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EAA, Young Eagles Receive Champion of Public Benefit Flying Award

  • Rol Murrow, left, president of the Air Care Alliance, presents EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton with the Champion of Public Benefit Flying award on November 5 in Arlington, Virginia.

November 6, 2014 - EAA and its Young Eagles program received the National Aeronautic Association/Air Care Alliance Champion of Public Benefit Flying award at the NAA fall awards dinner held in Arlington, Virginia, on Wednesday, November 5. Air Care Alliance President Rol Murrow presented EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton with the award.

EAA and Young Eagles have facilitated public benefit flying and educated youths about the opportunities aviation provides. Since 1992, EAA volunteers have provided nearly 2 million young people with the thrill of flight and passing on their enthusiasm for aviation to the next generation. Many Young Eagles have gone on to become pilots, aircraft mechanics, air traffic controllers, or participants in numerous other aviation-related careers.

Joining Pelton and his wife, Rose, at the EAA table were several representatives of EAA Chapter 186 Young Eagles located in Manassas, Virginia, including James Sulton, Young Eagles coordinator; Chris Berg, Young Eagles pilot; Paul Schafer, Eagle Flights coordinator; and EAA Air Academy attendees Emma Bone and Kaitlin Bennett who were sponsored by the chapter. Also in attendance was EAA Tri-Motor pilot Cody Welch.

The Public Benefit Flying Awards were created to honor volunteers and their organizations that are engaged in flying to help others, as well as those supporting such work. To nominate someone for the 2015 Public Benefit Flying Awards, please visit the NAA or Air Care Alliance websites. 

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