Washington, DC, July 12, 2010 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that Arnold Palmer, the legendary golfer and esteemed businessman who serves as a voice for the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, will receive the 2010 NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, and Chuck McKinnon, a business pilot and aviation legend, will receive the 2010 NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award.
The Meritorious Service to Aviation Award is NBAA’s most distinguished honor, presented annually to an individual who, by virtue of a lifetime of personal dedication, has made significant, identifiable contributions that have materially advanced aviation interests. The Doswell Award is granted for lifelong individual achievement on behalf of and in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation.
"NBAA is proud to recognize these two outstanding members of the business aviation community for their dedication and many contributions to the industry," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.
Meritorious Award Recipient Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer is not only an American icon, but also a highly respected advocate for business aviation. His career as a professional golfer includes a host of championships in national and international competitions, but he also knows first-hand the importance of business aviation. Because his business is located in Latrobe, PA – a town not served by the commercial airlines – business aviation has been a vital element in the success of Palmer's enterprises.
Palmer serves as a spokesperson for the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, which is jointly sponsored by NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). The campaign educates policymakers and opinion leaders about the value of business aviation to citizens, companies and communities across the country.
Palmer has been featured in print and television ads that have appeared in and outside Washington, DC, and also in a number of aviation industry publications. In one No Plane No Gain TV spot, Palmer says: “For more than 50 years, using a business airplane is the single-most productive thing I have done.”
Palmer has spoken at NBAA’s Annual Meeting & Convention on several occasions, each time highlighting the benefits business aviation brings to the nation’s economy and transportation system.
In addressing the large crowd gathered at the Opening General Session for NBAA’s 2009 Convention, Palmer explained why he felt compelled to lend his voice to the No Plane No Gain program. “I know the value of business airplanes,” he said. “I know what they have done for me and my companies. I know how important they are to my hometown. And I know how important they are to this country.”
NBAA’s Bolen noted: “Arnold Palmer has long relied on an airplane to help him succeed in golf and business. He understands well the essential role of business aviation in serving towns and communities across the country. For lending his voice to our industry’s advocacy campaign, NBAA is pleased to honor him with NBAA’s highest award.”
Palmer will be represented with the Meritorious Service Award in a very special general session on the Convention exhibit floor on October 20. To view Palmer’s No Plane No Gain TV advertisements, visit www.noplanenogain.org/Video_Advertisements.htm?m=47&s=385.
John P. "Jack" Doswell Award Recipient Chuck McKinnon
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