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AOPA Presents Hoover Trophy to Funk

April 26, 2022

AOPA Presents Hoover Trophy to Funk

Wally Funk, an aviation pioneer best known for a recent journey into space on a Blue Origin rocket, was presented the R. A. “Bob” Hoover Trophy by Aircra Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President Mark Baker during a gala event at Signature Flight Support at Washington National Airport in Arlington, VA, on March 23.

e event honored Funk, as well as other outstanding aviators and innovative aviation companies. Funk accepted the highest honor of the night for exhibiting “the airmanship, leadership, mentorship, and passion for aviation” that Hoover exemplified, as well as for having a “distinguished career as a pilot and aviation advocate while also serving as a source of inspiration and encouragement for current and prospective aviators.” Funk has also been persistent in paying it forward for future generations of aviators. As a professional flight instructor, Funk has guided more than 3,000 students to their private pilot certificate or an advanced rating. She is also the author of Higher, Faster, Longer: My Life in Aviation and My Quest for Spaceflight. She joins an impressive list of Hoover Trophy winners.
   —Please see https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/allnews/2022/march/24/aviation-excellence-honored for more,
including photos.