Ceremony Tonight To Honor Public-Benefit Flying

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The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) will host a ceremony tonight in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington to bestow this year's Public Benefit Awards, which recognize the contributions of those engaged in flying to help others. Bill Boulton, who has flown more than 150 flights for Angel Flight in Oklahoma, will receive the Distinguished Volunteer Pilot Award for his work. Stephan Fopeano, of Los Angeles, California, won the Distinguished Volunteer Award for creating the Angel Flight Information Database System. Angel Flight West and LightHawk both won Outstanding Achievement awards. The Champion of Public Benefit Flying Award goes to Alaska Airlines, for contributing about $3.5 million to Angel Flight West over the last 20 years. The awards were created in 2003 in a partnership between the NAA and the Air Care Alliance.