Babbitt to Receive Engen Award for Aviation Excellence

Randy Babbitt at AirVenture in 2009. Photo by Kim Stevens.
Randy Babbitt at AirVenture in 2009. Photo by Kim Stevens.

The Aero Club of Washington will present its prestigious Donald D. Engen Aero Club Trophy for Aviation Excellence to Captain J. Randolph (Randy) Babbitt in November.

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).

“No matter which hat Randy has worn during his impressive career, he has always been a leader who focuses on moving flight safety and modernization forward – while staying positive and fostering an atmosphere of collaboration and a spirit of goodwill within in our industry,” said Clay McConnell, Aero Club of Washington President. “Captain Babbitt’s multiple and sustained contributions to the aviation industry exemplify the criteria established for the Engen Trophy, and his career achievement embodies the excellence, tenacity and fascination with flight that lie at the heart of this Award.”

The Award will be presented at the Aero Club of Washington’s November 14, 2017 luncheon at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. This luncheon also will feature the Honorable Michael P. Huerta, FAA Administrator, as the keynote speaker.  For luncheon information and reservations, visit