First published in the Wanaka Sun
Wanaka’s aviation community has received two accolades in this year’s annual awards presented by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
Recreational pilot Shaun Gilbertson was voted top in 2017’s general aviation category for his contribution to recreational aviation in New Zealand.
Pictured: Brian Hore presents Shaun Gilbertson with his award.
Shaun said that the fact that Wanaka had scooped two awards this year was “quite cool” for such a small airport.
Callum Smith, director of aircraft repair and restoration company Twenty24, and his team were awarded the best maintenance shop award.
AOPA has more than 430,000 members across 66 countries.
Members put in nominations for the annual awards, with the association’s eight life members selecting the winners.
Life members Murray Paterson and Brian Hore presented Shaun and Twenty24 with their awards last week.
Cover image: : Twenty24’s Callum Smith receives his award from Murray Paterson with workshop staff James Odgers, Dave Drake, Mark Williams and Jamie Gibbard.
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