NATA Awards Gwen Mayo

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Gwendolyn O. Mayo, Ph.D., Founder and Chairman of Mayo Aviation, received the William A. Ong Award on May 13, 2003, in Las Vegas, Nev. The award is named in honor and memory of the National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) co-founder and first president. It is the NATA’s highest award and is given annually to acknowledge extraordinary achievement and extended meritorious service to the general aviation industry.

In 1978 Gwen Mayo founded Mayo Aviation as a Part 135 charter operation based at Denver’s Stapleton Field. Since then, the company has grown with its expansion into various sectors of charter flight operations. In 2002, Mayo Aviation moved into a new hangar at Centennial Airport, where its 85,000-square-foot campus houses a fleet of 16 aircraft. In addition to aircraft management, services, maintenance, parts sales, and executive charter, Mayo continues to partner with St. Anthony’s Flight for Life, which claims to be the first hospital-based air medical transport program in the United States.

James K. Coyne, president of NATA, stated, "NATA is delighted to present this prestigious William A. Ong Memorial Award to Gwen Mayo, which she so richly deserves for her perseverance and countless contributions to this great industry."

Although she never learned to fly, Mayo was appointed to NATA’s board of directors and served as chairman of the organization in 1995 – 1996.