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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 21, 2022
Sandya Narayanswami, PhD
General Aviation Awards
Info@GeneralAviationAwards.org


General Aviation Awards Announces Submission Deadline Extension Versailles, Kentucky – November 21, 2022 – The GAA Board of Directors has announced an extension to the original November 30th deadline to submit candidate packages for National Certified Flight Instructor of the Year, Aviation Technician of the Year, and FAA Safety Team Representative of the year.

Effective immediately upon this release, the new deadline for submission packages is 5 PM Pacific Standard Time, December 31, 2022.

For questions regarding this extension, how to submit candidate packages, or other
inquiries, please contact General Aviation Awards at Info@GeneralAviationAwards.com.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

February 24, 2022
Sandya Narayanswami, PhD
General Aviation Awards
Info@GeneralAviationAwards.org

Awards for National Flight Instructor, Aviation Technician, and FAASTeam Rep of the year to be presented by the FAA at AirVenture

Versailles, Kentucky – February 14, 2022 – Every year for more than 50 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized aviation professionals for their contributions to general aviation in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance/avionics, and safety.

These awards highlight the important leadership roles these individuals play in promoting safety, education, and professionalism throughout the aviation industry. 

Recipients of the 2022 National General Aviation Awards are:

Amy Hoover of Ellensburg, Washington—2022 Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year

Michael Everhart of Charlotte, North Carolina—2022 Aviation Technician of the Year

Laura Hermann of St. Bonifacius, Minnesota—2022 FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year

The FAA will present individual awards to each National Honoree in July during EAA AirVenture 2022 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and their names will be added to the large perpetual plaque located in the lobby of the EAA AirVenture Museum. In addition to being recognized at AirVenture and highlighted in the aviation media, National Honorees also receive gifts provided by sponsors and contributors.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the names of the National Honorees for the 2022 General Aviation Awards,” says GA Awards Board Chair Sandya Narayanswami, “These awards highlight the critical roles that committed individuals play in promoting aviation safety and education,” she added, “The Board and our many generous sponsors are pleased that these outstanding aviation professionals will receive public recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments before their peers at AirVenture.”

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Click on any of the headshots below for high-resolution images. If you trim the information about these honorees for copy purposes, please retain the recipients’ email addresses so your readers may congratulate them. Thank you!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

January 27, 2022
Sandya Narayanswami, PhD
General Aviation Awards
Chairman@GeneralAviationAwards.org

GAA Now Accepting Applications for AirVenture Point of Contact

The General Aviation Awards Program is now accepting applications for our AirVenture Point of Contact.

This critical board position coordinates with the organizers of EAA’s AirVenture to ensure the annual national GAA award ceremonies go as planned. This position requires obligatory attendance at AirVenture. Other duties include a monthly board meeting held virtually on the second Wednesday of the month. A full job description follows.

Interested applicants should contact Sandya Narayanswami, PhD, Board Chair of the General Aviation Awards Program with their most recent resume, cover letter, and any questions regarding the opening.

Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2022.

About the General Aviation Awards Program:

The General Aviation Awards Program is a cooperative effort between many sponsoring organizations from the aviation industry and the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA.

For more than 50 years, the Program has recognized aviation professionals in the field of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and flight safety for their important contributions to the general aviation community.

These awards highlight the important leadership roles these individuals play in promoting safety, education, and professionalism throughout the aviation industry.

Award winners are recognized locally, regionally, and nationally. National winners are recognized during AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI each year. Winners also receive gifts provided by sponsors and contributors.

JOB DESCRIPTION: AirVenture Director (Required to attend AirVenture)

General Aviation Awards Program Board Position

  • Serve as a single POC with national honorees from the announcement (February/March) thru July Awards ceremony
  • Supervises the AirVenture Assistant and makes final decisions on behalf of AirVenture for routine expenditures.
  • Serves as “boots on the ground” at AirVenture on Wednesday evening and all day Thursday. Attends the Wednesday night “meet and greet” with honorees and guests and informs them of where to be and what’s expected of them on Thursday
  • Picks up honoree’s credentials and gift packets, luncheon poster, and program.
  • Oversees Thursday’s awards ceremony and luncheon and represents the Board at each
  • Receives, confirms, and handles “trade gifts” for Honorees distributed during Luncheon.
  • Affixes nameplates to perpetual GA Awards Plaque in EAA museum
  • Prepares a fun and upbeat “In case you missed it” after-AirVenture email that can be sent to all interested parties (preferably with photos!)
  • Schedules a debriefing with committee members after AirVenture to review the activities and discuss “things we should do differently next year,” documents discussion and distributes for the Board’s consideration.
  • Is required to attend at least January, February, March, April, May, June, July, and August board meetings.

FAA Safety Team | Safer Skies Through Education

You have asked us to notify you when a webinar is scheduled that meets your criteria. The following webinar may be of interest to you:
“Introducing the 2021 General Aviation Awards National Honorees and Their Safety Tips”

Topic: Meet the 2021 General Aviation Awards National Honorees and Learn Their Top Aviation Safety Tips!

On Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 20:00 Central Daylight Time (18:00 PDT, 19:00 MDT, 21:00 EDT, 15:00 HST, 17:00 AKDT, 18:00 Arizona, 01:00 GMT)

Select Number:
CE03105544

During this LIVE presentation you will meet each of the 2021 National Honorees, hear about their contributions to our industry, and learn about their top safety recommendations.

The mission of the General Aviation Awards (GAA) program is to recognize individual aviation professionals on the local, regional, and national levels for their contributions to aviation, education, and flight safety.

The program is a cooperative effort between general aviation industry sponsors and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). To learn more about GAA via this website http://www.generalaviationawards.com

The sponsor for this seminar is: FAASTeam

The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs:
Advanced Knowledge 2 – 1 Credit
AMT: 1.00


General Aviation Awards Now Accepting Applications for Board of Directors

The General Aviation Awards Program (http://www.generalaviationawards.com) is now accepting applications for the Board of Directors. The Board has 2 openings, for Public Relations Director and Fundraiser. We hope to fill the positions soon after AirVenture in September. We are also interested in recruiting additional volunteers to support these positions. If you are interested in being considered for positions a in P/R and Fundraising at not-for-profit organization, please contact Sandya Narayanswami, PhD at: chairman@generalaviationawards.org

Public Relations Director: The GAA Board would like to invite qualified individuals who understand public relations, marketing, communications, and social media. If you are forward thinking, energetic, a self-starter and team player, possess good written and verbal communication skills, and can put in a few hours a month, plus a monthly Board meeting (virtual), this is a position that offers significant visibility in General Aviation. Additional volunteer support for this position is welcomed.

Fundraiser: The GAA Board would like to invite qualified individuals who understand or have an interest in: fundraising from the General Aviation industry and individuals, online fundraising tools, and who can contribute industry contacts. If you are a dynamic self- starter and can put in a few hours a month, plus a monthly Board meeting (virtual), this is a position with the potential to attract significant support from the General Aviation industry and committed individuals. Additional volunteer support for this position is welcomed.

The General Aviation Awards Program is a cooperative effort between the aviation industry and the Federal Aviation Administration. For more than 50 years, the Program has recognized aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, and flight safety for their contributions. These awards highlight the important leadership roles these individuals play in promoting aviation safety, education, and professionalism. Winners are recognized locally, regionally and nationally. National winners are recognized during AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI each July.

The Program is coordinated by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of past National Honorees and representatives of organization sponsors or individuals with aviation and/or business expertise.


How You Can Support Excellence In Aviation

Please consider sponsoring or donating gifts to the General Aviation Awards program. Sponsorship funds pay for the out-of-pocket expenses of the program (e.g., award winner’s travel and lodging, catering, etc).  Gifts in the form of merchandise or checks are given to the individual national award winners at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. To become a sponsor or gift donor, please click on one of the following links:


The 2021 General Aviation Awards: Extended Application Deadline December 31, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Versailles, Kentucky (November 13, 2020) — The deadline for submitting nominations and applications for the prestigious 2021 National General Aviation Awards has been extended to December 31, 2020. 

For over 50 years, the General Aviation Awards Program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized aviation professionals for their contributions to general aviation in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, and safety.

The national Certificated Flight Instructor, Aviation Maintenance Technician, and FAA Safety Representative Honorees will receive an all-expense paid trip to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. During AirVenture they will receive recognition from the FAA Administrator, attend a dedicated ceremony with high-ranking FAA officials, have their names added to the perpetual plaque in the EAA Museum, and will be honored at an awards luncheon where they receive gifts donated by GAA’s industry sponsors.

Application forms and complete details of how to create an application packet can be found at http://www.GeneralAviationAwards.com/nominations

Please don’t delay! Help recognize “the best of the best” by nominating that truly exceptional flight instructor, aviation maintenance technician, or FAASTeam representative for one of these prestigious awards (or apply for one yourself).

For More Information visit http://www.GeneralAviationAwards.org or email info@GeneralAviationAwards.org

August 17, 2020:  Open Board and Committee Positions

August 12, 2020:  “GAA Board Members in the News”:
https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2020/august/12/new-maintenance-podcast-coming-soon

Catherine Cavagnaro
Catherine Cavagnaro

July 20, 2020:  From the August 2020 issue of AOPA Pilot magazine-an article by Catherine Cavagnaro, the General Aviation Awards 2020 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year.
https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2020/august/pilot/proficiency-new-airplane

Dennis Wolter
Dennis Wolter

July 15, 2020:  From the August issue of AOPA Pilot magazine-a profile of Dennis Wolter, the General Aviation Awards 2020 Aviation Technician of the Year.
https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2020/august/pilot/top-mechanic-dennis-wolter

June 15, 2020:  As everyone in GA must know by now, AirVenture 2020 was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.  As Chairman of the General Aviation Awards, I would like to provide our friends and supporters with a brief overview of our activities this year.

First and foremost, we had a superb award season and the 2020 Honorees can be seen here: http://www.generalaviationawards.com/news/.  We were also able to hold a fantastic GAALive! broadcast, our third: https://www.gaa-live.com/2020.html.  GAALive is an opportunity for Honorees of the General Aviation Awards Program to share their knowledge, skills, and “pet peeves” with the broader General Aviation community via a hosted live broadcast. This annual broadcast showcases both the General Aviation Awards program and the outstanding accomplishments of its Honorees.  Webcasts carry WINGS/AMT credit!

Our Host for GAA Live! this year was Phil Boyer, Past President of AOPA!  His generous and accomplished help ensured that the event was a great success!  The live broadcast was clearly a very effective way to get our-and your– Honorees in front of the GA public.  It was more important than ever this year.

Most importantly, we are not wasting your generous gifts.  Gifts and sponsorships are intended to benefit Honorees.  Most years, funds support Honoree travel and accommodations at AirVenture.  This year, they are being kept in reserve for AirVenture 2021.  We plan to combine the 2020 and 2021 awards.  Funds also allowed us to complete much-needed updates to the GAA website, and improve our online presence and processes.  This is not always easy due to the demands of getting ready for AirVenture.  Ongoing improvements, including regular web updates and press releases will help us do a better job going forward, strengthen the organization, preserve institutional memory, and enhance our public profile.  

“In-kind” gifts for the Honorees will be forwarded to them in July.  If you have gifts for the Honorees that you intended to hand to them at AirVenture, please ship them to GAA and we will deliver them.  We are very conscious of the need to steward our resources responsibly and I take this opportunity to thank our generous donors again for their support even during such difficult times as these!  Honorees will receive a plaque this year as every year, and their names will be inscribed on the AirVenture Museum Perpetual Plaque.

Finally, we hope to participate in this year’s online AirVenture in July! (https://www.eaatogether.org/).  What this adds up to is that GAA has already started getting its ducks in a row for AirVenture 2021 and I look forward to seeing you there!

Sandya Narayanswami, PhD
Chairman of the Board