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Gala Celebrates Museum’s 10th Birthday

The Flight Path Museum celebrates its 10th birthday in the LAX Imperial Terminal with a festive Gala benefit “open house” on October 10.   The Gala’s “birthday party” theme will showcase Flight Path’s progress as a learning center and museum since first opening in October 2003.
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This is Flight Path’s 17th annual fundraising Gala, the events having started several years before the museum opened.The Gala, scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m., will feature an international buffet, wide selection of beverages, musical interludes and airport tours, according to Event Chair Lynne Adelman of the Flight Path board of directors.  More than 300 guests are expected.
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A highlight of the evening will be presentation of the museum’s annual Guiding Light Award to Rowena Ake in tribute to her long service as Flight Path president and board chair and her work in building community support for the museum’s educational mission.
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Rowena Ake, Flight Path president and board chair, will receive the museum’s annual Guiding Light Award at this year’s Gala fundraiser in tribute to her long service building support for the museum in the community.  She is pictured presenting a previous Guiding Light Award to Clay Lacy, CEO of Clay Lacy Aviation and a major Flight Path scholarship donor.  The award replicates a blue taxiway lamp that guides aircraft at LAX from runway to terminal.

“The museum has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors in the past decade“ said Adelman. “The Gala will celebrate this important milestone as well as salute those organizations and individuals who have made it all possible.“

Emphasizing Flight Path’s educational mission, each Gala also features presentation of the Clay Lacy and Charles “Pete” Conrad scholarships to students planning careers in aviation. Competitive selections are made by aviation professionals.

Guests will have an opportunity view aviation memorabilia and flight simulators in the museum and vintage and contemporary aircraft on the tarmac.  A silent auction and raffle will feature a variety of prizes, ranging from air travel to select wines.

Gala reservations at $75 per person are available by calling (424) 646-7284.  Opportunities are available for table sponsorships. Those sponsoring tables or    donating prizes will receive special recognition at the event.

SPEAKER TO RECALL CONTINENTAL AIRLINES ‘GLORY YEARS’

Clayton John250The Flight Path Speaker Series continues on September 24 at 10 a.m., featuring John Clayton, former public relations director for Continental Airlines. Clayton’s program, “Continental Airlines: The Glory Years,” will recall the days when Continental  was  headquartered at LAX and was known as “the proud bird with the golden tail.” Continental now is merged with United Airlines.Since retiring from Continental,  Clayton, a South Bay resident, has worked locally in both television and radio broadcasting. He assisted Flight Path during a plaque dedication ceremony earlier this year, providing commentary on the life and achievements of one of the honorees, the late Robert Six, head of Continental Airlines during Clayton’s tenure there.

During his September 24 presentation, Clayton also will recall the years when the Continental hangar at LAX was the destination of Air Force One as the President arrived at the airport.  Clayton was responsible for coordinating news media accommodations for the Presidential arrival and for many other VIP arrivals at the hangar.

“All are welcome but we especially invite Continental Airlines retirees to come and enjoy this program,” said Flight Path President Rowena Ake. “This is a wonderful way to remember the days when flying was carefree and even glamorous.”

Flight Path Board Names 2013 Officers

Rowena Ake of Westchester was re-elected president and board chair of Flight Path for 2013 during a meeting of the nonprofit organization’s board of directors. Flight Path operates an aviation museum and learning center in the Imperial Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

Ake has served as Flight Path president since 1999. A resident of the Westchester-Playa del Rey area since 1952, she is past president of the Westchester Rotary Club and the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce. Ake is a charter member of the Westchester Vitalization Corp. and holds the coveted Silver Beaver Award for her extensive volunteer service to Boy Scouts of America. Ake was proprietor of a local dry cleaning business for 40 years and more recently has worked as a real estate broker.

The Flight Path Board elected Nancy Niles to the new position of president-elect, designating her to succeed Ake next year. Niles, a resident of Pacific Palisades, previously served as corporate secretary and as airport community relations director.

The board re-elected Robert Acherman of Torrance, Ethel L. Pattison of Manhattan Beach and Vincent Migliazzo of Westchester as vice-presidents, John Garstka of Westchester as chief financial officer, and Jo Ann Hudspeth of Playa del Rey as treasurer. Robert Smith of Hawthorne was named to succeed Niles as corporate secretary. Seymour Kahn of Playa del Rey, retiring after many years on the board, was appointed to the honorary Flight Path Advisory Board.

Flight Path is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call (424) 646-7284 or continue your visit here on our website.

NEW FLIGHT PATH PLAQUES HONOR AVIATION LUMINARIES

Kevin P. Chilton

Kevin P. Chilton

Iris Cumming Critchell

Iris Cumming Critchell

Robert Prescott

Robert Prescott

Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson

Burt Rutan

Burt Rutan

Robert Six

Robert Six

Six new plaques for the aviation “walk of fame” on Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester were dedicated recently at the Flight Path Museum in the LAX Imperial Terminal. Each honoree is credited with a significant contribution to the advancement of aviation.

Honored at the ceremony and luncheon were Gen. Kevin P. Chilton (USAF-ret.), NASA astronaut and former head of the U.S. Strategic Command; Iris Cummings Critchell, aviation educator and World War II Woman Air Force Service Pilot (WASP); the late Robert W. Prescott, founder of the all-cargo Flying Tiger Line; Frank Robinson, pioneer helicopter designer and manufacturer; Burt Rutan, aircraft and spacecraft designer; and the late Robert Six, airline industry innovator and visionary. General Chilton was featured speaker at the event.

Honorees were selected by the board of directors of Flight Path, a locally based nonprofit organization which operates the museum in cooperation with the airport’s Community Relations office. Addition of the new plaques brings the total to 51 since the program began, according to Flight Path President Rowena Ake. The new plaques are to be installed in the sidewalk on Sepulveda Boulevard in the Westchester business district north of LAX.  Lori Keir of the Flight Path board and John Ruhlen of  the Westchester Streetscape Improvement Association are coordinating the project.

The plaque project began in 1995 with ceremonies in Westchester. Dignitaries present included Flight Path’s honorary chairman, Maj. Gen. Charles E. Yeager, the first pilot to break the sound barrier. Presiding was Morrey Plotkin, longtime community leader, who originated the aviation walk of fame concept and garnered support for the project.

Speaker Series Continues

Flight Path’s Speaker Series, so well received in 2011 and previous years, will continue in 2013 with a schedule of new programs.  Speaker Series programs are open to the public. Admission and parking are free.

Flight Path Museum Board Elects 2012 Officers

Rowena Ake of Westchester was re-elected president and board chair of Flight Path during a recent meeting of the nonprofit organization’s board of directors. Flight Path operates an aviation museum and learning center in the Imperial Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

Ake has served as Flight Path president since 1999. A resident of the Westchester-Playa del Rey area since 1952, she is past president of the Westchester Rotary Club and the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce. Ake is a charter member of the Westchester Vitalization Corp. and holds the coveted Silver Beaver Award for her extensive volunteer service to Boy Scouts of America. Ake was proprietor of a local dry cleaning business for 40 years and more recently has worked as a real estate broker.

The Flight Path Board also re-elected Ethel L. Pattison of Manhattan Beach and Vincent Migliazzo of Westchester as vice-presidents, John Garstka of Westchester as chief financial officer, Jo Ann Hudspeth of Playa del Rey as treasurer, and Nancy Niles of Pacific Palisades as corporate secretary. Robert Acherman of Torrance was elected to fill a new Board position, vice president of electronic communications.
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“Inspiration” Award Goes to Chairman Emeritus

Flight Path Chairman Emeritus Morrey Plotkin has been honored by the Westchester Playa Village (WPV) with its first ever Inspirational Senior Award.  WPV provides services to help local seniors remain in their homes.

Plotkin, who is 95 years old, serves as chairman of WPV’s fund committee and has long been active in Westchester community organizations.  He was a founder and longtime board chairman and president of Flight Path and remains a generous supporter of the learning center’s activities, according to Rowena Ake, Flight Path’s current president.

“Morrey has a special talent for motivating individuals and organizations to work together,” said Ake. “The result has been many worthwhile projects of lasting benefit to the community. Flight Path was launched and first came to public attention through Morrey’s leadership in establishing the Flight Path ‘Walk of Fame’ in the Westchester business district with sidewalk plaques saluting aviation and aerospace pioneers.”

The Inspirational Senior Award was presented to Plotkin by WPV Executive Director Linda Berri and Field Representative Nate Kaplan during a ceremony at the Westchester Family YMCA. The criteria for the award include being an outstanding senior residing in WPV’s service area and providing inspirational leadership.

Said Berri, “Morrey has always been one to reach out and has always been dedicated to making Westchester a better place to live, work and play.”

date 2-20-2012