January 18th Ceremony Once Again Hosted By John Travolta
The 10th Annual "Living Legends of Aviation" Awards, presented by Bell Helicopter and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, announce some of this year's honorees. The awards will be held January 18, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton. The 10th annual awards will be hosted by "The Official Ambassador of Aviation" John Travolta, and will celebrate a decade of recognition during aviation's second hundred years.
The program starts with Morgan Freeman narrating the "Flown West" tribute to four Legends that took their last flight West in 2012 - Neil Armstrong, Carroll Shelby, George McGovern, and AL Ueltschi, followed by the inductions of new "Living Legends of Aviation." Harrison Ford will present the Harrison Ford Aviation Legacy Award to Greg Anderson, founder of the "Young Eagles" and CEO of Wings Over the Rockies.
James Albaugh will be inducted into the "Living Legends of Aviation" and will receive the Lifetime Aviation Industry Leader Award for his remarkable contributions and career at Boeing Aircraft Company. Inductees include Eren and Fatih Ozmen, the dynamic leaders of Sierra Nevada Corporation, who have taken their company from 20 to 2100 employees. Additionally, the Ozmen's will present this year's Aviation Industry Entrepreneur of the Year Award to John Uzcekaj, CEO of Aspen Avionics.
David Neeleman (pictured) will be honored with the Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award. A true entrepreneur, Mr. Neeleman, founded Jet Blue Airlines in 1998, and Azul Airlines in 2008,revolutionizing travel for millions of people in both North and South America.
Actor, producer and aerobatic pilot David Ellison will be presented with the 2013 "Aviation Inspiration and Patriotism Award."
Also in attendance will be Sully Sullenberger and new inductee test pilot Randy Gaston. Bob Hoover will present his Freedom of Flight Award to the first and the last man to walk on the moon. Accepting are Carol Armstrong and Gene Cernan. Over 50 "Living Legends of Aviation" including many celebrity Legends, are expected to be part of "the most important and prestigious recognition event in aviation."