The Friends and Partners in Aviation Weather organization announced that AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne is the recipient of its 2020 Service Award for his work educating pilots about aviation weather.
Horne was chosen for his “outstanding efforts” educating general aviation pilots about weather hazards and promoting aviation safety.
Horne’s award was acknowledged by AOPA Senior Vice President of Media, Communications, and Outreach Tom Haines, who noted that Horne “has educated millions of pilots” through his “Wx Watch” column and other writings in AOPA Pilot and in AOPA’s other media channels over more than 30 years as an aviation journalist.
As the author of Flying America's Weather: A Pilot's Tour of Our Nation's Weather Regions, Horne “literally wrote the book on aviation weather,” Haines said.
Friends and Partners in Aviation Weather’s mission is “to increase understanding of the impact of weather on current and emerging aviation operations, identify, discuss and provide support to problem areas that need further development of accurate and timely weather guidance, and facilitate the integration of weather into the operational decision-making process” to create “the safest, most efficient and reliable aviation operations possible.”