June 17, 2020 Newsbite

Dear NAA Members and Friends,
As NAA continues to adapt our learning and networking based programs to meet the challenges of our new world, we are excited to announce our second webinar in partnership with the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) – Space: Charting the Next Trajectory. Join hosts Amy Spowart, President & CEO of the NAHF, and Greg Principato, President & CEO of the NAA, on June 25th at 11:00 a.m. ET as they lead a lively discussion about space flight – past, present, and future – with a group of extraordinary aerospace leaders. Expert panelists include Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson, USN (Ret.), Top-Gun, Test Pilot, and Astronaut; Mr. Brett Alexander, VP Government Sales, Blue Origin; Dr. Ellen Stofan, Director, Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum; and Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden, USMC (Ret.), Test Pilot, Combat Veteran, and Astronaut. As an added bonus, the first 25 NAA/NAHF members to register for the webinar will be entered for a chance to win a limited-edition Hoot Gibson signed print!

There are just 13 days left to take advantage of NAA’s June membership promotion, which offers discounted membership pricing and expanded benefits to new and renewing members who purchase or upgrade to a silver, gold, of platinum (lifetime) membership. Don’t miss out on this limited time offer!

Silver Level Membership: $125 Now $100
Gold Level Membership: $250 Now $200
Platinum (Lifetime) Membership: $1,000 Now $850

Earlier this week, NAA announced that General J.R. “Jack” Dailey, USMC (Ret.) and Former Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum, was selected as the recipient of the 2020 Bruce Whitman Trophy. The Whitman Trophy was established by the Board of Directors of NAA in 2019 to honor the late aerospace executive and philanthropist. Whitman was posthumously named as the first recipient of the trophy the same year. The trophy is awarded to “… outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to aviation or aerospace in the United States, and who by working with museums and other institutions have promoted an appreciation by students and the broader public of the sacrifices and legacy of members of the military service.” “I can’t think of anyone who embodies the spirt of the Bruce Whitman Trophy more than Jack,” said NAA Chairman Jim Albaugh. “What makes it especially meaningful, is that while both Jack and Bruce were dedicated to aerospace and its heritage, they were also very close friends.” NAA will present the Bruce Whitman Trophy to General Dailey on a date to be announced.

The Aero Club of Northern California is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, June 18th featuring guest speaker John Aitken, Director of Aviation for San Jose International Airport (SJC). Aitken has served at SJC for over 27 years, and in his current role of Director, he is at the forefront of changes in aviation due to the COVID-19 response. It’s not too late to register – sign up today!

Lastly, NAA would like to congratulate David Joyce, Vice Chair of GE and President & CEO of GE Aviation, who announced his retirement from the company on June 15th after 40 years of service. It was also announced that John Slattery, Embraer’s President & CEO of Commercial Aviation, has been named President & CEO elect of GE Aviation, effective July 13th.

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