Since 1960, the Dr. August Raspet Memorial Award has been presented every year to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of light aircraft design.
The award is named for the late Dr. August "Gus" Raspet, a professor at Mississippi State University and avid light aircraft enthusiast. Raspet was instrumental in elevating the aeronautical engineering program at Mississippi A&M College, as it was originally known, into one of the nation's preeminent aerophysics research centers. The Raspet Flight Research Laboratory in Starkville, Miss. - a tribute to all of his efforts - was completed in 1962.
The first recipient of the award was John Thorp, Lockheed engineer on the Little Dipper and Big Dipper, and designer of the Thorp Aviation Sky Skooter. Since then the list of people honored reads like a Who's Who of aircraft design.
|2023||Ivo Boscarol and Pipistrel Team|
|2020||No Award - AirVenture Canceled|
|2015||John and Jeremy Monnett|
|2013||BRP Rotax Engines|
|2006||Gordon Pratt and Ricardo Price / Chelton Flight Systems|
|2005||Chuck Bilbe and Jim Younkin|
|2000||Rotary Air Force|
|1997||Jim Rahm, Al Joniec|
|1996||Stoddard-Hamilton GlaStar Design Team|
|1992||Alan and Dale Klapmeier|
|1986||Mark D. Brown|
|1984||B. J. Schramm|
|1975||M. B. "Molt" Taylor|
|1964||Richard E. Schreder|
|1963||Dr. Alexander Lippisch|