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Aviation Week recognizes Baker with LaureateAviation Week recognizes Baker with Laureate

The aviation and aerospace industries came together March 14 to recognize “great achievers.” The occasion was Aviation Week awarding its sixty-second annual Laureates, a series of awards recognizing achievements in business aviation, commercial, defense, and space.

William Garvey, editor in chief of Business and Commercial Aviation magazine (at podium), congratulates AOPA President Mark Baker (left) for winning the Leadership Laureate in the Business Aviation category during the sixty-second annual presentation of the Aviation Week awards. Jim Alpiser, Garmin's director of aviation aftermarket sales (next to Baker), had just been awarded the Laureate for Electronics/Avionics in the same category. Photo by Tom Haines.

During the black-tie affair at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., AOPA President Mark Baker was awarded the Laureate for Leadership in the Business Aviation category. He was nominated by the staff of Business and Commercial Aviation magazine and the other editors at the Aviation Week network of publications. His nomination read: “From helping create flying clubs to welcoming drone pilots, AOPA under Baker has addressed declining private pilot numbers with initiatives including providing aviation education to high schools, lobbying for medical certification reform and helping rusty pilots get back in the cockpit.”

Others winning Laureates in the Business Aviation category were Garmin International, Gulfstream Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada, and GE. Bombardier won the Grand Laureate in the category for its Global 7500, which, according to the nomination, “sets a new standard for business jets with a four-section cabin, full-size kitchen and dedicated crew suite; advanced fly-by-wire and flight deck technology; and a 7,700-nm range—enough to fly New York-Hong Kong or Singapore-San Francisco.”

“This year’s winners exemplify the spirit and innovations that are transforming our industry to meet the challenges of tomorrow,” said Aviation Week Network Editorial Director Joe Anselmo at the ceremony.

For a complete list of Laureate winners, see the Aviation Week website.

Thomas B. Haines

Thomas B Haines

Editor in Chief
AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines joined AOPA in 1988. He owns and flies a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza. Since soloing at 16 and earning a private pilot certificate at 17, he has flown more than 100 models of general aviation airplanes.
Topics: AOPA, Aviation Industry, Awards and Records

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