Bill Hamilton receives North Dakota’s Outstanding Aviation Service Award
Bismarck, ND – “When the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission learned that Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Regional Representative Program was to be changed,” said Commission member, Dr. Kim Kenville, “we commissioners voted unanimously to recognize Bill Hamilton’s years of outstanding service to General Aviation across North Dakota.”That decision resulted in the Commission’s first-ever Outstanding General Aviation Service Award, according to Larry Taborsky, Aeronautics Director. Representing the full commission of Maurice Cook, Kim Kenville, Jay B. Lindquist, and Cindy Schreiber-Beck, Chairman Robert Miller, presented this important recognition to Bill Hamilton at a plenary session at the Upper Mid-West Aviation Symposium (UMAS) in Bismarck.As Chairman Miller handed Bill the engraved plaque, Hamilton said, “I cannot accept this award for myself. I must also accept for my wife, Penny, who has been with me every step of the way during the almost 25 years of AOPA service to the highly-organized General Aviation community of North Dakota.”Actually, this award brings us full circle because my first assignment from AOPA was to attend the Upper Mid-West Aviation Symposium (UMAS) here in Bismarck. We have attended UMAS almost every year, whether held in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, or Minot.”When we saw the North Dakota Aviation Council’s outstanding model of how to organize to support General Aviation, we became like Johnny Appleseed, trying to plant the ‘North Dakota seed’ in other states in AOPA’s Central Region to grow their own versions of the North Dakota Aviation Council (NDAC) and, also to produce an annual aviation symposium such as your highly successful UMAS.Dr. Bill Hamilton writes the syndicated weekly news column, “Central View,” which frequently appears in the Sky-Hi Daily News. He is a volunteer in several Granby-area aviation organizations and the Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a General Aviation pilot, who co-holds, with his wife Penny, World and National Aviation Speed records set on October 22, 1991. He was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame in 2008.
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