ATLANTA, GA – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) presented its journalism awards this morning during its Media Kickoff Breakfast on the opening day of the NBAA 60th Annual Meeting & Convention.
Paul Lowe of Aviation International News was presented with the NBAA Gold Wing Award, which recognizes insightful reporting on the most important issues and trends impacting business aviation. Lowe is noted for his thorough and well-researched series of articles on the aviation user fee issue – one of the most pressing issues facing the general aviation industry. His coverage is credited with helping readers to understand the implications of user fees and the threat posed their businesses.
Also during the breakfast, NBAA posthumously presented the Platinum Wing Award to the late David W. Ewald. NBAA then announced the award will be renamed the David W. Ewald Platinum Wing Award for Lifetime Achievement and Excellence in Journalism. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen recognized Ewald as “someone who devoted over 50 years to aviation journalism.” He also noted, “It has often been noted that Dave was a publishing genius.”
This year NBAA also created a new scholarship in Ewald’s honor designed to support qualified candidates seeking careers in journalism, preferably with an aviation focus. The first recipients of the scholarship were named during the Media Kickoff Breakfast, and they are Chad Robert Mumm, a student at the University of Georgia, and David Kenneth Wilson, a South Connecticut State University student.