2010 Awards

Introduction

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Air Care Alliance (ACA) have created a set of national awards designed to recognize the contributions of those individuals in aviation who fly and volunteer for the benefit of others, public benefit flying organizations, and those who support them. We're asking for your help in identifying those who have been doing outstanding work which should be recognized.

The 2010 National Public Benefit Flying Awards were presented in the U.S. Capitol Building on September 16, 2010.

Haitian Relief Volunteers among those honored with the 2010 Public Benefit Flying Awards


Washington, DC, July 12, 2010 -- The National Aeronautic Association, in partnership with the Air Care Alliance, a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations, is proud to announce the recipients of the 2010 National Public Benefit Flying Awards.

This year’s recipients are:

Distinguished Volunteer Pilot – Gene Schmidt, Bahamas Habitat

Distinguished Volunteer – Justin Ogden, Captain, Civil Air Patrol, Southwest Region, Arizona Wing

Outstanding Achievement in Public Benefit Flying – Bahamas Habitat

Teamwork Award – All Volunteer Pilots and other Volunteers Conducting Flights in Support of the Haitian Relief Efforts.

Represented by Bahamas Habitat, AeroBridge, and the National Business Aircraft Association.

“Just as in years past, this year’s Public Benefit Flying Honorees symbolize the very best of the people, organizations, and equipment which make up the aviation community in America,” said Jonathan Gaffney, President and CEO of NAA and Chairman of the Selection Committee. “These awards reflect the selflessness of our industry and the benefit it provides to people throughout our continent. We are very proud to be part of this program.”

Air Care Alliance Chairman Rol Murrow notes, “Our organizations worked together to make sure that these quiet but hard working and dedicated volunteers and their groups receive the recognition and honors they so richly deserve. People in need and the nation at large are deeply indebted to them for their outstanding service.”

The Public Benefit Flying Awards were created to honor volunteer pilots, other volunteers, and their organizations engaged in flying to help others, and those supporting such work. Since 2003 dozens of awards have been presented at the celebratory Above and Beyond Awards Ceremony, held each fall in the United States Capitol Building.

These prestigious awards will be presented at the special invitational “Above and Beyond” Awards Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 16, 2010 in the Lyndon B. Johnson Room of the U.S. Senate.

Please do visit the prior award pages to see information and photos about our prior recipients.

To read more about prior awards and see photos of the events, held in the U.S. Capitol Building, visit our Public Benefit Flying Awards Page.