Washington, D.C. – The next Aero Club luncheon will take place on Tuesday, November 14, and will feature FAA Administrator Michael Huerta who will deliver his farewell speech to the Washington, DC aviation community. Administrator Huerta was sworn into his role by Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at the Club’s luncheon on January 23, 2013.

In addition to Administrator Huerta’s address, the Club will present its own Donald D. Engen Trophy for Aviation Excellence to Randy Babbitt. Capt. Babbitt’s dedication to the aviation industry spans over a half-century, during which he worked as a commercial airline pilot, led the United States’ principal airline pilots’ union, founded a leading aviation consulting firm, headed labor relations for a major airline, and served in the U.S. Government in several capacities, including as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Southwest Airlines has graciously donated two sets of airline tickets and a model aircraft, all of which will be raffled at the luncheon to benefit the Aero Club Foundation.

As an industry cornerstone, the Aero Club of Washington is dedicated to providing a forum for discussion of aviation and aerospace issues and achievements. Hosting hundreds of national and international aerospace leaders at its monthly luncheon meetings over the years, the Aero Club has fostered and promoted interest in the principles and development of aeronautics since 1909.