Stephen Pope, George Larson Honored With NBAA Journalism Awards

Atlanta, GA – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced the recipients of the 2010 NBAA Gold Wing Award and the David W. Ewald Platinum Wing Award today at the Media Kickoff Breakfast at NBAA’s 63rd Annual Meeting & Convention.

Stephen Pope, senior editor of Aviation International News, and George Larson, senior editor of Business & Commercial Aviation, received the Gold Wing and Platinum Wing Awards, respectively.

The NBAA Gold Wing Award for Reporting Excellence is presented annually for excellent, accurate and insightful reporting on issues related to business aviation. NBAA’s Platinum Wing Award, named after the late, esteemed journalist David Ewald, recognizes lifetime achievement and excellence in journalism.

Pope received the Gold Wing Award for his first-person coverage of a business aviation flight provided by Honeywell to provide relief to victims of the January 12 earthquake that struck the island nation of Haiti. The story, headlined, “Bizav shines in Haitian relief effort,” appeared in the February 2010 edition of Aviation International News.

“Stephen’s story literally took readers along on a mission that was reflective of the months-long work by hundreds of people from across the business aviation community who often had to overcome significant obstacles to help Haiti’s earthquake victims,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

George Larson received the 2010 Platinum Wing Award for his decades of commitment to business aviation.

Larson’s early career included posts at FLYING magazine and Business & Commercial Aviation. In 1985, the Smithsonian Institution recruited Larson to create, launch and manage the Smithsonian’s award-winning Air & Space magazine, produced in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s most popular museum. After serving as the publication’s editor for 20 years, Larson returned to Business & Commercial Aviation, where he serves today as senior editor.

“George’s well-rounded experience and continued enthusiasm for aviation are just two reasons why he is held in such high regard among his peers and in the industry,” Bolen said. “Our congratulations to him on this well-deserved recognition.”