GA Awards Presentation Details Announced

Oshkosh, WI – The General Aviation Awards Program and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced that the General Aviation Awards presentations will be held at the AirVenture FAA Safety Center beginning at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2013.  This is the first time this indoor venue will be used for the presentations.  Officials are excited about the opportunity for aviation enthusiasts to view the proceedings in FAASafety Center’s air-conditioned environment.  Plans are also being made to broadcast the event live on FAASTeamTV.  This joint venture will recognize a group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety for the important role they play in aviation safety and education.

In addition to this new location for the awards presentations, the joint GAAwds/FAA team has also announced that the FAA will be represented by Barry Cooper, the FAA’s Great Lakes Region Administrator.  Representing the General Aviation industry and co-hosting the awards presentation will be Greg Feith, a 20 year veteran of the NTSB.

Cooper became the administrator of the FAA’s Great Lakes Region in 2007.  As Regional Administrator, he serves as the FAA’s primary representative and liaison regarding aviation issues and activities within the 8-state Great Lakes Region.

Feith consults on aviation safety and security matters, instructs for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; contributes articles to Business & Commercial Aviation and appears regularly as an expert on aviation safety and security on NBC and MSNBC.

This awards program is a cooperative effort between the FAA and dozens of industry sponsors.  Recipients of the 2013 National General Aviation Awards who will be recognized are William T. “Bill” Fifles of Honolulu, Hawaii – Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; Bruce Allan Lundquist of Willis, Michigan – Avionics Technician (AVN Tech) of the Year; Dean Wesley Eichholz of Soldotna, Alaska – Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; and Master CFI Mark Edward Madden of Anchorage, Alaska – FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam Rep) Representative of the Year.  Nominations / applications for the 2014 awards are currently being accepted by FAA Safety Team managers at FSDOs nationwide.

The awards program relies upon the support of donors and sponsors to be successful.  Generous financial sponsorship, gift donations, and support for the General Aviation Awards program is provided by industry organizations, individuals and anonymous donors.  Additional sponsorship and donations are always welcome.  Special thanks go to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) for hosting the GA Awards program and other special GA Awards events during AirVenture.

To learn more about the General Aviation Awards program, visit its website at:

Financial sponsorship, gift donations, and support for the General Aviation Awards program is provided by the following:

Women in Aviation International (WAI), Universal Avionics Systems Corporation (UASC), Snap-On Tools (Snap-On), Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky), The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), Ninety-Nines International (The 99s), the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), National Aviation Safety Foundation (NASF), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), Rod Machado, King Schools (King), Jeppesen – A Boeing Company (Jeppesen), Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (Gulfstream), Gleim Publications (Gleim), the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Garmin International (Garmin), FAASTeam Associates LLC (FAASTeam), the Flight School Association of North America (FSANA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Duncan Aviation, David Clark Company, Cessna Aircraft Corporation (Cessna), Bose Corporation (Bose), the Aircraft Maintenance Technology Society (AMTSociety), Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), Aviation Supplies & Academics (ASA), and numerous anonymous individual donors.

Additional program support is being provided by:  Advocates for Aviation Safety Foundation (AASF), FAASTeam Associates LLC, Glenna Blackwell Photography, Master Instructors LLC (MI LLC), Rich Stowell Consulting, and Virtual Accounting Services.