King Gets NAA Award
And while some might still consider aspects of aviation a "man's world" they certainly recognize its King of flight training, first name Martha. The co-founder of King Schools was recently presented the Cliff Henderson Award for Achievement by the National Aeronautic Association. It's presented annually to "a living individual or group whose vision, leadership, or skill, has made a significant and lasting contribution to the promotion and advancement of aviation or space activity." King gets her message across in training videos seen by about half of all flight students in the U.S. but she got there by recording a major "first." King is the first female pilot to hold all FAA classes of pilot and instructor ratings available. She's also the first woman to win the award in its current form. The trophy was originally given to the best pilot in the National Air Races in the 1930s and its scope has changed over the years. It came under NAA's umbrella in 1985 and other notable recipients in the modern era are Tom Poberezny and Cliff Robertson.