I’ve never been very good at tooting my own horn. But I enjoy it as much as anyone else when my work gets noticed in a positive way. So with sincere thanks to the fine people at AOPA, I share the notification here that I was fortunate enough to be chosen as the 2012 Let’s Go Flying Award recipient. 

Aviation has been a magnet for me since I was young. Frankly, I didn’t get into it as a pilot until I was in my late 20s. But once I took the plunge, I went whole hog. And I couldn’t be happier with the decision. Aviation in all its various forms has been a real driver in my life. It’s adventurous, it’s rewarding, it’s educational, motivational, inspirational, and a whole lot of fun. What more could I ask for in life? What more could anyone want?

The best news is, aviation is never filled to capacity. If you’re interested in getting involved, we’ve got room for you. Whether your interest is in designing, building, maintaining, restoring, managing, flying, or just standing on the sidelines enjoying the view – we’ve got an opportunity for you. It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, young or old, tall or short, thin or chunky. Aviation doesn’t care about any of that. It just wants to give you the greatest thrill of your life by allowing you to enjoy your time on earth and above the earth as fully as you possibly can.

Thanks AOPA. I really am humbled by the attention. And rather than tuck the award away at home, I’ve loaned it to the City of Winter Haven, which will put it on display at Gilbert Field. My hope is the users, tenants, and visitors to my favorite airport on the planet will be inspired by the attention AOPA showers on those who work to promote and advance aviation, and find a way to put their efforts into earning this or another award themselves.

Now, on to the next thing…

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