SAFE is proud to be a sponsor of the GA Awards Program

In each of the past 45 years, the General Aviation Awards program has recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and flight safety for their important contributions to the aviation community.

This awards program is a partnership and a cooperative effort between more than a dozen sponsoring organizations from the aviation industry and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The selection process begins with local FAA Safety Team managers at Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) and then moves on to the eight regional FAA offices. Panels of aviation professionals from within those four fields then select national winners from the pool of regional winners.

The FAA administrator annually has presented the national awards in July during a “Theater in the Woods” program at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Included in the prize packages for each national winner is an all-expense paid trip to Oshkosh for the recipient and a guest to attend the awards presentation and other GA Awards activities. Generous contributions from industry sponsors pay for the winners’ expenses, while the FAA provides the support and structure for nominations to proceed from local to national levels. Hard working volunteers within the industry provide the various administrative tasks.

“These awards highlight the important role played by these individuals in promoting aviation education and flight safety,” said JoAnn Hill, General Aviation Awards Committee chairperson. Hill added, “The awards program sponsors are pleased that these outstanding aviation professionals receive the recognition they so richly deserve before their peers in Oshkosh.”

SAFE members and all aviation enthusiasts are encouraged to seek out and nominate worthy flight instructors (CFIs), aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs), avionics technicians, and FAASTeam representatives for these annual awards. The latest edition of the 5-page application package isavailable in three different formats: 1) an MS Word document, 2) a PDF, and 3) a “fill-in-form” PDF.

Additional program information and a complete list of current Awards sponsors is available at 303-485-8136 or