The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) is now taking nominations for the first annual Lawrence P. Burke Trophy. The trophy gets its name from Lawrence “Larry” Burke, who co-founded the organization in 1982 and nurtured it through the ultralight aircraft phase and into the time of Light Sport Aircraft.
The Burke Trophy is one of two awards LAMA will convey each year to deserving individuals in the industry, according to officials. LAMA created the President’s Award in 1991 to recognize outstanding leaders in the light aircraft community. Every year at AirVenture Oshkosh, LAMA presents the award to a new winner to provide recognition to the people who make the aircraft kits, factory-built aircraft LSAs, those who supply products and services for light aviation, and individuals or government personnel who have shown exemplary service to light aviation.
The Burke Trophy will be awarded to the person gaining the most nominations from his or her peers in the industry for the greatest achievement in light aviation with respect to improving performance, efficiency, and safety of light aircraft during the preceding year. A plaque will be awarded to the winner at the annual LAMA Dinner at the 2011 Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida.
“To nominate a deserving person, any member of the light aircraft industry should provide the name and contact information for that person, along with a few statements about why this person deserves the recognition,” said Dan Johnson, LAMA chairman and president.
Send nominations to LAMA Office Manager Randee Laskewitz at Randee@LAMA.bz or mail them to 2001 Steamboat Ridge Court, Port Orange Fla., 32128.
LAMA is the light aviation industry’s trade association. Founded in 1984, it represents nearly 100 members of the LSA business community, including airframe manufacturers, producers of engines, avionics, and components, suppliers, distributors, flight schools, and other aviation businesses. For more information: LAMA.bz