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VOLUNTEERS AND THEIR ORGANIZATIONS HONORED WITH 2012 NATIONAL PUBLIC BENEFIT FLYING AWARDS
Washington, DC, July 9, 2012 -- The National Aeronautic Association, in partnership with the Air Care Alliance, a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations, is proud to announce the recipients of the 2012 National Public Benefit Flying Awards.
This year’s recipients in each award category are:
Distinguished Volunteer Pilots –
Susan Lapis, SouthWings for her enormous contributions using her aerial aviation skills to protect the natural heritage, communities and ecosystems of the Southeast.
Del Reiff, Wings of Hope for his decades of dedicated effort and flying over 3,900 hours to solve the causes of poverty and isolation and to serve mankind on several continents from “war torn” Congo to the Amazon Jungles.
Distinguished Volunteers –
Debi Boies, Pilots N Paws for creating a national organization that has greatly contributed to transporting rescue animals from kill shelters to forever homes.
Larry Scheffler, Miracle Flights For Kids for his outstanding contributions to improve the quality of community life for sick children across America and beyond.
Outstanding Achievement in Public Benefit Flying –
Bob Showalter and Showalter Flying Services, for committed support of public benefit flying organizations in times of national and international crisis, such as relief work following the Haitian earthquake and Hurricane Irene.
Champion of Public Benefit Flying –
Lightspeed Aviation Foundation, In recognition of Lightspeed’s significant contribution by creating a support system enhancing groups involved in public benefit flying.
“I am very proud of the recipients of the 2012 Public Benefit Flying Awards,” said NAA President and CEO Jonathan Gaffney. “All of the nominations were worthy, but the list of our honorees demonstrates again the diversity of public benefit flying in America and the many different people who benefit from it.”
Air Care Alliance Chairman Rol Murrow notes, “These recipients are being recognized for their own contributions and also because they serve as examples of all those others who work to fly patients for care, serve in times of emergencies, provide educational flights for youth, support environmental causes, help our veterans, and provide help in many other ways to those in need. We truly enjoy working with NAA to honor these worthy individuals and groups.”
Members of the 2012 PBF Selection Committee were Jonathan Gaffney, President and CEO of NAA (Chairman of the Selection Committee); Linda Daschle, LHD and Associates; Steve Champness, President, Aero Club of Atlanta; Paula Hochstetler, President, Airport Consultants Council; and Lindy Kirkland, Judy Benjamin, and Rick Durden of the Air Care Alliance.
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