National Aviation Heritage Alliance honors volunteers, partners

DAYTON, Ohio — The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) named Air Force veteran, engineer, entrepreneur and community volunteer Walter Hoy as the winner of the Ivonette Wright Miller Award at its 2013 annual meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20. NAHA also awarded its Wick Wright Award to Phillip Parker, president and CEO of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, and its PROPS (Partner Recognition of Outstanding Support) Award to Wright “B” Flyer, Inc.

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5,000 kids take flight, thanks to Oregon couple

Larry Durst flew his 5,000th Young Eagle on June 7: Cole Brecht, 12 (far right) of Looking Glass, Ore. Also (l-r): Young Eagles Jesse Brecht, 10, and Lily Creekmore, 11.

OSHKOSH, Wis. – Only one other person has flown more kids for EAA’s Young Eagles program than volunteer pilot Larry Durst.

Since 1994, 5,000 children have taken flight with Durst. Working as a team — he flies, and his wife, Maxine, recruits — the Dursts’ relentless devotion to inspiring kids with aviation has earned the couple the 2013 Phillips 66 Aviation Leadership Award.

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My first plane

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By EDWARD DOLEJSI

The overwhelming desire to buy a plane for the first timer can be the experience of a lifetime. The dream of owning my own plane, the search for the right one, and finally parting with my money, should have started my life in the pilots’ paradise.

Well, “should have” are the operative words here.

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