John Mininger, a licensed pilot and active member of several aviation associations, was selected as this year’s Phillips 66 Aviation’s EAA Young Eagles Leadership Award winner. Mininger, who has been an active participant in Young Eagles for the past 22 years, has flown more than 750 children as part of the program. Young Eagles is designed to introduce youth between the ages of eight and 17 to aviation by providing them with free introductory flights. Founded in 1992, the program recently reached the two millionth flight of a Young Eagle.
Mininger has served as the EAA Young Eagles flight coordinator for Quakertown Airport in Pennsylvania. “John’s positive contributions to the EAA Young Eagles extends well beyond his involvement in Quakertown,” said Kim Ruth, Phillips 66’s director of programs development for general aviation. “It is because of the dedicated efforts of volunteers like John that children all over the U.S. will be exposed to the joys of flying in a personal aircraft.“
In addition to his involvement with EAA, Mininger also has participated in AOPA and the Quakertown Pilots Association.