National Public Benefit Flying Award Nominations Open

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Air Care Alliance announced its Call for Nominations for the 2016 Public Benefit Flying Awards.

This wonderful opportunity will take only a small amount of your time – Your nominations for the National Public Benefit Flying Awards are due by August 31 – please honor a worthy candidate! Presented at the NAA Fall Awards Dinner, Washington DC Presented by the National Aeronautic Association In Association with the Air Care Alliance

Nominations Accepted through August 31

You probably know of a very worthy individual or organization deserving of special recognition for their volunteering beyond normal expectations or for significant achievements benefiting the world of public benefit flying and all those who fly to help others!

Remember this is not just about an individual award. It is about recognizing and promoting the work of all the volunteer pilots and others who engage in this wonderful work. “When we honor one we honor all!”

These awards are presented at the prestigious Fall Awards Program of the National Aeronautic Association, held each year in Washington DC. In 2015 more than 250 attendees representing the national aviation associations, governmental agencies, and major aviation companies, plus prominent elected officials, gathered to celebrate the award recipients at a gala dinner.

This is your opportunity to have your volunteer and group recognized in a national venue!

Here below is basic information about the awards process. Please visit the website link at the end for full information. We hope that you take a little bit of your time to put together a nomination or two for those you think are especially deserving!

Nomination Information

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Air Care Alliance (ACA) have created a set of national awards designed to recognize the contributions of those individuals who fly for the benefit of others, and their public benefit flying organizations. We are asking for your help in identifying those who have been doing outstanding work which should be recognized.

To ensure that your nomination receives full consideration, please adhere to the following guidelines. Nominations that do not fall within the specifications listed below might not be considered during the selection process. The Selection Committee also reserves the right to change a recipient’s category when deemed appropriate. Award Categories

Distinguished Volunteer Pilot – awarded to an individual or individuals for outstanding public benefit flying service as a volunteer pilot. Distinguished Volunteer – awarded to an individual or individuals for outstanding service as a non-flying volunteer working in public benefit flying. Outstanding Achievement in Advancement of Public Benefit Flying – for outstanding achievement by an individual or organization that helped raise the standard of service of or contributed significantly to the overall advancement of Public Benefit Flying. Public Benefit Flying Teamwork Award – for outstanding cooperation and coordination involving two or more unaffiliated Public Benefit Flying organizations or their partners in the accomplishment of a significant common mission, task, or objective. Champion of Public Benefit Flying – awarded to an individual, organization, or company who, while not operationally directly involved in Public Benefit Flying, has provided extraordinary support for such efforts and thus advanced the cause of Public Benefit Flying. General Criteria

Nominees must be either U.S. citizens or U.S. organizations.

Public Benefit Flying is defined as those activities, conducted largely by volunteers, in which one or more general aviation aircraft were used to support the health and well being of anyone needing charitable assistance or for the benefit of the general public, and for which no fee was charged for the aircraft or for pilot services.

Awards are intended to honor the efforts of volunteers working in the field of public benefit flying, or those who support them. Awards may be granted to individuals, teams, groups, or organizations, as appropriate.

Awards may be based on just one or on several extraordinary events or accomplishments or may be based on long term or lifetime achievement. This must be clearly expressed in the nominating material.

Nominators and nominees must understand that the award recipient or a representative is expected to attend the ceremony in Washington D.C. to personally accept the award. Deadline and Submission Process

The nomination, signed by the nominator, or by an officer of the administering office of an organization submitting it, must be received by NAA at its offices by August 31 . Please email your Word document to: pbfnomination@naa.aero

Selection Committee

The selection committee will be comprised of prominent individuals and representatives of aviation organizations nominated by both NAA and ACA. Awardees will be honored at the NAA Fall Awards Banquet in Arlington, Virginia in November or December, date to be announced.

For important information on the nominations criteria and procedures and a list of prior recipients please visit https://naa.aero/awards/awards-and-trophies/public-benefit-flying-awards and be sure to follow the guidelines link at the top or bottom of the page. You may also email your questions to awards-events@naa.aero.

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