Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, has been given the highest award of the Aircraft Owners and Pilot's Association.

It has named him a 1990 recipient of its Joseph B. Hartranft Award. It is names for the association's first employee and is given annually to a government official who has made a significant contribution to general aviation."Garn's leadership on numerous issues affecting aviation has been invaluable," said John L. Baker, president of the 300,000-member group. "His experience as a pilot has given him a great deal of insight and understanding about the importance of aviation to the nation."

Garn has been a pilot since he was a teenager, logging more than 10,000 hours in private aircraft. He has also flown for both the Navy and Air Force and is a retired general in the National Guard. He also orbited the Earth 109 times aboard the space shuttle Discovery.

Baker said Garn was at the forefront of key aviation issues this year, including fighting a proposed luxury tax on private aircraft.

Garn and two other award winners - Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Rep. Dan Glickman, D-Kan. - are scheduled to be given the awards at the group's convention this Saturday in Palm Springs, Calif.