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Nine Aviation and Space Achievements to Compete for the 2019 Collier Trophy

The Robert J. Collier Trophy

The National Aeronautic Association announced on February 19, 2020 that nine aviation and space achievements will compete for the 2019 Robert J. Collier Trophy. 

For 108 years, the Collier Trophy has been the benchmark of aerospace achievement. Awarded annually "... for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America," it has been bestowed upon some of the most important projects, programs, individuals, and accomplishments in history. 

Past winners include the crews of Apollo 11 and Apollo 8, the Mercury 7, Scott Crossfield, Elmer Sperry, Howard Hughes, and Orville Wright. Projects and programs which have been the recipient of the Collier include the B-52, the Boeing 747, the Cessna Citation, the F-22, and the International Space Station. The five most recent recipients of the Collier Trophy are the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System Team; the Cirrus Aircraft Vision Jet; the Blue Origin New Shepard Team; the NASA/JPL Dawn Mission Team; and the Gulfstream G650. 

The 2019 Nominees are:

Airborne Collision Avoidance System Team 
Bombardier Global 7500 
Gulfstream G500 and G600 
Hubble Space Telescope Team 
magni500 Electric Propulsion System 
Project Heaviside 
Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft 
The USAF-Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Team 
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management Team 

"For more than a century, the Collier Trophy has recognized the greatest achievements in aeronautics and astronautics," said NAA President Greg Principato. "Some of history's greatest technological feats have received the Collier. The nominees this year are very much in that tradition, spanning aeronautics and astronautics and including many new technologies and approaches to solving problems. The nominee that comes away with the Collier this year will truly have earned the distinction of Greatest Achievement!"

The Collier Selection Committee Meeting has been postponed due to COVID-19.  A rescheduled date will be communicated in the near future.

Dr. Peggy Chabrian Honored with the 2020 Cliff Henderson Trophy

NAA President, Greg Principato, presents Dr. Peggy Chabrian with the 2020 Cliff Henderson Trophy

On March 6, 2020, NAA President Greg Principato presented Dr. Peggy Chabrian, Founder of Women in Aviation International, with the 2020 Cliff Henderson Trophy at the 31st Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The Henderson Trophy, which is in the collection of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, was established in 1960 to honor the creator and Managing Director of the world-renowned National Air Races from 1928-1939. His work stimulated a generation's interest in aviation and challenged the state of the art in aviation development. 

The trophy is awarded to "...a living individual, group of individuals, or an organization whose vision, leadership or skill made a significant and lasting contribution to the promotion and advancement of aviation and aerospace in the United States." A deserving nominee is put forth annually by the President of the National Aeronautic Association to NAA's Executive Committee for confirmation by majority vote. 

Dr. Peggy Chabrian is the founder of Women in Aviation International (WAI), a nonprofit organization that provides networking, education, mentoring, and scholarship opportunities for both women and men who strive for careers in the aviation and aerospace industry. 

In 1990, Chabrian gathered 150 people for the first Women in Aviation conference at Embry Riddle's Prescott, Arizona campus. Four years later, with the growing success of the annual conference, the aviation industry began to recognize and accept the need for the focus and energy offered by her vision. In December 1994, 16 founding board members, with Chabrian as Founding President, established WAI as it is today. 

Presently, WAI's diverse membership of more than 14,000 includes representation from virtually every corner of the world's aviation community and the annual conference has grown to over 4,500 attendees and 175 exhibitors. WAI has awarded more than $12 million in scholarships at their conference since 1995.

"If ever anyone has embodied the criteria for the Cliff Henderson Trophy it is Peggy Chabrian," said NAA President Greg Principato. "She is a visionary leader whose skill and energy have forever changed aviation for the better. Her work will truly inspire future aviators for generations to come. It is our honor to present the Henderson Trophy to Peggy Chabrian." 

"I am extremely honored to be awarded the Cliff Henderson Trophy for 2020," said Chabrian. "It is humbling to join the list of many great leaders in aviation who have been previously recognized. I appreciate the efforts of NAA over the years to support and enhance the aviation industry. And I would like to thank the many individuals who have supported me throughout my aviation journey."

Shelly Simi Selected as the Recipient of the 2019 Stinson Trophy

Shelly Simi
On February 10, 2020, NAA announced that Shelly Simi was named the recipient of the 2019 Katherine and Marjorie Stinson Trophy. 

The Stinson Trophy was created in 1997 by NAA to honor the accomplishments of two sisters - Katherine and Marjorie Stinson. These sisters were among the first 11 American women to be certified as airplane pilots through the Aero Club of America (the predecessor of NAA). Their flying school helped numerous U.S. and foreign pilots to earn their Aero Club licenses, the precursor to FAA pilot certificates. 

The trophy recognizes a living person for " outstanding and enduring contribution to the role of women in the field of aviation, aeronautics, space, or related sciences." 

Simi is being recognized for "... her accomplishments as a successful and passionate aviation professional and for dedicating over 25 years to opening minds and doors for women in pursuit of aviation opportunities of every kind."

A love and passion for aviation as a young girl led her to pursue an aviation management and flight operations education at Delta State University, where she earned her degree and began her flight training. Simi was preparing for a career that would lead her from an initial post at Federal Express while in college to an impressive resume of important and exciting senior executive positions with the General Aviation Manufactures Association, (GAMA), Adam Aircraft, Jeppesen, Boeing Digital Aviation, Aurora Flight Sciences and most recently with the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), where she served as president and CEO. 

Simi's enthusiasm was demonstrated in the early 1990s when she volunteered her time, effort and experience to help initiate the creation of a much-needed movement to encourage and promote a stronger female participation in the aviation marketplace. That four-year, start-up movement was the testing period for what would become Women in Aviation, International (WAI), and because of her dedication to the cause, she was asked to become a founding director in 1995. For 20 years, Simi worked closely with founder Peggy Chabrian, taking on numerous committee positions focused on creating a more positive image and inviting environment for women of all ages and backgrounds to pursue educational and career opportunities in aviation. 

"I've rarely known anyone with the passion for aviation Shelly Simi brings to all she does," said NAA President Greg Principato. "She always looks beyond what is required. From her work encouraging kids to be involved in aviation to her efforts in getting Women in Aviation off the ground, Shelly goes above and beyond. She is a most appropriate recipient of an award named for Katherine and Marjorie Stinson, two women who embodied the same passion and determination Shelly demonstrates daily." 

"The Stinsons set a great example in creating a pathway to flight so others could join in the amazing world of aviation. I have been blessed to be a part of such a dynamic industry and worked alongside legends that have truly shaped how aviation is used today," Simi said. "I am honored to be this year's recipient and share this with all of those who have served as mentors, promoted their passion and led the way for others to be a part of all the things aviation brings."

The Stinson Trophy will be presented to Shelly Simi on at a date and location to be determined.
President's Message
Greg Principato, 
President & CEO, NAA

First of all I hope all of you and your families are well.  This is a tough time for all of us, but especially for those with loved ones who are sick.  Let's help watch out for each other.
NAA is continuing to function. A new website is on the way, along with an improved database.  Records are being processed, bills are being paid.  We are continuing to work on new initiatives on sustainability and STEM that are really exciting and can continue apace in the age of social distancing.  The sustainability work has truly engaged our Contest and Records Board and we have been working with the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the National Air & Space Museum on some interesting STEM ideas.
Although travel has been suspended for now, it was a real pleasure earlier in the year to take part in major events held by the Aero Clubs of Southern California and Wichita, as well as a lunch meeting of the Aero Club of Washington, D.C.  I was able to attend a wonderful reception held by the DC Branch of the Royal Aeronautic Society; and was especially honored to present the 2020 Cliff Henderson Trophy to Peggy Chabrian, Founder of Women in Aviation International at the WAI annual conference earlier this month.  It was also great at that time to get to know the new WAI CEO, Allison McKay a bit better.  A trip to Seattle in January was a chance to visit new member magniX and to meet with new member Aviation Partners.
We have had to postpone the meeting of the Selection Committee for this year's Collier Trophy and will work to reschedule it in accordance with CDC guidelines when the time comes.
These are challenging times.  But this organization has sustained itself through an awful lot in our 115 year history; a history I take very seriously.  If we all do our part now, we can come through it that much sooner.  And then NAA will, as we have always done, attack the future with a new sense of purpose and energy.

Air Sport Organization News

USPA Executive Director, Ed Scott to Retire

Ed Scott, Executive Director, USPA
U.S. Parachute Association Executive Director Ed Scott will be retiring from USPA at the end of 2020, after 13 years in the position and 24 years with the association. 

Previously with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the National Association of State Aviation Officials, Scott joined USPA in 1996 as Director of Government Relations before being selected as USPA's ninth Executive Director in 2007. Over the past 13 years USPA has grown from 30,000 members to 41,000 members while skydiving safety has improved dramatically. In that period, the skydiving fatality rate per 100,000 jumps has fallen from 1.15 to 0.45. Sometimes battling for skydiving access on federally-funded airports, USPA has worked to firmly entrench the concept that skydiving is an FAA-recognized aeronautical activity with a rightful place in the national airspace system. 

Scott started skydiving in college in 1975 and still jumps today. He also holds a commercial pilot certificate and is instrument-rated. "For a sport that gave me so much, it's been my great pleasure to help skydiving grow while reducing the risk," said Scott.  USPA is accepting resumes for the Executive Director position through March 31.

Academy of Model Aeronautics COVID-19 Response

AMA Executive Director Chad Budreau joined Matt Ruddick on the March 23rd episode of the AMA Podcast to talk about COVID-19 and its impact on AMA Headquarters and members. 

Click here to listen to the podcast.

Aero Club News

Aero Club of Washington

NAA President_ Greg Principato_ presents Michael Collins with the 2019 Wright Memorial Trophy
NAA President, Greg Principato presents the 2019 Wright Memorial Trophy 
to Michael Collins

The Aero Club of Washington hosted the 72nd Annual Wright Memorial Dinner was on Friday, December 13, 2019 and honored Major General Michael Collins with the National Aeronautic Association's Wright Memorial Trophy "... for his lifelong dedication to aerospace and public service in the highest order, both as a pioneering astronaut and inspired director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum."

"There is something special about 'firsts.' But firsts aren't 'onlies,'" said Major General Michael Collins. "Wilbur and Orville had each other. Neil, Buzz and I had each other and the hard work of hundreds of thousands backing us on Apollo 11. The National Air and Space Museum stands on the Mall as a testament to thousands who helped craft it into the wonder it is today. As symbolic as firsts are, their true value is that they pave the way for others to dare, to go, to explore. I am deeply honored to receive this award, and I will always look upon it as a collaborative achievement."

To view photos of the 2019 Wright Memorial Dinner, click here.

The Aero Club of Washington Board of Directors with
2019 Wright Trophy Recipient, Michael Collins


Spring 2020


In This Issue
NAA News
President's Message
Air Sport News
Aero Club News
Upcoming Events
Call for Nominations
Records Claimed
Contact NAA
Upcoming Events 
Due to COVID-19, NAA has postponed the following events:

Annual Aviation Records Celebration

Robert J. Collier Trophy Dinner

We will communicate the rescheduled dates for these events as soon as the information becomes available.
Call for Nominations

Nominations Due to NAA by April 30, 2020

Nomination Period April 15 - July 15 for the award year of 
July 1 through 
June 30
Welcome New Members

Records Claimed
January 1, 2020 -
March 24, 2020
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Speed Over a Commercial Airline Route:
New York, NY to Frankfurt, Germany:  
559 mph
Karl F. Holly
Class C-1
Delta Air Lines Airbus A330

Speed Over a Recognized Course:
Los Angeles, CA to Farnborough, UK:  607.10 mph*
Henry R. Perot Jr, 
Otis West & 
Lance E. Hill
Class C-1.m, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream G650ER
2 Rolls-Royce BR725

Singapore to 
Tokyo, Japan:  
4 13 mph
Singapore to 
Seattle, WA:  
233 mph
Travis Holland & 
Daniel R. McGee
Class C-1.f, Group III (Jet)
Embraer Phenom 300
2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535E
Kahului, HI (Maui) to Phoenix, AZ:  
571 mph
Michael D. Hyland, Jr & Timothy J. Sobus
Class C-1.i, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream G280
2 Honeywell HTF7250G
Melbourne, FL to 
San Francisco, CA:  
475.19 mph*
Grady C. Gaskill & Joseph N. Griffin
Class C-1.k, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream GVII-G600
2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW815GA

Dallas, TX to Farnborough, UK:  
643 mph
Henry R. Perot Jr, Lance E. Hill & 
Steven Donskey
Class C-1.m, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream G650ER
2 Rolls-Royce BR725
Fort Lauderdale, FL to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:  540 mph
Mark K. Ranz, 
Joseph Clark & 
Travis Holland
Class C-1.l, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream V
2 Rolls-Royce BR710
Savannah, GA to 
Zurich, Switzerland:  
599 mph
Zurich, Switzerland to Savannah, GA:  
521 mph
Patrick Icaza & 
Todd A. Abler
Class C-1.l, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream GVII-G500
2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW814GA
Raleigh, NC to 
Beijing, China:  
518 mph
Raymond Wellington & James A. Dwyer
Class C-1.m, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream G650ER
2 Rolls-Royce BR725
Dallas, TX to Washington, DC:  
587 mph
Henry R. Perot Jr, Robert L. Arends Jr. & Shawn P. Gillespie
Class C-1.m, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream G650ER
2 Rolls-Royce BR725
Savannah, GA to 
Lisbon, Portugal:  
621 mph
Mark S. Assaid & Nicholas A. Rose
Class C-1.k, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream GVII-G500
2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW814GA
Lisbon, Portugal to 
Sao Paulo, Brazil:  
515 mph
Mark S. Assaid & Nicholas A. Rose
Class C-1.l, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream GVII-G500
2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW814GA
Paris, France to 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:  590 mph
Sao Paulo, Brazil to Boston, MA:  
559 mph
Brian D. Dickerson & Felix G. Bonds
Class C-1.l, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream GVII-G600
2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW815GA
Los Angeles, CA to Auckland, New Zealand:  521 mph
Auckland, New Zealand to Melbourne, Australia:  512 mph
Melbourne, Australia to Kona, HI:  
590 mph
Kona, HI to Dallas, TX:  612 mph
Henry R. Perot Jr, Thomas A. Emmolo, Steven Hare & 
Otis West
Class C-1.m, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream G650ER
2 Rolls-Royce BR725
Boston, MA to 
Paris, France:  
640 mph
Scott S. Evans & Nicholas A. Rose
Class C-1.l, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream GVII-G600
2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW815GA
Burlington, VT to 
London, UK:  
531 mph
Timothy J. Sobus & Matthew P. Rowden
Class C-1.i, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream G280
2 Honeywell HTF7250G
Savannah, GA to 
Berlin, Germany:  
646 mph
Santiago Koritschoner & Ryan P. Sanders
Class C-1.l, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream G650ER
2 BMW Rolls-Royce BR725

Redmond, OR to Anchorage, AK:  
270 mph
Anchorage, AK to Redmond, OR:  
316 mph
Paul Hodge
Class C-1.c, Group I (Internal Combustion)
Lancair IV-P (LX7)
1 Continental TSIO-550
Lagos, Nigeria to 
Dubai, UAE:  
6 46 mph
Felix G. Bonds & 
Stefan V. Eling
Class C-1.k, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream GVII-G500
2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW814GA
Savannah, GA to Geneva, Switzerland:  618 mph
Geneva, Switzerland to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:  559 mph
Dubai, UAE to 
Istanbul, Turkey:  
4 22 mph
Istanbul, Turkey to Farnborough, UK:  
469 mph
Raymond Wellington & Nicholas Freeman
Class C-1.l, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream GVII-G600
2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW814GA

Except where noted by an asterisk (*), information is preliminary and subject to approval.
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