EAA Young Eagle Volunteers and Pilots to Receive First Bob Hoover Legacy Award

Maitland, FL July 12, 2018 – The Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation, the organization formed and sanctioned by Bob Hoover prior to his passing in October of 2016, has announced its first-ever Bob Hoover Award of Aviation Excellence will go to the volunteers and pilots who have flown more than 2 million EAA Young Eagles in 90 countries since the program’s launch in 1992.

The Award is intended to shine a spotlight on those who are doing outstanding work to improve and expand aviation’s future. The criteria for the award states:“The Bob Hoover Award of Aviation Excellence will be given annually by the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation to an individual, organization, company, program, educational institution, or government entity that has advanced and improved the future of American aviation in a manner or manners consistent with the standards of technical excellence, safety, determination and generosity of spirit that defined Robert Anderson “Bob” Hoover.”

In making the announcement Tracy Forrest, Foundation President, said, “ It is difficult to imagine a program that has done more to touch and inspire a new generation of aviators than EAA’s Young Eagles Program. Bob Hoover believed those thousands of volunteers who introduced over two million young people between the ages of 8-17 to the wonders of flight represent the absolute best and most generous among the aviation community. He would be delighted with this decision.”

Jack Pelton, CEO and Chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the organization that originated and operates the Young Eagles program said, “Our Young Eagles volunteers, who include more than 50,000 EAA-member pilots and an equal number of ground support volunteers over the first 26 years of the program, are absolutely the backbone of this program,” said Jack Pelton, CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Experimental Aircraft Association. “To be recognized as part of the legacy of Bob Hoover is something for which we are deeply honored and will cherish as we fuel the next generation of aviators.”

The Award will be formally presented during EAA AirVenture 2018, at the Evening With Bob Hoover Event being held Wednesday evening, July 25th. For tickets to the event follow the following link: CLICK HERE

{The Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation is a 501c3 organization conceived and formed by R.A. Bob Hoover, in 2016 to perpetuate Bob’s life-long dedication to aviation learning and safety, and to inspire those qualities in succeeding generations of American aviators.}

For More Information:
Contact Jon Tennyson at info@BobHooverLegacyFoundation.org or 920-379-6400.