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Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Award Banquet 2016

Award banquet and ceremony honors aviation greats

 

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Jack Makey accepting honors for Lloyd A. Alsworth, WWII flight instructor, Julie E. Clark, airline pilot and air show performer; Mel Maas, Jr. accepting honors posthumously awarded to Melvin J. Maas, Marine pilot, Naval Reserve Commander and U.S. Congressman; Barb Mack accepting honors for Edward L. Erickson, flight instructor, corporate pilot and warbirds demonstrator; Boris Popov, inventor and manufacturer of ballistic parachute recovery system; Edgard T. Newberg, Ag pilot, Hector Airport FBO manager and mentor; Don Ness accepting honors posthumously given to James L. Oberstar, pilot and U.S. Congressman, advocate for aviation legislation.

Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Award Banquet's begin with an oh-so-fun social hour where people get mill around with their favorite beverage, introduce themselves to the inductees, and catch up with each other on what's happened for the past year. Artwork is displayed. Bios on inductees are available. Conversations about aviation abound.

Stan Turner was the Master of Ceremonies at the April 30 banquet and ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Inductees were Lloyd A. Alsworth, Julie E. Clark, Edward L. Erickson, Melvin J. Mass, Edgar T. Newberg, and Congressman James L. Oberstar, and Boris Popov.

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Hall of Fame Chairman Noel Allard applauds Reverend Linton L. Scott as he accepts the Outstanding Service to Minnesota Aviation Award from retiring MAC Executive Director Jeff Hamiel. Reverend Scott, a licensed minister and licensed pilot, provides career guidance for minority and disadvantaged youth in the Twin Cities Metro area by introducing them to opportunities available through aviation.

The Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame has granted twenty aviation scholarships since 2006. Current scholarship amounts are $1,500 for each recipient. Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Aviation Scholarships awarded at the 2016 ceremony went to Kyle Budach, receiving the Ken Dahlberg Scholarship, Jared Krause, receiving the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Scholarship, and Amy Dahlheimer, receiving the Don Hinz Red Tail Project Scholarship.

Pilot Reverend Linton L. Scott received the Outstanding Service to Minnesota Aviation Award for his work with youth in the Twin City Metro area. Rev. Scott provides career guidance for minority and disadvantaged youth. He draws from aviation ideals, discipline, work ethic, moral values, and flying skills to encourage young people and to support their future careers.

Minnesota native David Weiman received the Best Aviation Writing by a Minnesotan Award. Frank T. Cuden received the Best Aviation Art by a Minnesotan award.

The banquet and ceremony was attended by a Who's Who in Aviation crowd. Each inductee was honored by the presentation of a plaque and brief description of their accomplishments.

 

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