The world’s largest association of private pilots is honoring a California advocate for propeller-driven aircraft.
The Frederick-based Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association said Thursday it has given its most prestigious annual award to Elliott Sanders of Van Nuys, California.
Spokesman Joe Kildea says in a statement that Sanders helped preserve access to the Van Nuys Airport for pilots of piston-driven aircraft at a time when other types of aircraft were encroaching on general aviation.
Kildea says Sanders was also instrumental in developing a 30-acre section of the airport specifically for propeller aircraft, including maintenance services and flight schools.
The award is the Laurence P. Sharples Perpetual Award, named for the association’s first chairman.