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Barden, Whitman to Receive NAA’s Distinguished Statesman Award

September 30, 2013

Two individuals with ties to NBAA will be honored this fall by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA).

Janice Barden and Bruce Whitman will be among five recipients of NAA’s 2013 Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award, to be presented at the NAA fall awards dinner on Nov. 12 in Arlington, VA.

“We congratulate Janice and Bruce on their selection for this prestigious award, for which they are both well deserving,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

Barden is a former recipient of NBAA’s John P. “Jack” Doswell Award for lifelong achievement in support of business aviation; a former chair of NBAA’s Convention Local Committee; and the namesake of one of NBAA’s collegiate aviation scholarships. She is the founder of Aviation Personnel International (API), a retained-search firm designed to serve the hiring needs of business aviation professionals. API is the longest-running aviation recruiting business and has contributed immeasurably to the entire aviation industry, according to NAA.

Whitman is president and CEO of FlightSafety International and has enjoyed a long and distinguished career there. A former senior executive with NBAA (then known as the National Business Aircraft Association), he also has served on NBAA’s Associate Membership Advisory Council.

Under Whitman’s leadership, FlightSafety provides more than a million hours of training each year to more than 75,000 pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from around the world.

NAA’s Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award was established in 1954 to honor outstanding Americans, who, by their efforts over a period of years, have made contributions of significant value to aeronautics and have reflected credit upon America and themselves.

NAA will also present its 2013 Public Benefit Flying Teamwork Award to ORBIS International and FedEx at the Nov. 12 event. NBAA nominated ORBIS and FedEx for the award, which honors their 30-year partnership to fight blindness around the world.