The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced that industry veteran and former association board chair Don Baldwin will receive the 2021 John P. “Jack” Doswell Award during the organization’s 2021 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), set for Oct. 12-14 in Las Vegas, NV.
The award will be presented on Oct. 14 during the NBAA-BACE National Safety Forum.
Baldwin is a lifelong safety advocate with more than 30 years’ experience in supporting business aviation flight operations, introducing groundbreaking standards and best practices. He is President and co-founder of Baldwin Safety & Compliance, which he founded in 2004 to provide safety management and support programs to all sizes of flight departments and transportation organizations.
Baldwin began his career at Texaco in 1974 as a copilot and retired from the company as manager of aviation transport services. He then joined The Coca-Cola Co. as director of corporate aviation. In both roles, he led the teams that developed policies, standard operating procedures and organizational redesigns.
While Baldwin was at Texaco, the company received one of the first NBAA 50-Year Safe Flying awards, and Baldwin personally received the “Top Gun” award for his pioneering approach to business aviation safety.
Baldwin has served on many industry boards and committees, including the NetJets Advisory Board, FAA FOARQ Committee, Signature Flight Support Advisory Board and Embraer Advisory Board.
Business & Commercial Aviation magazine recognized Baldwin with its “Visionary Award” for his participation on the FAA Fractional Ownership Aviation Rulemaking Committee that shaped the safety of Part 91 Subpart(K) operations. He also earned numerous awards, having flown more than 9,000 hours of accident- and incident-free flying.
Baldwin is a graduate of Wilmington College and the Darden School at the University of Virginia. He was awarded certification in aviation safety and security through the University of Southern California-Viterbi School of Engineering program in 2010.
“NBAA is pleased to honor Don Baldwin with the Doswell Award for the pivotal role he has played in business aviation safety,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.
Established in 1987, the Doswell Award is granted for lifelong individual achievement on behalf of and in support of the aims, goals and objectives of business aviation. It is named in honor of Jack P. “Jack” Doswell, whose gifts inspired a high standard of involvement in the business aviation community. Read more about the award.
NBAA-BACE is business aviation’s most important annual event, where participants have an unequaled opportunity to view the latest business aircraft, products, technology, and services the industry offers. Held this year at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) and Henderson Executive Airport (HND), the event offers a premier networking venue, dozens of educational sessions and more.