Public Benefit Flying Awards

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The National Aeronautic Association and the Air Care Alliance have chosen the 2006 Public Benefit Flying Award Winners. Ted Ruscitti, of Sewickley, Penn., gets the Distinguished Volunteer Pilot award for his many efforts in public benefit flying from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina. Distinguished Volunteer Award goes to Jubel Caldwell, the director of maintenance for Med+Flight in Texas. The Teamwork Award went to Remote Area Medical and Wings of Hope for their joint projects in 40 countries. Thomas Holcom, of Kansas City, Mo., gets the individual award for organizing cooperation between volunteer groups. Air traffic controllers in general and Continental Airlines will both receive the Champion of Public Benefit Flying Award. Presentations will be made Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lyndon B. Johnson Room of the Capitol building.