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Annual Nominations

Each year, our organization awards and honors the work of three industry members in the cateogries flight instruction, aviation maintenance, and aviation safety. A panel of judges selects each honoree from a candidate pool of direct applicants and nominations from around the GA community. GAA is proud to host this long tradition of honoring members of our industry that stand out amongst their peers. Below, you will find information on applying and nominating someone for one of these three categories. 

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Step 1: Prepare

Here are some helpful tips and resources to learn about the judging process, appropriate items to include in the candidate package and more. Each document can be downloaded as a PDF. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us here.

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Step 2: Application

First, tell us about yourself, or the person you are nominating.

Application here

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Step 3: Submission

Once you've read the best practices document, understand how the application will be judged, and have your questions answered, it's time to submit the honoree package. 

Submitting through this link will take you to a secure Dropbox. You will be redirected to upload your application and other documents from this page. 

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What Happens Next?

  • August 1: Nominations Window Opens

  • November 30: Nominations Window Closes at 5PM Eastern Time

  • December 1-20: FAA District Judging

  • January 1: District Honorees Announced by GAA Committee

  • January 2-16: FAA Selects National Finalists

  • January 17: National Finalists Announced by GAA Committee

  • January 17-31: National Judging by the Industry

  • February 26: National Honorees Announced by GAA Committee

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