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.
Former American Air Campers Association (AACA) Founder and President Don Abbott has received the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Nathan “Nate” Bruss turned 16 years old on Friday, August 16. He celebrated by soloing 10 different aircraft from Flying Cloud Airport. “The day went great,” said Nate Bruss via email. “The wind picked up towards the afternoon and I had a 5 kt crosswind component, but it was within my personal limitations.”
By BILL WILSON
To what aviation mentor do you owe your life? Is there a person who has personally touched you, that you could say, without reservation, has taught you an essential lesson of salvation? For hundreds of pilots and amateur aircraft builders, that person is Lowell Farrand.
OSHKOSH – Each year, the team of volunteer air traffic controllers who work throughout the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh nominate one of their peers to be the recipient of the AirVenture Controller of the Year Award. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association congratulates NATCA member Greg Emberland on receiving this prestigious award.
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.
General Aviation New staff reporter Meg Godlewski, a five-time double Master CFI, recently renewed her Master CFI and Master GI accreditations.
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.
By Ann Pellegreno
Well-known aviation mechanic Lee R. Koepke, 87, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, passed away July 3.