Help Recognize Excellence in GA


Each year for more than 50 years, the General Aviation Awards Program  and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have recognized aviation professionals for their contributions to general aviation in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, and safety. 

The selection process begins with each of 80 FAA Flight Standards District Offices selecting district-level winners in each of the three categories. These winners then go to FAA regional offices where regional winners are selected. The regional winners are then submitted to a panel of distinguished industry judges in each category, who select the three national winners.

The three national winners receive an expenses-paid trip to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, where they are recognized by the FAA Administrator and other high-ranking FAA officials, have their names added to the large plaque in the EAA Museum, and are fêted at an awards luncheon where they will receive gifts donated by GAA's industry sponsors.


The General Aviation Awards Program is a non-profit corporation, and all of its board members, judges, and other volunteers serve without compensation. However, the Program requires nearly $15,000 per year in donations to function, most of this to pay for travel, lodging, awards luncheon, plaques, lapel pins and gifts for the three national honorees.

While donations from industry have always been central to the Program and demonstrate the commitment of the aviation industry, these alone do not cover the Program’s annual operating costs. We therefore ask for your support in order to launch a truly stellar 2019 award cycle.


100% of the donations we receive from this GoFundMe campaign will be used to benefit the three national honorees. The funds will be used specifically to pay for the honorees' Oshkosh travel and lodging expenses, and for the awards luncheon, plaques, lapel pins, and gifts they will receive.


We need your financial support to enable the 2019 award cycle to go forward, and to ensure that the national honorees receive the recognition they so richly deserve and that they have a memorable award experience. After more than 50 years of recognizing excellence in our industry, your support will mean that the General Aviation Awards Program will continue to flourish for the next 50 years!!


This GoFundMe campaign has been created by Mike Busch A&P/IA, honored in 2008 as "National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year" and a member of the Board of Directors of General Aviation Awards, Inc., the non-profit corporation that administers the Program. This campaign has been approved unanimously by the entire Board of Directors . All members of the Board serve voluntarily, receiving no compensation from the Program.

  • Craig Cady 
    • $100 
    • 34 mos
  • David Maier 
    • $25 
    • 35 mos
  • Dominic Bertuca 
    • $50 
    • 35 mos
  • Anita Sen 
    • $50 
    • 37 mos
  • Kiri Wagstaff 
    • $50 
    • 37 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Mike Busch 
Arroyo Grande, CA
Gary Goodpaster 
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