Criteria for the Spirit of Flight Award

  • Awarded annually to an organization that has made a substantial contribution to aviation in Illinois.

  • The organization's activities must be Illinois based and continuous over a long period of time.

  • The organization's member activities must be above and beyond that of normal paid employment and exhibit a high degree of excellence in their accomplishment.

2022 2022 EAA Chapter 1155 at Mt. Vernon, Illinois
2020/2021 Aviation Explorer Post #9
Chicago’s Leading Edge Chapter – Women in Aviation International
Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC)
2019 2019 Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum/EAA Chapter 1414
2018 Greater Midwest Rotorcraft Club
2017 AeroStar Consulting Corporation
Challenger Learning Center – Normal
2016 EAA Chapter 277
Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum
2015 Blackhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Illinois Aviation Museum at Bolingbrook
2014 Challenger Learning Center of Woodstock
2013 Coast Guard Auxiliary Aviation – Flotilla 39-8
2012 Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA)
2011 Tuskegee Airmen of Chicago
2010 WASP of Illinois
2009 Stick and Rudder Flying Club
2008 Kishwaukee Education Consortium
2007 Sky Soaring Glider Club
2006 IAACCT  Illinois Association of Air and Critical Care Transport
Rotor Wing Association of America
2005 Hangar One Foundation Glenview
2004 Wright Redux Association and Packer Engineering
2003 Lewis University Aviation Department
2002 Friends of Meigs Field
2001 Illinois Flying Farmers
2000 Vintage Aero Association
1999 Illinois Air Force Association & its Chapters
1998 The Palwaukee Airport Pilots Association
1997 Chicago Flight Instructors Association
1996 Chicagoland Glider Council
1995 EAA Chapter #579, Aurora
1994 Army National Guard
1993 Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
1992 Lifeline Pilots Association and Mundelein High School
1991 Illinois Pilots Association
1990 Illinois Wing Civil Air Patrol
1989 Prairie Aviation Museum
1987 Illinois Ninety-Nines
1986 Illinois Department of Transportation - Division of Aeronautics
1985 Illinois Air National Guard