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2013 AVIATION HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED

MR. MILTON L. "PREACHER" BRANDON (1921 – 2013) of Memphis
74 years of dedicated service to Memphis Airport and the aviation community 

LT. COL. HERBERT W. "BILL" POWLEY, USAF (Ret.)
of Unicoi
Vietnam veteran, Award winning teacher and founder of Flight Lesson Instructional Grants Helping Teens (F.L.I.G.H.T)

REAR ADMIRAL JIMMIE TAYLOR, USN (Ret.) of Smyrna
F-14 Demonstration pilot, Chief of Naval Air Training – Commanding the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and community activist

MRS. MONTILL WARREN. of Savannah
31 years of service as a National leader of Civil Air Patrol programs

 On November 9, 2013, the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame will hold its 12th Annual Gala & Inductions Ceremony at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in Murfreesboro, TN. The public is invited. Advance reservations are required at www.tnaviationhof.org 
Since its inaugural event in 2002, the Aviation Hall of Fame has enshrined 45 men and women who have made enduring contributions to aviation for Tennessee, our nation or the world. Enshrined Member Bios can be found at www.tnaviationhof.org . During the past 11 years, more than 5,500 people have attended this formal evening honoring those who have contributed to Tennessee’s extraordinary aviation history and support for this charitable foundation has grown across the entire state. The Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame is located in the Tennessee Museum of Aviation.

For additional information contact:
John Black, Chairman
Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame
Executive Director
Smyrna Rutherford County Airport Authority
(615) 459-2651
johnb@smyrnaairport.com    



TAA ELECTS NEW OFFICERS FOR 2013-14

(January 10, 2013 – Smyrna, TN) -- The Tennessee Aviation Association has elected new officers for 2013-14:

  • Jo Ann Speer, Manager of Everett-Stewart Regional Airport in Union City has been elected President;
  • Jon Glass, Manager of The Tullahoma’s Regional Airport, was elected Vice President
  • Chad Gehrke, Manager of Murfreesboro’s Municipal Airport, was elected Secretary/Treasurer.

Mrs. Speer was named Tennessee’s Airport Manager of the Year by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission at the 2012 Tennessee Airports Conference last year. She has also served on the Board of Directors of The Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame.

The Tennessee Aviation Association is a statewide coalition of airports and other aviation organizations dedicated to the growth and improvement of Tennessee’s aviation infrastructure, both public and private.

For more information contact:
John Black, Executive Director
Smyrna Rutherford County Airport Authority
email: johnb@smyrnaairport.com


HALL OF FAME RESERVATIONS EXTENDED

The reservation period for the November 9th Gala & Induction Ceremony will now conclude on October 30th. The TAHF has received many calls for reserved tables that are expected to finalize by that date. As a result, individial admissions can also be extended but the October 30th date is firm. The hotel requires a final number 4-days prior to the event.

This year's Gala, being held for the second time in Middle Tennessee, is shaping up top be another another grand event and the venue is nothing short of elegant. Reservations are expected to go over 400 just as they have for every Gala in the past.

 
2012 Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Nov. 3, 2012
On November 3, 2012, the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame will hold its 11th Annual Gala & Inductions Ceremony at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in Murfreesboro. The public is invited. Advance reservations are required. Read More
 
Ladies Love Taildraggers Group will Gather in Savannah, TN
May 31, 2012
Savannah-Hardin County Airport (SNH) will be abuzz with Lady Taildragger Pilots, their airplanes and their friends, June 1-3. Early arrivals are expected a few days prior to the big event. Read More
 
Tennessee's Aviation Legend, Evelyn Bryan Johnson
May 10, 2012
Tennessee's Aviation Legend, Evelyn Bryan Johnson passed away today at approx. 4:00 PM EDT. She was 102 years of age. Read More
 
Aviation Hall of Fame Elects New Officers - Moves 2012 Gala & Inductions Ceremony to Murfreesboro
April 17, 2012
On November 12, 2011, the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame celebrated its 10th Anniversary during its Annual Gala held at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Sevierville. Read More
 
TSA Issues Important General Aviation Security Notice
Sep. 3, 2011
The Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) continue to monitor reports on potential terrorist threats in the United States. While there is no specific or credible intelligence that al-Qa'ida or its affiliates are plotting attacks in the United States to coincide with the ten year anniversary of 9/11 , we remain at a heightened state of vigilance and security measures are in place to detect and prevent plots against the United States should they emerge. Read More
 
BNA Terminal Building Named for Former Board Chairman
July 12, 2011
The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) announced today that it will name Nashville International Airport's (BNA) main terminal building in memory of former chairman of the MNAA Board of Commissioners Robert C. H. "Bob" Mathews Jr. Read More
 
AOPA Adds Airport Advocacy Resources to Website
June 29, 2011
The AOPA Government Affairs (Airports) Advocacy Resources for You webpage has been updated with great new airports resource materials as well as some tried and true pieces. Read More
 
2011 Aviation Hall of Fame Inductees Named
April 14, 2011
The Board of Directors of the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame proudly announces the 2011 Class of Honorees. These extraordinary individuals will be Inducted and Enshrined into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame at its' 10th Anniversary Gala and Induction Ceremony on November 12, 2011 at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Sevierville. Read More
 
Challenger Headlines 2010 Gala & Induction...A Real
Nov. 14, 2010
The 2010 Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Annual Gala and Induction Ceremony was billed by some as a "Gathering of Eagles" based upon this years class of Inductees that included an East Tennessee Flight Attendant; a legendary Middle Tennessee Aviatrix; a beloved flight instructor/pilot examiner and a Memphian who was the first man to test fly the world's fastest airplane. Read More
 
Lanny Culver Passes Away
Oct. 17, 2010
Lanny G. Culver, inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame in 2007 died early Saturday morning following a long battle with leukemia. Lanny was diagnosed with the disease only weeks after being enshrined into the Aviation Hall of Fame. During these very difficult years, he has longed to return for another ceremony but that just has not been possible. Read More
 
Sevierville Chamber Gives Airport Award
Sep. 29, 2010
At its Annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday evening, the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce presented an award to its local airport for excellence in signage. Read More
 
Smyrna Airport Top in State & Management Receives Awards
Aug. 25, 2011
Smyrna Airport was honored by the Tennessee Aeronautics Division by receiving several awards among airports across the State of Tennessee. Smyrna Airport was the recipient of the prestigious "Airport of the Year". Read More
 
Aviation Scholarships Awards Two Tennessee Students
July 28, 2010
Two university level student pilots are receiving scholarship awards from the John T. Baugh Aviation Excellence Scholarship. The announcement was made by Scholarship Administrator, Bob Minter, who is also Chairman of the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame and Southeast Regional Representative for the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association. The scholarship fund is hosted by the Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Sevierville. Read More
 
East Tennessee Flight Instructor Named National Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year
July 17, 2010
Lt. Col Bill Powley, a retired Air Force officer and mentor to thousands of Air Force Junior ROTC cadets, has been named winner of the 24th annual A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award, announced by the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Read More
 
LEGISLATURE HELPS SMALL AIRFIELD OWNERS
May 6, 2010
Thanks to T-Top Airfield Owner Ken Franks of Eagleville, he and other owners of small, private airstrips across Tennessee will soon enjoy limited liability if they chose to allow recreational non-commercial aircraft operations or recreational non-commercial ultra light vehicle operations on their property. The Bill has passed the House and Senate and now awaits Governor Bredesen's signature. Read More
 
HISTORIC CORNELIA FORT AIRPARK INUNDATED BY FLOOD
May 3, 2010
Colemill Flying Service had its beginning in early December,1944 at Cornelia Fort Airpark, a newly established, privately owned, public use airport located in Nashville, Tennessee. Read More
 
2010 AVIATION HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES SELECTED
April 18, 2010
The TAHF Board of Directors has announced the Inductee Class for 2010. The Annual Induction Gala and Enshrinement Ceremony will be held on November 13, 2010 at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation. The public is invited. Read More
 
TENNESSEE APPRECIATES AVIATION
April 1, 2010
Governor Phil Bredesen has proclaimed April 2010 as GENERAL AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH. Read More
 
44th ANNUAL TENNESSEE MID-SOUTH AVIATION MAINTENANCE CONFERENCE
March 1, 2010
This nationally acclaimed aviation maintenance conference begins March 2nd with two-days of technology updates for the aviation maintenance professional. Read More
 
AVIATION HALL OF FAME MEMBER WILDER DIES
Jan. 1, 2010
Former Lt. Governor John S. Wilder passed away only minutes after the entry of the New Year 2010 at a hospital in Memphis following a reported stroke suffered a few days earlier. He was 88 years of age. Read More
 
AVIATION HALL OF FAME INDUCTS FOUR AT 8TH ANNUAL GALA
Nov. 17, 2009
Over 400 aviation aficionados', families and friends witnessed the Induction of four extraordinary Tennesseans at Saturday evening's 8th Annual Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Gala and Induction Ceremony at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation. Read More
 
NBC'S TODAY SHOW - WILLARD SCOTT FEATURED MAMA BIRD'S 100th BIRTHDAY
Nov. 4, 2009
NBC's Today Show celebrity and former weathercaster, Willard Scott featured Evelyn Bryan Johnson's 100th Birthday on November 4th at around 8:30 AM EST. Read More
 
TENNESSEE 99'S DONATE CHARTER MEMBER'S MEMORABELIA
Sep. 29, 2009
The Tennessee Chapter of the 99's has donated the papers of Charter Member Ruth Thomas to the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame's Official State Repository and Archive for Aviation History. Read More
 
TAHF MEMBER ABC NEWS "PERSON OF THE WEEK"
Aug. 14, 2009
Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame member Stan Brock, inducted in 2007, has been named ABC News PERSON OF THE WEEK today. Read More
 
KERSHNER FAMILY DONATES LIBRARY
July 22, 2009
The family of William K. Kershner has donated his extraordinary personal library to the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame. Read More
 
2009 AVIATION HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES NAMED
July 19, 2009
The Board of Directors of the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame has named the 2009 class of inductees who will be honored and enshrined on November 14, 2009 at the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame's Annual Gala held at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation. Read More
 
SHORT WING PIPER GROUP LANDS IN KNOXVILLE
July 1, 2009
Over 200 pilots, family and friends are attending the 2009 National Short Wing Piper Convention being held this week in Knoxville. Downtown Island Airport has been transformed into a showplace of vintage aircraft flown in by Short Wing Piper member pilots from all over the country. Read More
 
TENNESSEE 4TH GRADER WINS INTERNATIONAL AVIATION ART CONTEST
June 1, 2009
Governor Phil Bredesen congratulated two Knoxville, Tennessee elementary students at the state Capitol May 7th for placing first and second in their age group in a national aviation arts contest. Read More
 
AOPA SENDS MESSAGE TO TENNESSEE LEGISLATORS
May 15, 2009
Amid persistent concerns about HB 1122 / SB 0857 the AOPA sent this message to members of the Tennessee General Assembly today. Read More
 
WHAT IS AN AEROTROPOLIS AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO MEMPHIS?
Feb. 1, 2007
An aerotropolis is a city which has centered its economy around and is greatly dependent upon its airport. John Kasarda, a business professor at the University of North Carolina, coined the phrase, and believes Memphis is the closest thing America has to an aerotropolis. Read More
 
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