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AOPA presents Hartranft Award to Inhofe, ManchinAOPA presents Hartranft Award to Inhofe, Manchin

Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) received the 2015 Joseph B. Hartranft Award from AOPA President Mark Baker.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) receives the Joseph B. Hartranft Award from AOPA President Mark Baker. Photo by John Harrington.

“As both pilots and advocates for general aviation on Capitol Hill, Senators Inhofe and Manchin have played a vital role in protecting our freedom to fly and the 1.1 million American jobs that general aviation supports,” said Baker. “From third class medical reform to the Part 23 rewrite, they consistently take the lead on the policies that benefit the pilot community and the economy, and on behalf of our members we thank them for their service and support.”

The Hartranft Award is presented annually to one elected or appointed government official who made significant contributions to the advancement of GA, but this year AOPA is honoring both Inhofe and Manchin for their bipartisan work on third class medical reform. The award is named after AOPA’s first president and former chairman of the board, “Doc” Hartranft.

Inhofe thanked AOPA for its work to educate members of Congress and discussed GA’s economic contributions in his home state of Oklahoma and across the country.

"Aviation has been a bright point in Oklahoma’s economy in recent years, largely due to the robust general aviation community,” said Inhofe. “As a pilot who regularly attends fly-ins across the state, I can attest to the doors of opportunity general aviation has opened to our local businesses and job creators. It’s been a great honor to work hard in the Senate for the general aviation community to ensure they have free and safe skies to continue flying and supporting our economy, not only in Oklahoma but also across the nation. I appreciate AOPA for honoring me with the Hartranft Award, and thank them for all the work they do to educate my colleagues in Congress on issues that affect pilots.”

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) receives the Joseph B. Hartranft Award from AOPA President Mark Baker. Photo by John Harrington.

Manchin also discussed GA’s economic contributions and noted he has been an AOPA member since the late 1960s.

“I first joined AOPA in 1968 and as a senator I rely on them for their insight and advocacy,” said Manchin. “As a multi-billion dollar industry, general aviation is woven into the economic fabric of every community, and I thank AOPA for this honor and look forward to continuing our work on behalf of pilots in West Virginia and across America.”

Joe Kildea

Joe Kildea

AOPA Senior Director of Communications
Joe is a student pilot and his first solo flight was at AOPA’s home airport in Frederick, Maryland. Before joining AOPA in 2015, he worked for numerous political campaigns, news organizations, and the White House Press Office.
Topics: Advocacy, Capitol Hill

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