The professional pilot training program at Utah State University is $1,000 richer because of an award made to Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah.
Garn recently was named the 1990 recipient of the $1,000 Joseph B. Hartranft "Doc" Award by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Frederick, Md.The senator was recognized for being a strong advocate for general aviation and the understanding of aviation he brings to the legislative process, the association said.
Garn has also been a supporter of the USU flight technology program, which prepares students to be commercial pilots.
It was organized in USU's department of industrial technology and education three years ago to help meet a predicted need for 13,000 pilots in the airline industry by 1990. It has attracted three times the number of students anticipated.
Garn and other aviation leaders helped develop the program.
His $1,000 prize has been added to the William H. Kibbie Aviation Scholarship Endowment. The endowment, established by Kibbie's family, is funded at more than $50,000 and provides two $1,500 scholarships per year to students in the flight technology program.