SouthWings' Susan Lapis to receive the 2012 "Distinguished Volunteer Pilot" award from the National Aeronautic Association and the Air Care Alliance

SouthWings is proud to announce that Volunteer Pilot Susan Lapis has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 “Distinguished Volunteer Pilot” award from the National Aeronautic Association and the Air Care Alliance as part of their Public Benefit Flying Awards Program. The NAA recognized Susan "for her enormous contributions using her aviation skills to protect the natural heritage, communities and ecosystems of the Southeast."
The Public Benefit Flying Awards were created in 2003 to recognize significant contributions by people and organizations who voluntarily put their aviation skills, talents, and equipment to use to the benefit of our of Nation. They are the most important aviation awards of this nature in the United States.  The “Above and Beyond” Awards Ceremony will be held in the United States Capitol in September.

Susan earned her wings in 1992 and has been a SouthWings pilot since early 1999. Susan’s professional background includes a Ph.D. in biochemistry and work in enzymology and cancer research. The unique combination of Susan’s personality, professional background, compassion, humor and concern for the environment makes her an wonderful volunteer pilot and spokesperson for the issues near and dear to her heart.  She has the unique gift of connecting people to their environment and motivating them to become involved as part of the solution for the future sustainability of the planet. 

Read more about this in the AOPA article "Volunteer pilots, organization honored for their service."

From everyone at SouthWings,

Congratulations Susan!