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Alexander "Sandy" Hill, Communications Director GA Awards Committee
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September 13, 2007
These annual awards highlight the important role played by these individuals . . .



Each year for more than four decades, the General Aviation Awards program has recognized a small group of aviation professionals for their contributions to aviation education and flight safety.


This awards program is a cooperative effort between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and more than a dozen industry sponsors.  The program's goal is to identify individuals on the local, regional, and national levels as Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year, Avionics Technician of the Year, and FAA Safety Team Representative of the Year.  Previously, this award was the Aviation Safety Counselor (ASC) of the Year.


The selection process begins with local FAA Safety Team Managers (FPMs) at Flight Standards District Offices (FSDOs) and then moves on to the eight regional FAA offices.  Panels of aviation professionals from within those four fields then select national winners from the pool of regional winners.


In each of the past five years, the FAA Administrator has presented the national awards in July during a "Theater in the Woods" program at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Included in the prize package for all four national winners is an all expense paid trip to AirVenture for the recipient and a guest to attend the awards presentation.


"These annual awards highlight the important role played by these individuals in promoting aviation education and flight safety," said JoAnn Hill, General Aviation Awards Committee chairperson.  "The awards program sponsors are pleased that these outstanding aviation professionals will receive the recognition they so richly deserve before their peers in Oshkosh."


The program's executive committee includes the Aircraft Electronics Ass'n ( AEA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Ass'n of Flight Instructors (NAFI).  Additional support and sponsorship are provided by the Aeronautical Repair Station Ass'n (ARSA), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Ass'n (AOPA), the Aircraft Maintenance Technology Society (AMT Society), the Experimental Aircraft Ass'n (EAA), the General Aviation Manufacturers Ass'n (GAMA), the Helicopter Ass'n International (HAI), the National Air Transportation Ass'n (NATA), the National Ass'n of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), the National Business Aviation Ass'n (NBAA), the Professional Aviation Maintenance Ass'n (PAMA), and Women in Aviation International (WAI).


Additional information about the General Aviation Awards Program is available by calling 303-485-8136.  The application package as a fill-in-the-blanks PDF is available on the websites of sponsoring organizations.


Alexander "Sandy" Hill

Communications Director

GA Awards Committee

Phone:  303-485-8136