Awards & Honors: January 2006

 - September 28, 2006, 5:48 AM

The FAA will present its Excellence in Aviation Research Awards to Richard Dolbeer, coordinator of the aviation safety and assistance program for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Colin Drury, University of Buffalo distinguished professor and chairman of the university’s industrial engineering department. They were honored for their work in airport wildlife hazard mitigation and aviation maintenance human factors, respectively.

The following people and companies have been inducted into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame: Gordon Baxter, Emma Browning, Wally Scott, L.C. (Lance) Wade and the H.B. Zachry Co.

Christopher Wickens received the University Aviation Association’s president’s award for his commitment to aviation human factors education and aviation research. Wickens is currently professor emeritus of experimental psychology, head emeritus of the aviation human factors division and associate director emeritus of the Institute of Aviation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Henry “Hank” Beaird Jr. was elected to the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame in October. Beaird was a pilot in World War II in the Pacific Theater. He has served as a chief engineer and test pilot for Republic Aviation, Lear Jet Industries, Lear Fan and OMAC. Beaird made first flights in the XF-84H turboprop-jet hybrid and F-105B turbojet for Republic Aviation at Edwards AFB; Learjets 23, 24 and 25 for Lear Jet Industries in Wichita; the Lear Fan for Lear Fan in Reno, Nev.; and the Laser for OMAC in Reno, Nev.

Richard Juve Forns, a senior flight instructor at Bell Helicopter, has been selected to receive the Helicopter Association International (HAI) 2005 Outstanding Certified Flight Instructor Award. Forns has been a flight instructor for 35 years and has amassed 10,000 hours of flight instruction with more than 3,000 students. He has flown more than 22,000 accident- and violation-free hours. Forns will receive his award at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards banquet at Heli-Expo next month.