6th Annual Conklin Scholarship Announced At NBAA 2013

The sixth annual $5,000 Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management scholarship winner is Owen Woodland.


NBAA 2013 – Las Vegas, Nevada -- Conklin & de Decker, in association with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced that the sixth annual Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management scholarship winner is Owen Woodland. This scholarship is being awarded at the 2013 NBAA Business Aviation Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 23, 2013.

Owen is a Junior at University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa and is majoring in Aviation Management with a minor in Flight Operations and he is pursuing a second degree in Business Administration. He has consistently been listed on the Dean’s List every semester with a 3.95 grade point average and plans to graduate in 2015. Currently, Owen is a student pilot and plans to pursue an instrument rating.  He has been a summer intern at Landmark Aviation at Westchester County Airport and Owen has assisted the Dubuque Regional Airport manager with market research projects.

“Owen’s ambition to pursue a career in business aviation is impressive and we are proud to play a part in supporting his passion for the industry,” commented Bill de Decker, co-founder of Conklin & de Decker and longtime friend of Al Conklin. “On behalf of the family of Alan Conklin and the entire staff at Conklin & de Decker, we congratulate Owen and wish him all the best.”  

This annual scholarship honors Alan H. Conklin, founder of Conklin & de Decker, a US Air Force veteran, author, father, husband and business aviation leader for more than 60 years who passed away in 2006.  The $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a student attending a University Aviation Association (UAA) affiliated college and who is specializing in aviation management. 

Alan Conklin was an active member and supporter of NBAA for many years and served on the Operations Committee until his retirement in 2003.  His aviation career spanned more than six decades.  After flying as an instructor pilot in the US Army Air Corps and as a USAF transport pilot in Korea, Conklin’s career took him to business aviation where he sold aircraft for several companies before meeting Bill de Decker and creating the first Aircraft Cost Evaluator program. Then in 1984 he founded what became Conklin & de Decker (NBAA Booth #N5314).

About Conklin & de Decker

Conklin & de Decker, celebrating more than 25 years in business, is a leader in aviation research, consulting and education with offices in Massachusetts, Texas and Arizona.  The company, founded in 1984, focuses on fixed- and rotary- wing aircraft operating cost, performance and specification databases, maintenance management software, financial management, fleet planning, market research, aviation tax issues, and financial, tax and management seminars. Conklin & de Decker consults with numerous individuals, corporations and government agencies worldwide. More information on their products and services, copies of articles published, and a unique “Members Only” section can be found on their website, www.conklindd.com.  

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