|By Carmelo Turdo|
Criteria for the Spirit of Flight Award:
•Awarded annually to an organization that has made a substantial contribution to aviation in Illinois•The organization's activities must be Illinois based and continuous over a long period of time
•The organization's member activities must be above and beyond that of normal paid employment and exhibit a high degree of excellence in their accomplishment
Significance of the Spirit of Flight Award:Election to the Illinois Aviation Hall Of Fame is the highest honor that can be attained by people whose principal aviation activity and experience is Illinois based. It is awarded to people of good character for their excellence over a period of time. All of those selected have participated in community service, which reflects the character that earns IAHOF honors.
|Museum Board Member Woody Almind in the lobby|
|Museum Life Member Bob McDaniel makes the nomination|
|The museum's historic location is emphasized|
Museum Board Members accepting the award (L-R): Carmelo Turdo,
Rick Rehg, Mike Burke, Mark Badasch, Tom Ahillen, Mark Nankivil,
Woody Almind with Jack Nankivil
The Museum joins an esteemed group of inductees this year, including another Spirit of Flight Award recipient, EAA Chapter 277 based at the ceremony's host, Southern Illinois Airport in Carbondale. Chapter 277 is recognized for active support of EAA's mission of providing Young Eagle flights, aviation scholarships, and supporting airport community events over the last 30 years.
|EAA Chapter 277 members accept the Spirit of Flight Award|
Following the Spirit of Flight Award presentations, the 2016 Inductees were presented for acceptance to the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame: Lt. Col. Charles Boyle, Civil Air Patrol; the Late Willa Brown Chappell (1906-1992); and Mr. Ludwig "Lou" Wipotnik (see their nomination biographies at the link above).
Lt. Col. Charles Boyle, CAP, the Late WIlla Brown's Great Niece,
and Mr. Ludwig "Lou" Wipotnik
The Aero Experience salutes the 2016 Inductees and their predecessors for representing the highest standards of Illinois and Midwest Aviation.