Awardees and Presenters

Inspiration Award Winner

“This is another great example of how aviation can benefit communities, even for those who don’t fly. The Endeavor Awards celebrates volunteerism and people who make a difference, yet don’t always get the recognition they deserve.” — Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger

Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, Author, Speaker, Consultant

Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety his entire adult life. While best known for serving as Captain during the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sullenberger is a safety expert, speaker, author, and consultant. He is the founder and CEO of Safety Reliability Methods, Inc., a company dedicated to management, safety, performance and reliability consulting. He currently serves on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee for Automation in Transportation.

Born in Denison, Texas, Sullenberger pursued his childhood love of aviation, learning to fly at 16. Upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy, he served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, then was an airline pilot, instructor, and accident investigator until his retirement in March 2010.

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Endeavor Award Winners

Jeff Bennett, Volunteer Pilot, Big Pine Key, FL
Nominee's VPO: Pilots N Paws
Number of years as pilot: 21
Length of public benefit flying service: 9 years
Volunteer flights completed: 250
Nominated by: Kate Quinn of Pilots N Paws
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Lt. Col. Dick Stoops, US Army, Ret., Volunteer Pilot, Versailles, KY
Number of years as pilot: 52
Length of public benefit flying service: Over 25 years
Volunteer flights completed: 132
Nominated by: Karen Wilson of Remote Area Medical
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Endeavor 1000 Award

Steve Danz, Volunteer Pilot and former Angel Flight West Board Member

Steve Danz is receiving a special award for flying 1000 missions for the first time in Angel Flight West (AFW) history.

Mr. Danz is the Senior Partner and Chief Trial Attorney for Danz & Associates, one of California’s leading and largest employment law firms. Mr. Danz has been a licensed pilot since 1974 and a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight West since August 2000. Steve has flown over 1,000 flights for Angel Flight West, including purchasing commercial tickets when AFW us unable to match a pilot with a patient in need.

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Amelia Earhart, Pilot, TV News Anchor, and Speaker

Named by the Jaycees as one of our country's “Top Ten Young Americans”, Amelia Rose Earhart recreated and symbolically completed the 1937 global fight of her namesake, Amelia Mary Earhart. Her 28,000 mile flight around the world in a single engine aircraft became a symbol of determination, courage and empowerment for anyone who has ever decided to seek new horizons.

Amelia is the president of the Fly With Amelia Foundation, a non-profit aviation charity providing flight training scholarships to young women. She can be seen each morning on Denver’s NBC affiliate, KUSA-TV reporting on breaking news, traffic and STEM Education and is an active member of the Board of Directors at Wings Over the Rockies, Colorado’s Official Air and Space Museum. You can learn more about Amelia at


Garrett Reisman
Scott Kelly
Steve Lindsey

Congratulations to all the volunteer pilots who were nominated for the 2017 Endeavor Awards. We hope you will continue to inspire others! Click here to read more about all our nominees.