It was a visibly moved Harrison Ford who accepted this year’s Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership yesterday morning at the conclusion of the NBAA 2013 opening session. While more commonly known for roles such as Indiana Jones and Han Solo in Star Wars, the veteran actor in this case was recognized for his continuing role as a philanthropist.
Actor Harrison Ford, known by most for his many and varied movie personae, is receiving NBAA’s Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership for his extensive advocacy of general aviation. An accomplished pilot, Ford has made numerous appearances before Congress and regularly flies missions in support of humanitarian and philanthropic causes.
Actor and general aviation pilot Harrison Ford will receive NBAA’s Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership during the opening session of the association’s annual convention in Las Vegas on October 22. “In addition to his extensive work as an outspoken champion for general aviation, including numerous appearances before Congress, Ford also regularly flies missions in support of humanitarian and philanthropic causes,” NBAA said. “For example, Ford has participated in the Cessna Citation Special Olympics Airlift.
The general and business aviation alphabet groups participated in a General Aviation Caucus event at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday that featured academy award-winning actor and avid pilot Harrison Ford. Before more than 250 congressional staff and industry representatives, including at least 20 House representatives and five senators, Ford talked about his passion for aviation and GA’s positive economic impact and humanitarian efforts.
Pilot, aircraft owner and actor Harrison Ford passed the EAA Young Eagles baton to two now-famous pilots who will serve as co-chairmen of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s program to help introduce youth to aviation.
Long-time AOPA member, pilot and actor Harrison Ford has teamed with AOPA to promote general aviation.