Nomination period: May 1 - August 31
About the Awards
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Air Care Alliance (ACA) created the Public Benefit Flying Awards, a set of national awards designed to recognize the significant contributions to the Nation of volunteer-based Public Benefit Flying and the outstanding work of the individuals and organizations engaged in this humanitarian activity. Since 2003 dozens of awards have been presented at the celebratory "Above and Beyond" awards ceremony, held each fall in the United States Capitol.
The awards are divided into five categories:
Distinguished Volunteer Pilot
Awarded to an individual or individuals for outstanding public benefit flying service as a volunteer pilot. Awarded for performance that exceeds expectations and distinguishes nominee volunteers or their effort from others.
Awarded to an individual or individuals for outstanding service as a non-flying volunteer working in public benefit flying. Awarded for performance that exceeds expectations and distinguishes non-pilot volunteers or their effort from others.
Outstanding Achievement in Advancement of Public Benefit Flying
Awarded for outstanding achievement by an individual or organization that helped raise the standard of service of or contributed significantly to the overall advancement of Public Benefit Flying. Given for exemplary achievement or contributions by an individual, group of individuals, an organization, or group of organizations that significantly raised the standard of service, improved the state-of-the-art, or contributed to the advancement of Public Benefit flying overall.
Public Benefit Flying Teamwork Award
Awarded for outstanding cooperation and coordination involving two or more unaffiliated Public Benefit Flying organizations in the accomplishment of a common mission, task, or objective. Given For exemplary collaboration involving unrelated individuals and/or unaffiliated and independent public benefit flying organizations in order to complete a task or endeavor beyond the scope and resources of any one public benefit flying organization.
Champion of Public Benefit Flying
Awarded to an individual, organization, or company who, while not operationally directly involved in Public Benefit Flying, has provided extraordinary support for such efforts and thus advanced the cause of Public Benefit Flying. This award is intended for individuals or groups not directly or primarily involved in public benefit flying, for extraordinary support and contributions providing fair winds beneath the wings of public benefit flying organizations and their volunteers.
A detailed listing of past recipients can be viewed here.
Photo Albums from past events can be viewed by clicking on the year below: