Sun, May 25, 2008
Company EVP Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturer
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) announced
Friday that Frank Pace, executive vice president of the
company’s Aircraft Systems Group, was recently honored by the
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) with a
local lifetime achievement award in aerospace engineering.
The San Diego Section is dedicated to promoting awareness,
activism and access throughout the aerospace community.
Pace was recognized at the San Diego Section’s 2008 Annual
Awards Banquet, held Thursday, for a lifelong career in aerospace
engineering highlighted by his successful full life-cycle
management of many unmanned aircraft systems that have
revolutionized the field of UAS and their use in combat. The award
is presented to candidates who have made a significant contribution
to aerospace engineering over a lifelong career.
"Mr. Pace's significant contributions over his distinguished
27-year aerospace engineering career have transformed the global
UAS industry," said Thomas J. Cassidy, Jr., president, Aircraft
Systems Group, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. "His
innovative engineering programs have dramatically improved UAS
capabilities, accelerated global UAS procurement, and established
the standard against which all other UAS are judged. His impressive
efforts have contributed to GA-ASI's recognition as the world's
premier supplier of unmanned aircraft systems, and we are very
proud to have him on our team."
Frank Pace has been involved in unmanned flight for over 27
years, and in unmanned aircraft for 22 years. GA-ASI notes his
engineering achievements have produced a series of proven UAS that
have been critical to US and coalition forces during combat
operations in the Balkans Conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom, and
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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