Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy

October 31, 2013 - 3:10pm

Russell W. Meyer Jr., former chairman of the Cessna Aircraft Co., will receive the fourth annual Wichita Aero Club (WAC) trophy at the organization’s Trophy Gala on Jan. 25, 2014.

“Russ’s contributions to the aviation industry and to the local community are so numerous and so extensive that it would take a book just to list them. He is, without question, a great choice for the Wichita Aero Club Trophy,” said Dave Franson, WAC president.

October 30, 2012 - 9:30am

The business aviation industry lost one of its visionary leaders when Albert Ueltschi, founder and chairman emeritus of training provider FlightSafety International died peacefully at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. on Oct. 18, at the age of 95. Growing up during the Great Depression in rural Kentucky in a family of modest means, he was bitten by the flying bug early on and decided to become a pilot. In pursuit of that dream, he ran a hamburger stand to fund his flying lessons and soloed at the age of 16.

October 19, 2012 - 4:41pm
Albert Ueltschi, founder and chairman emeritus of industry training provider FlightSafety International

The business aviation industry lost a visionary leader yesterday evening, October 18, when Albert Ueltschi, founder and chairman emeritus of industry training provider FlightSafety International, died peacefully at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. at the age of 95.  Growing up during the Great Depression in rural Kentucky in a family of modest means, he was bitten by the flying bug early on and decided to become a pilot.

October 13, 2010 - 8:02am

The National Aeronautic Association has announced the winners of the 2010 Wesley L. McDonald Elder Statesman Awards and the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. Ceremonies for the Elder Statesman Awards take place on November 8 in Arlington, Va., to honor recipients Gene Kranz; Maj. Gen. Charles D. Metcalf, USAF (Ret.); Robert L. Taylor and Barry Valentine.

December 28, 2009 - 7:24am

Ed Stimpson, a driving force behind the law that resurrected the moribund general aviation industry in the mid-1990s, died November 25 at age 75 after a five-month battle with lung cancer.

February 1, 2007 - 5:12am

Harry Combs, former head of Learjet and founder of AMR Combs, died in Wickenburg, Ariz., on December 23 at the age of 90. Long fascinated by the achievements and legacy of the Wright Brothers, Combs had participated in the December 17 centennial-of-flight activities at Kitty Hawk, N.C., less than a week before his death.

October 9, 2006 - 7:41am

Former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta is the recipient of the 2006 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy.

 
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