Youth Aviation Achievement Award
2001 Glenn B. Pusey III

2002 Philip G. Harris

2003 Philipp E Coffin

2004 Joseph G. Gilliland

2005 Christopher A. Kohler

2006 Walter "Lee" Vanaman

2007 Michael Shaw

2008 Jeffery M. Adelman







2009 Ariel Evans

2010 George Antoniou

2011 Willie Gonzalez

2012 James Reagan

2014 Michael James Lombardi

2015 Moriah Graham

2016 Dylan Kelsall
In 2001, the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame established an annual Youth Aviation Achievement Award. It is given to the young man or woman who has distinguished himself or herself in aviation training, career development and participation in community aviation activities.

The DAHF is accepting nominations through May 16th, 2017, for the Youth Achievement Award from schools, other organizations, and the general public.  The award designee will be celebrated at the annual Honors Banquet alongside the 2017 Aviation Hall of Fame inductees. 

Candidacy for this award is open to anyone who meets the criteria below and is actively pursuing an interest in aviation.  Practically any aspect of aviation is acceptable—in the air or on the ground, civilian or military (e.g., pilot training, airframe & powerplant (A&P) certification, ROTC, ground service, operations management, aerospace engineering, etc.).  If you know of someone who is worthy of recognition, please consider sponsoring him/her.  Remember, nominations must be received by June 1st.

Selection criteria:
1. Age between 15 and 21
2. Native or current resident of Delaware (Non-residents may qualify if they are currently enrolled in a formal Delaware aviation training program or are receiving training from a certified flight instructor in Delaware.)
3. Upstanding character (e.g., demonstrated achievement in his/her area of aviation; strong leadership qualities; documented community service; creative demonstration of aviation interests; active membership in aviation organizations, etc.)
4. Goal to pursue an aviation-related career

Type your nomination using two pages or less, single-spaced.  Provide a strong description of how your nominee clearly meets criterion #3.  You are welcome to include supporting documents (e.g., awards, citations, news articles, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Please click on the button below to download and fill out the Youth Achievement Award nomination form.

NOTE: Use the PDF form if you plan to print it out and submit your nomination via USPS mail. Download the .doc version to your computer if you plan to fill out the form on your computer and submit it electronically as an attachment via email. We require contact information for both nominator and nominee: contact phone numbers, mailing addresses and e-mail addresses (if available). Supporting documents such as awards, citations, news articles and letters of commendation are welcome. Please make copies/ scans for submittal- do not send originals!




The deadline for submitting nominations is May 16th, 2017.


Here are the past recipients of the Youth Aviation Achievment Award: