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2011 COLLIER TROPHY NOMINEES
AND SELECTION COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED
Arlington, Virginia, February 2, 2012 -- The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) announced that former Collier Trophy recipients Dick Rutan, Joe Lombardo, Bobby Sturgel), and Jeff Pino will be among the aviation leaders who will participate in the Selection Committee for the 2011 Robert J. Collier Trophy. In addition, NAA released the list of nominees as well as the entire Selection Committee.
The nominees are:
• Boeing 787 Dreamliner
• C-5M Super Galaxy
• The Gamera Human-Powered Helicopter
• Taurus G-4 Electric-Powered Aircraft
The Collier Trophy, the “Greatest Award in Aviation,” has been the benchmark of aviation and aerospace achievement for over 100 years. Awarded annually “….for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America,” it has been bestowed upon some of the most important projects, programs, individuals, and accomplishments in our nation’s history.
Past winners include the crews of Apollo 11 and Apollo 8, the Mercury 7, Scott Crossfield, Elmer Sperry and Howard Hughes. Projects and programs which have been the recipient of the Collier include the B-52, the Polaris Missile, the Surveyor Moon Landing Program, the Boeing 747, the Cessna Citation, the Gulfstream V, the F-22, and the International Space Station. The 2010 Collier was awarded to the Sikorsky X2 Technology™ Demonstrator Team.
Led by NAA Chairman Walter J. Boyne, the Selection Committee will consist of 31 leaders representing organizations throughout aviation and aerospace. The members are:
Dick Rutan, Collier Recipient - 1986
Joe Lombardo, Gulfstream - Collier Recipient, 2003
The Hon. Bobby Sturgell, Rockwell Collins – Collier Recipient/ADSB, 2008
Jeff Pino, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation – Collier Recipient, 2010
Richard Aboulafia, The Teal Group
Monte Belger, Aero Club of Washington
The Hon. Marion Blakey, Aerospace Industries Association
Bob Blouin, Hawker Beechcraft
Ed Bolen, National Business Aviation Association
Pete Bunce, General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Steve Callaghan, National Aviation Club Committee of NAA
Steve Champness, Aero Club of Atlanta
David Coleal, Spirit AeroSystems
Brian Glackin, Cobham
Mathew Greene, Safe Flight Instrument
Leo Knaapen, Bombardier
John Langford, Aurora Flight Sciences
Dave Manke, United Technologies
Mary Miller, Signature Flight Support/BBA Aviation
Stan O’Connor, GE Aviation
Steve Plummer, Rolls Royce, North America
Skip Ringo, DRS
Bob Rubino, Lockheed Martin
Ed Scott, United States Parachute Association
Bob Stangarone, Embraer
Al Tyler, Soaring Society of America
Mark Van Tine, Jeppesen
Tony Velocci, Aviation Week and Space Technology
Bob Vilhaeur, Boeing
Diane White, Cessna Aircraft Company
Jonathan Gaffney, President and CEO of NAA, will serve as the Director of the process and is a non-voting member of the Committee.
“We are very proud of the nominations we received for the 2011 Collier Trophy, said Boyne. “Each of them – in their own way – mark significant progress in the advancement of aviation and aerospace on the planet, and we certainly welcome to the Collier selection process.”
The Selection Committee will meet on Monday, March 12, in Arlington, Virginia, and the winner will be announced the next day, March 13, at the NAA Spring Awards Ceremony and Luncheon. The formal presentation of the Collier Trophy will take place on May 10, 2012, at the 2012 Collier Dinner in Arlington, Virginia.
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