Georgia Governor. Sonny Perdue, keynote speaker at today’s opening general session, was recently recognized with NBAA’s 2010 American Spirit Award. “Governor Perdue has two great passions–aviation and the state of Georgia–and has spent many years tirelessly supporting and nurturing the development of both,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
NBAA’s American Spirit Award is presented to “an individual who exemplifies the service, courage and pursuit of excellence in support of business aviation that characterizes the men and women who created and advanced the American aviation community.”
In 2007, Perdue addressed attendees at the 60th NBAA Convention, which was also held in Atlanta. That year, the governor joined NBAA in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the state’s historic first flight by E. Patrick Epps in 1907. Last year, Perdue issued a proclamation recognizing the essential role general aviation plays for the state and its businesses. Past honorees of the Spirit Award include John and Martha King, founders of King Schools, and Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.).