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The Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award
On April 14, 1945, a DC-3 struck a mountain near Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S. All 20 people in the airplane were killed. This award was established in 1956 by the late Clifford E. Barbour and his son, Clifford E. Barbour Jr., in memory of the elder Barbour’s wife, a passenger on the accident flight. The Barbour family used the insurance settlement to institute the award, which includes $500 and a hand-lettered citation.
The award recognizes notable achievement in the field of aviation safety — civil or military — in method, design, invention, study or other improvement. The award’s recipient is selected for a “significant individual or group effort contributing to improving aviation safety, with emphasis on original contributions,” and a “significant individual or group effort performed above and beyond normal responsibilities.” Mechanics, engineers and others outside of top administrative or research positions should be especially considered. The contribution need not be recent, especially if the nominee has not received adequate recognition.
If you would like to place a nomination for this prestigious award, please submit a page or two of documentation along with the nominee’s name and contact information. Indicate the reasons why the nominee is worthy of the Award, his or her accomplishments and any previous recognition received. Please include your name, contact information and be sure to provide an email address.
Deadline for nominations is June 14, 2013.
The award will be presented at the 66th annual International Air Safety Summit, which will be held October 29-31, 2013 in Washington, DC.