The Aero Club of New England (ACONE) will present the Godfrey L. Cabot Award to Abe Karem on Friday, June 5, 2015 in Boston.
The Godfrey L. Cabot Award will be presented to Karem to honor his lifetime of innovation creating remotely piloted, unmanned aerial vehicles (RPA). His designs have fundamentally defined the basic configuration for the majority of fixed-wing and single-rotor RPAs, according to club officials.
Karem has developed more than 30 aircraft designs, half of which have been built and flown, since emigrating from Israel in 1977. He is best known for the achievements of Leading Systems, which created the Predator family of RPAs.
In addition, he developed and patented the Optimum Speed Rotor (OSR) and the OSR-equipped A160 Hummingbird VTOL RPA. He then extended the OSR concept to tilt rotors, developing the Optimum Speed Tiltrotor (OSTR) family of technologies, now protected by over 30 patents.
Karem is founder, president, and chief designer of Karem Aircraft located in Lake Forest, Calif.
The Cabot Award, made in commemoration of Dr. Godfrey L. Cabot (now deceased), is presented each year by ACONE to an individual or team who have made a unique and unparalleled contribution to encourage and advance aviation and space flight.
The Aero Club of New England (ACONE), the oldest aero club in the Americas, was formally chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on Dec. 9, 1907. But aviation annals reveal that the organization
predates that historic occasion by five years, when it was organized on Jan. 2, 1902, nearly two years before the Wright brothers made their landmark flight of Dec. 17, 1903 at Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina.