L . Welch Pogue Award Dinner

Every year, Aviation Week & Space Technology, in partnership with the International Aviation Club of Washington present the L. Welch Pogue Award for Lifetime Achievement in Aviation to an individual who is considered to be “a visionary and a preeminent leader of contemporary aviation.”

The innovative founder of JetBlue, Dave Barger follows in a line of renowned aviation recipients
of the prestigious L. Welch Pogue award for his contributions to commercial aviation and for his humanitarian efforts.

-IAC President Tulinda Larsen

Renowned international airline executive and aviation safety advocate Dave Barger is this year’s recipient of the prestigious L. Welch Pogue Lifetime Achievement Award.

Barger joins a long line of preeminent Welch Pogue Award winners who have helped shape modern commercial air transportation. He will be honored at the Annual L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner in Washington, D.C., on June 22, 2016.

This year’s L. Welch Pogue Award Dinner will again be held at Jones Day, 51 Louisiana Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 22.


The L. Welch Pogue Award was first presented in 1994 to L. Welch Pogue, former chairman of the Civil Aviation Board and a US Delegate at the Chicago Convention, which created the legal blueprint for post-WWII expansion of commercial aviation. Past recipients include FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Peggy Gilligan, former IATA Director General Giovanni Bisignani, retired Southwest Airlines CEO Herb Kelleher and former US Civil Aeronautics Board Chairman Alfred E. Kahn.


The IAC of Washington DC brings together aviation professionals who support a common objective of fostering and promoting the maintenance and development of aircraft, airports, air navigation and air transportation, international agreements, cooperation and treaties.


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