Mon, Mar 16, 2009
Will Be Honored At EAA AirVenture 2009
In each of the past 45 years, the General Aviation Awards
program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have
recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of
flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety for
their contributions to aviation, education, and flight safety.
Recipients of this year's national awards are:
- Alfred Joseph "Lucky" Louque of Chatfield, TX, Aviation
Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year;
- Arlynn Marine McMahon, Versailles, KY, Certificated Flight
Instructor (CFI) of the Year;
- Paul Jerome "Jerry" Stooksbury of Fort Collins, CO, Avionics
Technician of the Year; and
- Kent Blair Lewis of Keller, TX, FAA Safety Team Representative
of the Year (previously, this award was the Aviation Safety
Counselor (ASC) of the Year.)
This awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and
more than a dozen industry sponsors. The selection process begins
with local FAA Safety Team managers at Flight Standards District
Offices (FSDO) and then moves on to the eight regional FAA offices.
Panels of aviation professionals from within those four fields then
select national winners from the pool of regional winners.
"These awards highlight the important role played by these
individuals in promoting aviation education and flight safety,"
said JoAnn Hill, General Aviation Awards Committee chairperson.
"The awards program sponsors are pleased that these outstanding
aviation professionals will receive the recognition they so richly
deserve before their peers in Oshkosh."
The FAA administrator -- whoever that might be -- will present
the national awards in July during a "Theater in the Woods" program
at EAA AirVenture 2009 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Included in the prize
package for all four national winners is an all-expense paid trip
to Oshkosh for the recipient and a guest to attend the awards
presentation and other GA Awards activities.
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