Dear NAA Members and Friends,
NAA and the National Aviation Hall of Fame would like to extend a sincere thank you to our members, supporters, and panelists who have participated in our ongoing webinar series. Last Thursday, we hosted our most viewed webinar to date - Talented Innovators, Fantastic Aircraft: Creating the Future of Aerospace - with panelists Dick Rutan, Amanda Simpson and Blake Scholl. If you missed the discussion or would like to view any of the previous webinars, recordings are available on the NAA website. Stay tuned for information about our next webinar in the coming weeks!

The nomination period for the 2020 Stinson Trophy is now open through November 30. The award, which recognizes "a living person for an outstanding and enduring contribution to the role of women in the field of aviation, aeronautics, space, or related sciences", was created to honor the accomplishments of two sisters, Katherine and Marjorie Stinson, who were among the first 11 American women to be certified as pilots by the Aero Club of America (the predecessor of NAA). If you know an outstanding individual who fits the criteria outlined above, please consider submitting a nomination. More information about the Stinson Trophy, including the nomination guidelines, are available on the NAA website.

In membership news, NAA would like to welcome our newest corporate member, Garmin International! Garmin's aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to OEM, aftermarket, military and government customers. Garmin's portfolio includes navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, an expansive suite of ADS-B solutions, and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and value. NAA's organizational members represent the best in aviation achievement and modernization, and we are pleased to have Garmin International join us in promoting and shaping the future of aerospace.

Seven months after the sudden onset of the COVID-19 crisis forced Aviation Week to postpone the 2020 Laureate Awards, editors honored more than two dozen winners from around the globe in a virtual event on October 19. Winners of this year’s Grand Laureates—the best of the best in Business Aviation, Commercial Aviation, Defense and Space—were announced and interviewed during the online presentation. This was the 63rd presentation of the Aviation Week Laureates, which have recognized outstanding accomplishments in aviation, space and defense since 1957. Congratulations to NAA corporate members Embraer, Airbus, and Garmin, who were selected as Grand Laureates!

Lastly, the deadline for members of Women in Aviation International (WAI) to apply for scholarship opportunities is Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Scholarship awards are a major benefit of membership in WAI and have helped members reach their goals and advance into the aviation and aerospace careers they have always dreamed about. In 2020, WAI awarded 151 scholarships valued at $831,365, bringing the total scholarships awarded since 1995 to over $13.2 million. Review scholarship application requirements, FAQs, and tips for winning a scholarship application on the WAI website.