The Airline Pilots Association awarded its 2004 Air Safety Award to Robert Sumwalt, a retired US Airways captain. The award is presented to a line pilot air safety volunteer who has made significant contributions to safety through volunteer service in the association’s air safety structure.
Executive Jet Management received special recognition from Grey Owl Aviation Consultants for its commitment to human factors training and improving safety and reducing maintenance errors.
The late Bessie Coleman will be the first African American pilot to be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Coleman was the first African American to earn a pilot’s license, which she received in June 1921 in France. She was also the first black female pilot in the world and the first licensed black pilot in the U.S. She died in 1926 while flying in preparation for an airshow. Induction ceremonies will be held in July.
Burt Rutan will receive the Southern California Aeronautic Association’s Howard Hughes Memorial Award in Los Angeles on January 26. The award is presented to an aerospace leader whose accomplishments throughout an extensive career have contributed significantly to the advancement of aviation or space technology. Rutan will be honored for the nonstop flight of the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer early this year and the first privately funded human space flight in SpaceShipOne on June 21, 2004.
Steve Whitlock, senior v-p of AirSure Insurance, formerly Aero Insurance, received the Aviation Insurance Association’s certified aviation insurance professional designation.