AOPA Hosts Sixth Annual Hoover Awards Gala

Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine June/July 2022 Digital Issue

WASHINGTON, DC – The Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) hosted its sixth annual “Bob” Hoover Trophy Reception, March 23, 2022, at the Signature Flight Support General Aviation Terminal at Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC.
Receiving the 2021 trophy was Wally Funk, who is best known for her 2021 journey into space on a Blue Origin rocket. Not only has Funk accumulated 19,600 flight hours, but she has also been a prolific CFI, air race champion, NTSB investigator, and inspiration to generations of aviators.

Other awards included the second annual Brigadier General Charles E. McGee Aviation Inspiration Award presented to Glenn Gonzales, founder, and CEO of Jet It.

The AOPA GA Safety Award was presented to Garmin Autonomí.

The 2021 Sharples Award was presented to Anthony “Tony” Restaino, President, Florida Aero Club and an AOPA Airport Support Network Volunteer, for his efforts to preserve North Perry Airport (KHWO), Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Receiving the 2020 Sharples Award was Dewey Davenport, First Officer at NetJets and a barnstormer.

The 2021 Hartranft Award was presented to Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA 2nd District), Chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee.

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