Monthly Archives: November 2013


GalaXVII013Flight Path photo by Ron Williams
Rowena Ake was presented Flight Path’s Guiding Light Award at the museum’s Gala XVII fundraiser on October 10, 2013, recognizing her long service as museum president and her tireless promotion of its educational mission in the community.  She is pictured above at the Gala receiving the third annual award from Clay Lacy, CEO of Clay Lacy Aviation,  longtime Flight Path scholarship donor and  previous Guiding Light honoree.
The Guiding Light Award award is represented by one of the yellow and blue taxiway lamps which guide aircraft at LAX from runway to terminal.  Honorees are nominated and selected by the community based Flight Path Board of Directors, a group of active and retired aviation and airport professionals.
Ake is a longtime resident of the Westchester community north of LAX, where she has long been active in business and community organizations.  She previously was honored as  25th Senate District Woman of Distinction and with the Boy Scouts’ coveted Silver Beaver Award.  She is past president of the Westchester Rotary Club and the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce.”We are very fortunate to have Rowena as our strong advocate in the community,” said Morrey Plotkin, Flight Path chairman emeritus.  “She has helped generate vital support for our educational programs, including scholarships for deserving aviation students and participation in our flight simulator training classes.”


Flight Path has announced its operating schedule for the coming Holiday Season. The museum’s regular operating hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, in the LAX Imperial Terminal.
During the Holiday Season, in addition to regular Sunday and Monday closures, the museum will close Thursday and Friday, November 28-29 (Thanksgiving); Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24-25 (Christmas Eve and Day); and Wednesday, January 1 (New Year’s Day).
Flight Path returns to its regular operating schedule on Thursday, January 2, 2014, according to Flight Path President Rowena Ake.”Thanks to our dedicated staff and volunteers, we are able to be open most days during the Holiday Season, including the Saturday after Thanksgiving,” said Ake.  “This is a wonderful opportunity for students on school break and their parents to enjoy our many aviation exhibits.”


Major contributors to the Southern California aviation and airport community will be honored in a beautiful new display area in the Westchester business district north of Los Angeles International Airport.  Flight Path is working in cooperation with Drollinger Properties to create the site in the Ralphs shopping center on Sepulveda Boulevard where names of honorees will be inscribed.
The Flight Path Board of Directors has unanimously approved the first three Honorary Service Awards, according to Rowena Ake, Flight Path president.  They are the Bob Hope Hollywood USO at LAX, the late Howard B. Drollinger and the late David Tallichet.
A tribute ceremony will take place when the new display area is completed in early 2014.”Our criterion for this recognition,” explained Ake, “is that each honoree has provided significant contributions or services for the advancement of the Southern California airport community.”
The Bob Hope Hollywood USO at LAX has for many years welcomed military service personnel enroute to or from their assignments. The USO staff provides information, recreation and other assistance for these men and women, many of whom are unfamiliar with LAX and the Los Angeles area.
Howard B. Drollinger operated a property management firm in the LAX area.  He was a key developer of Westchester’s upgraded Sepulveda Boulevard “gateway” to the airport, including shopping, parking and other amenities of benefit to travelers and area residents.  Mr. Drollinger was a faithful supporter of Flight Path and the preservation of Southern California’s aviation heritage.
David Tallichet was owner-operator of a group of restaurants, including the iconic Proud Bird adjacent to the LAX south runway complex. Under Mr. Tallichet’s direction, the Proud Bird became a showcase of aviation history, including replicas and models of significant aircraft on the grounds plus a large collection of aviation photos and other memorabilia inside the restaurant.  Mr. Tallichet also was a strong supporter of Flight Path and its educational mission.
The Honorary Service Awards are a supplement to Flight Path’s exisiting Aviation Walk of Fame on Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester.  The 51 bronze plaques on the Aviation Walk of Fame honor aviation pioneers and innovators, many with a connection to Southern California.