NBAA Names Recipients of Hilsmann Memorial Scholarships

Contact: Dan Hubbard,;
Molly Hitch, 202-783-9353,

Hartford, CT, May 1, 2023 – The Maintenance Committee of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) this week announced the recipients of the Hank Hilsmann Memorial Scholarship.

The two recipients will be able to attend model-specific training courses to advance their careers as business aviation maintenance technicians.

  • Gabrielle Janicki is a student at The National Aviation Academy working toward her A&P. 
  • Jacob Pendleton is an A&P student at Solano Community College and Marine Corps. veteran with a goal of becoming a maintainer in the business aviation industry. 

The NBAA Maintenance Committee and NBAA Charities, in coordination with Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. and Dassault’s authorized training providers CAE Simuflite and Flight Safety International, offer the Hank Hilsmann Memorial Scholarship to current and aspiring aviation maintenance technicians and military personnel transitioning to business aviation.

The scholarship was created to honor the memory of Hilsmann, whose strength of character inspired a high standard of caring in the business aviation community. In his most recent position as a field representative with Dassault Falcon Jet, as well as in his previous positions as an aviation mechanic and pilot, Hilsmann was known for his integrity and pride in his work.

Applications for the 2024 Hank Hilsmann Memorial Scholarship will be available in the fall of 2023. Learn more about the Hank Hilsmann Memorial Scholarship.

In addition to the Hank Hilsmann Memorial Scholarship, NBAA Charities offers a number of other scholarships and programs to promote professional development and business aviation careers. For more information, contact NBAA at (202) 783-9000 or visit


Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 10,000 company and professional members and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

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