May 12, 2017

Dee Hanson, former executive director of the Alaska Airmen Association (AAA), was recently presented with an NBAA Silk Scarf award for her many years of service to general aviation in Alaska.

NBAA COO Steve Brown presented the award to Hanson during a special ceremony on May 7 at the Alaska Aviation Museum in Anchorage, AK. More than 30 NBAA members and other general aviation stakeholders attended.

“Dee managed all of the AAA programs as executive director, most notably establishing the annual Great Alaska Aviation Gathering, as a premier event in over 19 years of growth and innovation,” said Brown. “Her dedication to all facets of aviation in Alaska, and her tireless work on behalf of AAA, have earned her the entire communities respect, as well as NBAA’s deep appreciation. Dee is an insightful, contemporary leader in the state and a supportive advocate for all of us dedicated to the unique contributions from Alaskan aviation.”

A third-generation Alaskan – her grandfather was a homesteader in Alaska during the 1930s – Hanson grew up doing what most people do in the state: fishing, camping and taking in the natural wonders of America’s largest state. She began flight training during a summer break from college, and the rest, as they say, is history. In addition to her involvement with the AAA, she helped organize the Aviation Heritage Museum.
About the Award

In an effort to honor outstanding business aviation community members and inspire future aviators, the NBAA Silk Scarf Award is given to individuals for special contributions to the business aviation community during their careers. Learn more and view past award recipients at the NBAA Silk Scarf Award web page.