A touch of inspiration keeps us going in difficult times – so the annual occurrence of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Awards livestreamed February felt like the progress we all need
The General Aviation Awards recognize selected people in the industry who have made important contributions to key areas within GA over the course of their careers. The main award, named after the legendary pilot and pioneer R A â ???? Bobâ ???? Hoover was first awarded to Hoover before his death and is now in his fifth year of the 2021 awardee is aircraft designer, engineer, and thought leader Burt Rutan, whose 49 unique aircraft projects have exceeded the limits of performance, safety and endurance – even the limits of outer space Rutan accepted the award and spoke from his home office, which is adorned with an anti-gravity bookcase in a cheeky hat tip to find the designer’s ready-to-use solutions to aerodynamic problems “The most important thing any aviator can do is to encourage others to learn to fly, “Rutan said. He noted that the application of his” three Cs “was the basis of his success: curiosity, creativity and courage
Rutan further noted that the loss of aircraft control can be almost completely remedied with the right design – the main focus of his life’s work, so the evening’s homage to him was an elegant counterpoint to the next award that went to a pioneer, the pilots Richard McSpadden, Senior Vice President of the Air Safety Institute, presented the founder of Ballistic Recovery Systems, Boris Popov, with the GA Safety Award for his life-saving contribution to aviation safety, the parachute of the supporters who had lost control of the aircraft for whatever reason ballistic airframe, from Popov reported the company marked 438 lives saved by using airplane slides – and countless lives affected by the device. “It is a precious tribute to all of the great people who worked hard to create [the device]”said Popov
Finally, but perhaps most poignantly, AOPA has presented a new award for 2020 and beyond, recognizing the contributions of an aviator who paved a path against racism in aviation and dedicated his life and service to raising new pilots Brigadier General Charles E The McGee Aviation Inspiration Award first honored its namesake, who accepted it with a reminder of its guiding principles, the “Four Ps”: Perceive, Prepare, Perform and Persevere. AOPA continued the presentation with the next recipient of the award, US Air Force Lt Col Kenyatta Ruffin, 71st Commander Operations Group at Vance AFB in Enid, Oklahoma, and F-16 pilot and instructor Ruffinâ € ™ who has flown since his first discovery flight at age 13â € œ like Brig Gen McGee’s ministry is focused on empowering young people interested in aviation through Legacy Flight Academy. Ruffin has been commended by fellow pilots, including supervisor Col Erick Turasz, who commented, “Vance AFB & 71 Operations Group is very proud of Lt. Col. Ruffin! “Thank you for your hard work & commitment Vance Proud! Â ????
For those who inspire elegant aircraft design and safety, like Rutan and Popov, and for Brig Gen McGee, you were an inspiration to us all Many thanks from us at Flying Und zu Lt Col Ruffin, we look forward to helping you shed some light on our future pilots
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