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Pilots honored for dedication to general aviation

November 19, 2010, 05:27 pm

The number of private pilots in the country has been dwindling. Consequently, smaller, local airports could be in jeopardy.

When Margy Leggett learned that her local airport, Vista Field in Kennewick, Washington, may be closed, she took action. Leggett was able to banned together with other area pilots to demonstrate the importance of the airport to the community.

The hard work paid off and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association honored her efforts with the Laurence P. Sharples Perpeutal Award. The distinction is given out each year to an individual who works towards promoting general aviation.

AOPA president and CEO Craig Fuller said Leggett's work shows exactly what one can accomplish to help save aviation.

"With back-up support from our airports staff at our Frederick, Maryland, headquarters, she and her fellow airport supports was able to educate the broader community about the value of Vista Field," said Fuller.

AOPA also honored Jolie Lucas with the Joseph Crotti Award for her service to general aviation. Lucas got pilots in the California area to help stop a developer from closing the Oceano Airport in San Luis Obispo County.

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