Pilots Recognized at Awards Luncheon

The National Weather Service office in Louisville hosted a luncheon on Saturday, September 8th to recognize general aviation pilots for volunteering and assisting with aerial damage surveys. Several of the pilots and their co-pilots were awarded plaques for supplementing the damage survey process with aerial photos and video. The pilots enjoyed lunch and a presentation by UPS Senior Meteorologist Randy Baker. The group also toured the office and learned how the NWS conducts routine and emergency forecast services. Thanks again to all of those who volunteered and assisted with the damage survey process this year!

If you are interested, or know anyone who might be interested, in becoming a volunteer pilot for the National Weather Service, contact NWS Lousville Meteorologist Brian Schoettmer (brian.schoettmer@noaa.gov) for more details.

UPS Senior Meteorologist Randy Baker (center left) discusses the role of weather sensing data equipped on UPS aircraft to enhance aviation forecasting. Randy was the guest speaker for the event.

Volunteer general aviation pilots enjoying lunch.

 

 

Pilots and meteorologists discussing aviation and weather.

 

 

 

NWS Louisville Meteorologist in Charge John Gordon (far left) recognizes pilot Mark Powers (far right), pilot Josh Kiefer (middle right), and photographer Austin Lassell (middle left) for aerial damage survey assistance after the March 2nd, 2012 tornado event. Both pilots are members of the Kentuckiana Volunteer Aviators.

NWS Louisville Meteorologist in Charge John Gordon (left) recognizes pilot Bob Allen (right) and pilot Gary Katz (not pictured) for aerial damage survey assistance following the March 2nd, 2012 tornado event. Both pilots are members of the Kentuckiana Volunteer Aviators. 

NWS Louisville Meteorologist in Charge John Gordon (left) recognizes pilot Danny T. Walker (middle) and photographer Brenda K. Walker (right) for aerial damage survey assistance following the February 29, 2012 tornado event. The Walkers' fly out of Muhlenberg County Airport. 

NWS Louisville Meteorologist in Charge John Gordon (left) recognizes pilot Dr. Keith Mountain (right) for aerial damage survey assistance following the March 2nd, 2012 tornado event. Dr. Mountain is a Kentuckiana Volunteer Aviator. 

 

Not pictured were awards for two additional flights after the March 2nd event. 1st flight: Kentuckiana Volunteer Aviator Pilots David Katz and Gary Katz, and photographer Tom Boucher. 2nd flight: Pilot Dr. Joseph Munning.



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