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2o19 Inductees

 
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RUSS AMOS

Born 30 October 1939 in Indiana, Amos joined the US Air Force in 1957. Assigned to the Little Rock Air Force Base where he learned to fly as member of the Base Aero Club. Upon discharge in 1962, he joined Hankins Flying Service in Oil Trough, AR as a crop duster pilot. In 1966, Amos joined Newport Flying Service as a duster pilot, but also flew charter and taught flight instruction. In 1968 Russ began flying 680E Aero Commander for Batesville Manufacturing Company where he flew for about five years and then returned to flying AGCATs for another ten years. He starter his own business in 1982 and now flies corporate. A charter member of the Arkansas Aerial Applicators Association, he was the Arkansas Flight Instructor of the Year in 1997. Russ was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in 2011, Russ continues to fly corporately today.

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J. O. DOCKERY

Born 26 February 1909 in Dallas, TX, was a true pioneer of agricultural aviation in theSouth. He soloed a “Jenny” at age 12 and was “barnstorming” and instructing by age 14. He was arguably the first to commercially dust a crop from an aircraft in the Delta region. He was a stunt pilot for the Ivan Gate Flying Circus and the Lone Star Flying Circus in the 1920’s. He was one of the first three pilots for the predecessor of Braniff Airlines. He took his operation to Stuttgart, AR in 1938 and developed his dusting business throughout the south and Midwest with upwards of 100 Stearman aircraft at its peak. He taught ferry pilots during the early years of WWII. A member of the National Agricultural Hall of Fame, Dockery died 20 December 1997.

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DON CLARK RUGGLES

Don Ruggles founded Lifenet of Arkansas in 1983 and was instrumental in bringing the first Emergency Medical Service (EMS) helicopter service to Arkansas in that year. In the same year he founded Helicopters Southwest based in Texarkana and in the subsequent thirty-six years his company has flown over 10,000 accident free missions throughout Arkansas and Texas. Ruggles has served in many civic and charitable endeavors including as a member of the Arkansas Aeronautics Commission and as Chairman of the Texarkana Airport Commission. He was the recipient the Wilbur Award for Exemplary Community Service in Texarkana for 2019.

 
 
 
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RONALD L. HERRON

Ron was born on 13 April 1949 in Lollie, AR just outside Mayflower. He has an international reputation for his knowledge, expertise and experience with autogyros having designed and built the “Little Wing” LW5 autogyro. Herron solved the inherent instability of the auto gyro with his design. The “Little Wing” was one of only two aircraft to meet FAI’s four primary performance categories and holds 29 FAI world records. The Spirit of Wiley Post Award was earned for setting three transcontinental speed records.  The ”Little Wing” is now on display in the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

A natural mechanic, Herron taught aviation maintenance at Pulaski Technical College for fifteen years retiring in 2013. Well known for his kindness, he placed his design for the LW5 in the public domain without recompense in the interest of safety for all autogiro enthusiasts.

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DENNIS F. CANTRELL

The man for whom the Conway airport is named was born in Greenbrier, AR on 22 Jan 1908. He learned to fly in the early 30’s soloing in an Arkansas made Command-Aire. He became the Chief Aircraft Mechanic for Starnes Flying Service at the Conway Airport in 1940 for the duration of WWII.  Cantrell formed Cantrell’s Aero Service in 1947 and became widely recognized as an incomparable expert in aircraft maintenance. He was recognized as the FAA’s first “FAA Mechanic of the Year” in 1962. Cantrell retired in 1986. On 27 Sept 1978, the City of Conway honored Cantrell by naming the Conway Airport “Dennis F. Cantrell Field” in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of aviation in the area. When Conway opened its new airport in 2015, it was named the “Dennis F. Cantrell Field”, as well. He died 1 Aug 2002.

 
 

 

2019 scholars

Monte J. Jones was born in Salinas, California, February 27,1972. He became interested in aviation at an early age taking his first flying lesson at 14. After several years in Fire and Emergency Medical Services he is pursuing an Aviation Science Commercial Pilot Degree at Ozarka College. Upon graduation he plans to continue his education with a Bachelor’s Degree and fly in the medical evacuation or aerial firefighting fields.

Cecilia Magnani has dreamed of flying airplanes since she first stepped foot in one as a little kid and since then her fascination has only increased. After graduation in 2022, she plans to pursue her dream of flying for a major airline.


Ashley Malone was born in Little Rock, AR on April 20, 1994. C130s from the Jacksonville Air Force base sparked her initial interest in aviation, which was later heightened when her parents took her to a few airshows. She learned about Henderson's aviation program and flew a Discovery Flight in 2014. She plans to have all training complete and graduate by spring 2020. Upon graduation, she will work as a flight instructor at Henderson accumulating the necessary hours to work for a regional airline, with the ultimate goal of becoming a corporate pilot.

Maddie Rogers was born in March of 2000 in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Shortly thereafter, she moved with her family to Bullard, Texas. She became interested in aviation after taking a Discovery flight on Long Island, NY in 2015. She expects to graduate in 2022 and has her sights set on becoming a corporate pilot and Flight Examiner.

Jacie Korenak was born on May 10, 1996. She’s from Sainte Genevieve, Missouri. Her intro into aviation was working at a chartering company in Cape Girardeau, MO. Jacie plans to graduate in May 2021. After graduation she hopes to become a CFI, gain hours and fly for Delta.

Jacob Fisher is from Vilonia. He was introduced to aviation attending a blue angels airshow as a child. He plans to graduate in the Fall of 2020 and apply for a commission in the Air Force. Jacob wants to become a Thunderbird.

Steven Kelley Jr. is from Magnet Cove.He got into aviation through Henderson State University and plans to graduate in December of 2019. After graduation he hopes to flight instruct at Henderson State until he reaches 1,000 hours.


Bobby Johnson was born and raised in Hope Arkansas. He plans to graduate in May of 2020 and continue flight instructing to build time. After reaching 1,000 hours he plans to work for Republic Airlines with a conditional job offer from them currently through their cadet program.

Andrew Gunther is a first year student at Ozarka College working the AAS program for a Commercial license. He is currently working toward his Private license. Andrew hopes to become a CFI and work at a school as an instructor to build hours.

Nathanael Thelen was born in Georgetown, Texas. He took a Discocvery flight there at age 16 and decided he wanted to fly for the rest of his life. Nathanael chose to go to Henderson State University to finish flight training. He plans to graduate in Fall of 2020, and hope to flight instruct while building hours toward his R-ATP. Long term, he would like to fly for a regional airline with an ultimate goal of flying for Southwest Airlines.

Jake Brannon was born on December 20th 2000 in Searcy AR. He got into aviation through a field trip to the airport in 5th grade. He plans to graduate in 2021 and become a CFI. Jake plans to eventually work as a Jump Pilot.

Dalton Sharp hails from Idabel, Oklahoma. He fell in love with the rich history and traditions of aviation while learning about the World War II Era - specifically the Supermarine Spitfire.


Dane Hilger was born in Pittsburg, KS. His introduction to aviation came from a family friend, Clarence Easley, in the summer of 2013 who took Dane up in his 1946 Piper J3 Cub. He took private lessons from him until his enrollment in Ozarka College's AAS-Commercial Pilot program. Currently working towards his private pilots licence, he plans to graduate in the Spring of 2021. After graduation he hopes to join Walmart's pilot internship program and eventually have a long-term career flying for a charter airline.

Cody Barbary was born and raised in Greenwood, Arkansas. He has always been drawn to aviation and dreamed of being a pilot since childhood. Cody is currently a Senior at Henderson State University where he serves as a Certified Flight Instructor. He is Alpha Eta Rho’s Chapter President at Henderson State, where he is pursuing a Professional Pilot degree - expecting to graduate in May of 2020. Cody plans to fly for a regional airline as he works toward his ultimate goal of flying for a major airline.

Zach White was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He was introduced to aviation by his father. Planning to graduate in May of 2020, Zach hopes to flight instruct at Henderson State University in order to gain hours necessary to earn his ATP Certificate.

 

meet the aahs 2018 hall of fame inductees

In 2018 the Arkansas Aviation Historical Society inducted four new members into the prestigiousArkansas Aviation Hall of Fame.

 
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Gwen Batie Blue

Gwen Ann Weaver was born on November 3, 1946, in Rogers, Arkansas.

Blue became a Private Pilot November 8, 1973. How ironic that on the same day 45 years later she would be inducted into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame! She continued building hours flying.


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Cornelius Robinson Coffey

Cornelius Robinson Coffey was the first African American to establish an aeronautical school in the United States. His school was also the only aviation program not affiliated with a university or college to become part of the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP).

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Ernest Ambort

Ernest Ambort was born on November 7, 1922, in Little Rock Arkansas. He enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program of the U.S. Army Air Force on September 17, 1942, and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. and awarded his pilot wings at Williams Field, Arizona, on January 7, 1944.

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Dr. Jerry Robinson

Dr. Jerry Robinson served as a missionary pilot in Brazil, as an instructor for Flight Safety, as a demo pilot for Cessna in the Cessna 441 and 425, and as the Flight Training Supervisor for Cessna Aircraft Company's Air Transport Department.


 
 

 

2017 hall OF FAME
INDUCTEES

IN 2017 the Arkansas Aviation Historical Society chose three worthy aviators to induct into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame.

 

Zane Anderson

Born in Warren, Arkansas in 1948, Zane has been an aviator his entire life. After teaching himself how to fly, Zane has served in multiple capacities: owner, operator, flight instructor, mechanic, Designated Pilot Examiner and mentor to many who desired a career in aviation.  Zane is rated in gliders and sea planes as well as hot air balloons. He has been the leading helicopter operator in the state since forming his company, Aerial Patrol, Inc. in 1983. He has flown for hospitals, TV stations, law enforcement and for over thirty years conducted powerlinepatrol and other hazardous operations for Entergy Arkansas. 

Harold Johnson

Born in Saline County in 1935, Harold served as Pilot and flight instructor from 1955 to 1965 when he joined Southern Airways as an airline pilot.  In 1972, while serving as copilot on a DC-9, his flight was hijacked and after thirty hours and multiple stops ended in Cuba.  Although Johnson was wounded by a hijacker, none the passengers were injured.  Harold was the founder of the Wings of Honor Museum in Walnut Ridge and has served as President to this day.

General William Smith

Born in Hot Springs, Arkansas in 1925, Smith flew combat missions in Korea - being wounded on his 97th mission.  Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Silver Star for gallantry, General Smith served as Chief of Staff Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers, Europe (SHAPE) and later Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. European Command. He died on January 19, 2016. His distinguished career is outlined here

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Each year we fund
college scholarships
encouraging young people
to pursue careers in aviation.
 

our 2017 scholarship winners

We Are Funding Dreams


2016
AAHS SCHOLARS

Kerrick Hartman is attending Henderson State University and pursuing a Professional Pilot Degree. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, he moved to Arkansas at age 4 and lives in Stuttgart, Arkansas. After developing a fascination with Ag Pilots as a young man, Kerrick fell in love with aviation. He hopes to become an ATP Pilot. 

Abigail Shackelford is originally from Smithville, Arkansas, where she lives with her family on a small farm. Currently attending Ozarka College with a major in Aviation Science, Abigail is pursuing an Associate’s of Science degree and her Private Pilot license. After graduation in December, she plans to transfer to The College of Missionary Aviation in Jacksonville, Florida, to train for a future as a missionary pilot, flying supplies to missionaries and charitable organizations in remote areas of the world.

Patrick Jimenez was born and raised in Russellville. He is a senior Aviation major at Henderson State University. Currently a private pilot with an instrument rating, he is working on his commercial license. Patrick serves as the Vice President for the Alpha Eta Rho, fraternity at HSU, and has an 18 month old son named Raiden.

Austin Nufer lives in in Russellville. Long story short, he's been tremendously influenced by Jim Stamps (a 2004 inductee into the Hall of Fame). When Austin learned about programs at Henderson State University offering a four year Professional Pilot Degree he knew that was the place for him. While attending Henderson State University he has gained his Private Pilot, and Instrument ratings. Austin plans to finish his Commercial License and work as a CFI.


 

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2018 AAHS scholarship winners

Jeremiah Coffer is currently attending Ozarka college, working towards an Associate in Science, professional Pilot Degree. Jeremiah plans to obtain his Private Pilot and instrument ratings and go on to pursue a Commercial License. His goal is to work at Ozarka College assisting as a A&P/IA with CFI CFII MEI in the Aviation Department. Jeremiah obtained an A&P through UACCB (Batesville, AR) / FSCJ (Jacksonville, FL)
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Brandon Muse is from Mountain View, AR. Brandon is currently working toward an Associate of Science - Professional Pilot degree, as well as an Associate of Applied Science - Commercial Pilot degree.  Brandon obtained his Private Pilot License in August of 2018 and is currently pursuing his Instrument Rating.  He plans to start the Commercial-Multi Program in Spring 2019.  He plans to earn a CFI to build his hours and eventually fly for Fed-Ex.
The David Paul Scholarship

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Simeon Sapp gained an interest in aviation thanks to his grandfather, who regularly took him flying. Simeon is a licensed private pilot close to receiving his instrument rating. He will graduate from Ozarka College in May 2019 with an A.A.S. Commercial Pilot degree and an A.S. Professional Pilot degree. Simeon plans to further pursue CFI and CFI - I certificates. He hopes to use his skills on the mission field, delivering medical supplies to remote locations around the world.
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Bobby Johnson was born and raised in Hope, Arkansas. He is currently a Jr. Aviation student at Henderson State University with a Private License working toward his instrument rating. Bobby hopes to fly internationally and see the world.
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Caleb Huett was born in Mountain Home, Arkansas. His love for aviation began as a hobby with drones and remote controlled craft. He is in his second year at Ozarka College, working toward an AAS degree in Aviation-Commercial Pilot. Caleb is currently working on his instrument rating, and plans to work toward his Commercial Pilot’s license and multi engine rating as well. He is slated to graduate from Ozarka in Spring 2019. His long term goal is to be an ATP and fly for a major airline. 
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Nathanael Thelen grew up in Briggs, Texas. He currently holds a private pilot certificate, and is working toward his instrument rating, commercial license, and ATP. Nathanael will graduate from Henderson State University in 2020 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Aviation. He plans to fly for a regional airline for several years and then consider major airlines or corporate aviation. He is a proud member of Alpha Eta Rho - Beta Beta fraternity. 
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Jake Fisher is from Vilonia, Arkansas. He has been fascinated with aircraft as long as he can remember. Jake grew up going to airshows and enjoys watching the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds perform. He is a Junior at Henderson State and plans to join the Air Force after graduation. 
The General William Y. Smith Memorial Scholarship

 
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Lexxy Scott became interested in aviation after skydiving with her father after graduating from High School in 2016. She graduated from Ozarka College in May 2018 with an AS - Professional Pilot degree and is currently pursing her Bachelor’s in Aviation as she works toward her Private Pilot’s license and Instrument Rating. She hopes to pursue a career in business aviation and perhaps even fly for the Blue Angels.
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Cody Barbry was born and raised in Greenwood, Arkansas. He has always been drawn to aviation and has dreamed of learning to fly since childhood. Currently a Junior at Henderson State University, Cody is an officer for Alpha Eta Rho. He is pursuing a Professional Pilot degree and hopes to someday fly for Delta Airlines.
The Air Methods Scholarship

 
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Cody Gault graduated from Ozarka College with an associate's degree in professional piloting. He is current going through Ozarka's AAS Aviation Commercial Pilot Program, working toward his instrument rating. Cody would like to fly for the Arkansas Forestry Commission and perhaps Fedex in the future.
Ozarka College Scholarship

 

2018 reception & ceremony

2017 HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY & RECEPTION

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