Collier Trophy

Robert J. Collier TrophyCollierAero Club of America Trophy
National Aeronautic Association (NAA), presented to those who have made "the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year." Robert J. Collier, publisher of Collier's Weekly magazine, was an air sports pioneer and president of the Aero Club of America. He commissioned Baltimore sculptor Ernest Wise Keyser to make the 525 lb Aero Club of America Trophy in 1911. Collier also was the owner of a Wright Model B biplane which he purchased in 1911.

Wright brothers

Orville WrightWilbur WrightOrville and Wilbur Wright
In the U.S. the Wrights made an agreement with the Aero Club of America to license airshows which the Club approved, freeing participating pilots from a legal threat. Promoters of approved shows paid fees to the Wrights. The Wright brothers won their initial case against Curtiss in February 1913 when a judge ruled that ailerons were covered under the patent. The Curtiss company appealed the decision. From 1910 until his death from typhoid fever in 1912, Wilbur took the leading role in the patent struggle, traveling incessantly to consult with lawyers and testify in what he felt was a moral cause, particularly against Curtiss, who was creating a large company to manufacture aircraft.

Jonathan Gaffney

Greg Principato
Jonathan Gaffney is President and CEO of the National Aeronautic Association. He was named President on July 9, 2007. Gaffney is credited with leading a NAA from near-default in 2007 to 7 consecutive years of operational profit (2008-2015). He announced his resignation on June 4, 2016 and departed on September 30, 2016. Graduated from Quinnipiac University in 1983 with a BS and AA, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988 with a master's degree in Public and International Affairs and was named the first Ridgeway Foundation Scholar.

Fédération Aéronautique Internationale

FAIFederation Aeronautique InternationaleInternational Aeronautical Federation
The conference was attended by representatives from 8 countries: Belgium (Aero Club Royal de Belgique, founded 1901), France (Aéro-Club de France, 1898), Germany (Deutscher Aero Club e.V.), Great Britain (Royal Aero Club, 1901), Italy (Aero Club d'Italia, 1904), Spain (Real Aero Club de España, 1905), Switzerland (Aero-Club der Schweiz'', 1900) and the United States (Aero Club of America, 1905). On 2 February 2017 the FAI announced its new strategic partnership with international asset management firm Noosphere Ventures.

Katherine Stinson

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Katherine Stinson (February 14, 1891 – July 8, 1977) was a pioneering American aviator. She set flying records for aerobatic maneuvers, distance, and endurance. Stinson taught at her family's aviation school.

Wings Club

The Wings ClubWings Club of New York
Bragg had previously been a governor of the Aero Club of America. He was made president of the Wings Club despite suffering from a longterm illness which led to his death later the next year. The club grew quickly to 500 members in its first year, then to 1,000 by the end of its second year. In the 1970s there were 1,500 members, including women for the first time. By 2011, membership had decreased to about 1,200. Members met at the Yale Club in the first few years, then in April 1946 the Wings Club relocated to the Biltmore Hotel where it stayed for 37 years.

List of aviation pioneers

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For achievements exclusively of women, see Women in aviation

Elmer Ambrose Sperry

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National Aeronautical Association. Aero Club of America. Engineers' Club. National Electric Light Association. Franklin Institute. Japan Society. National Academy of Sciences. Director of the Museum of the Peaceful Arts. Aero Club of France (1914) for his airplane stabilizer. Franklin Institute Medal (1914, specific award unknown) for his gyroscopic compass. Collier Trophy (1914) for gyroscopic control. Collier Trophy (1916) for his drift indicator. Holley Medal (1928). John Fritz Medal (1927). Albert Gary Medal (1927). Elliott Cresson Medal (1929) for gyroscopic navigational and recording instruments.

David Hugh McCulloch

In 1915 he worked with the Aero Club of America (of which he was a member and received Hydroaeroplane Pilots's Certificate No. 16) and the Aero Club of Pennsylvania to aid in establishing planes for the defense of the area by purchasing and donating two aerohydroplanes (valued at $15,000 in 1915 dollars) to help form Pennsylvania's aerial fleet of 5 planes. After McCulloch received instruction at the Curtiss Flying School at Hammondsport, New York. He became a close friend and employee of Curtiss. While with Curtiss from 1912 to 1914 he demonstrated, taught, and sold Curtiss flying boats to the governments of South American countries.

Augustus Post

Aero Club of America, secretary, founding member National Aeronautics Association. Automobile Club of America (now American Automobile Association), founding member. Early Birds of Aviation. Four Minute Men. The Caterpillar Club (those saved from death by a parachute). Three Score and Ten Club. Blizzard Men of ’88. Circumnavigators Club. International Science Forum, director. National Association for Music in Hospitals. Norwich Society of New York, honorary member. Boy Scouts of America, founding National Council member. Music and Art Lovers’ Club. Musicians Club of New York, director. Municipal Opera Association, Inc. Works Progress Administration of New York, honorary member and advisor.

Robert J. Collier

Robert Joseph CollierRobert Collier
He was president of the Aero Club of America. Collier was born in New York City on June 17, 1876 to Katherine Louise Collier (née Dunue) and Peter Fenelon Collier. He attended St. Francis College, then transferred to Georgetown University and graduated in 1894, winning the Merrick Medal from the Philodemic Society that same year. He received the degree of A. B. from Georgetown University. He then spent two years at Harvard University and Oxford University. Collier assumed the role of editor and publisher of Collier's Weekly, where he was known to have converted the illustrations in the publication from black and white ink to color. Collier was an aviation enthusiast.

Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy

Newton. * Wright Brothers Medal Aero Club of Washington. The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) list of Wright Memorial Trophy winners.

Mackay Trophy

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National Aeronautic Association. The award was established on 27 January 1911 by Clarence Mackay, who was then head of the Postal Telegraph-Cable Company and the Commercial Cable Company. Originally, aviators could compete for the trophy annually under rules made each year or the War Department could award the trophy for the most meritorious flight of the year. The following is a list of awardees: National Aeronautic Association Mackay Trophy Page. ASC Award Winners; Mackay Trophy. Smithsonian Aeronautics Division Awards and Trophies.

Cortlandt F. Bishop

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In 1909, as president of the Aero Club of America, Bishop offered a $250 prize to the first four persons who could fly one kilometer. During the International Aviation Meet in 1910, Bishop, Charles K. Hamilton, and Anthony J. Drexel, Jr. were all separately arrested for speeding in Jamaica, Queens. In 1911, Bishop and his wife took an extensive automobile trip around Europe, traveling to the Tripolitan frontier, 480 kilometers from Tunis. In 1923, Bishop bought America's premier auction house, American Art Association, from Thomas Kirby and installed Maj. Hiram Haney Parke and Otto Bernet as vice presidents and then proceeded to run his business from all over the world.

Pilot licensing and certification

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The Royal Aero Club followed in 1901 and the Aero Club of America was established in 1905. All three organizations, as well as representatives from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland founded the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) in 1905 as an international governing body for aeronautics. However, certificates or ratings from them were not initially mandatory. [[List of pilots awarded an Aviator's Certificate by the Aéro-Club de France in 1909|The Aéro-Club de France began issuing certificates in 1910]], although these were awarded retroactively to 7 January 1909.

Harmon Trophy

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;National Aeronautic Association. Source: Harmon Aeronaut Trophy (National Aeronautic Association). National Air and Space Museum list. Harmon National Trophy for Australia.

Homer Hedge

In 1905, Hedge became Founder and first President of the Aero Club of America. Hedge was the author of a book on ballooning, The American Aeronaut (1907).

Orteig Prize

flightprize of $25,000the first nonstop airplane flight from Paris and New York
The offer was in the spirit of several similar aviation prize offers, and was made in a letter to Alan Ramsay Hawley, president of the Aero Club of America at the behest of Aero Club secretary Augustus Post. Gentlemen: As a stimulus to the courageous aviators, I desire to offer, through the auspices and regulations of the Aero Club of America, a prize of $25,000 to the first aviator of any Allied Country crossing the Atlantic in one flight, from Paris to New York or New York to Paris, all other details in your care. Yours very sincerely, Raymond Orteig The Aero Club replied on May 26 with Orteig confirming his offer three days later.

Dave Hennen Morris

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Morris was a founder of the Aero Club of America and of the Automobile Club of America. Along with his wife Alice, he co-founded the International Auxiliary Language Association, which in 1951 would present Interlingua to the general public. He was treasurer of the IALA from its establishment in 1924 to his death in 1944. His son, Lawrence, then assumed the position. His father was a prominent figure in Thoroughbred horse racing who owned Morris Park Racetrack in The Bronx, New York. Dave Morris and brother Alfred, a Vice-Chairman and steward of The Jockey Club, owned, bred, and raced a number of successful Thoroughbreds.

Glenn Curtiss

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Pilot's License #1 from the Aero Club of America, because the first batch of licenses were issued in alphabetical order; Wilbur Wright received license #5. At the culmination of the Aerial Experiment Association's experiments, Curtiss offered to purchase the rights to Aerodrome #3, essentially using it as the basis of his "Curtiss No. 1, the first of his production series of pusher aircraft. During the 1909–1910 period, Curtiss employed a number of demonstration pilots, including Eugene Ely, Charles K. Hamilton, Augustus Post, and Hugh Robinson.

Academy of Model Aeronautics

AMAThe Academy of Model AeronauticsUnited States' national aeromodeling organization
As an associate member of the National Aeronautic Association, the AMA is recognized by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, the world governing body of all aviation activity. While many members view AMA insurance as the primary purpose of the organization, the insurance program is low on the list of priorities. When the organization was first formed five years before the USA's involvement began in World War II, there was no insurance program. The first offering of optional liability insurance was first suggested in 1939. $0.50 extra was to provide $500.00 liability protection. By the early 1940s, coverage was raised to $1000.00 worth of protection.

John Moisant

John Bevins MoisantJohn B. MoisantMoisant International Aviators
Later, Moisant was granted a pilot's license from the Aéro-Club de France, which he transferred to the Aero Club of America to become the thirteenth registered pilot in the United States. On August 9, 1910, Moisant flew his third flight as a pilot in his first recently purchased Blériot XI from Étampes to Issy-les-Moulineaux over Paris, landing the aircraft at the starting line of the Le Circuit de l'Est aerial time trial circuit. Accompanying Moisant as a passenger on the flight was his mechanic, making the trip the first passenger flight over a city in the world.

International Aerobatic Club

U.S. National Aerobatic Championships
The International Aerobatic Club (IAC) is a division of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the National Aeronautics Association (NAA). It promotes aerobatics and governs the sport of competition aerobatics in the United States under the regulations of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). The IAC was founded in 1970 as an evolution of the EAA's "Precision Flying Division" to provide an organized method for advancing aerobatic skills via a "building block" competition system. It is responsible for pilot selection of Advanced and Unlimited Power, and Advanced Glider aerobatic teams that represent the U.S. at World Aerobatic Championships events.

Harriet Quimby

In 1911, she was awarded a U.S. pilot's certificate by the Aero Club of America, becoming the first woman to gain a pilot's license in the United States. In 1912, she became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. Although Quimby lived only to the age of 37, she influenced the role of women in aviation. She was born on May 11, 1875 in Arcadia Township, Manistee County, Michigan. After her family moved to San Francisco, California, in the early 1900s, she became a journalist.