Aviation attorney James Cooling, a former NBAA director who still volunteers his time on behalf of NBAA and the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) as well as several other aviation causes, is the recipient of the John H. Winant Award.
John Gilbert Winant
“Given Paul Stinebring’s remarkable contributions to the International Business Aviation Council [IBAC], we believe it is entirely appropriate that he is receiving the John Winant Award,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “After all, it was John Winant who more than any other individual is responsible for the creation of IBAC.”
John Winant, NBAA’s first president, died on January 13 at the age of 85. Elected to the association’s board of directors in 1957, he became its first full-time head in 1971. During his 15-year leadership, NBAA’s membership tripled to almost 3,000 companies, and its annual meeting and convention became one of the world’s largest aviation events.
John Winant, 85, president of NBAA from 1971 to 1986 and a “critical player
The formal obituaries on the death of John Winant recount his education, occupational history, achievements and awards but say little about the kind of man John was. Perhaps I can add a human-interest factor based on having worked with and for John for 13 years as a member of the NBAA staff.
John Winant, 85, president of NBAA from 1971 to 1986 and a “critical player in the evolution of business aviation,” died Tuesday at his home in Williamstown, Mass. “It would be difficult to overstate the importance of John Winant in the development of business aviation in the U.S. and around the world,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.