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PRA board member and DAR Tommy Milton honored

The 2017 Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame banquet and
induction ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. May 25 at
the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign.
Candidates are inducted into the Illinois Aviation Hall of
Fame based on their service to the aviation community in
Illinois on a long-term basis. This year’s inductees
include Marshall F. Knox, Cynthia Madsen, Thomas
Lloyd Thomas and Steve and Tina Thomas. Two
Illinois organizations are being awarded the Spirit of Flight
Award for their service: AeroStar Consulting Corporation
in Chicago and Challenger Learning Center in Normal.
Congratulations to our awardees and inductees.

Thomas Milton
Tom Milton did more than just bring aviation into the
classroom. He got kids excited about aviation by setting
up a full-time high school aviation classroom in a hangar
in Chicago. A pilot, aviation mechanic and educator, he
taught aircraft mechanics at the Chicago Vocational
High School. He spent a great deal of his own time
upgrading the World War II era hangar into a modern
classroom, taking students to fly-ins and arranging
introductory flights. Milton was active in the Homewood
Flossmoor Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, teaching
Cadet’s Pilot Ground School and becoming Deputy
Commander of Cadets.
Milton is known locally and nationally for his dedication
to gyroplane safety and education through his work as
a Technical Inspector for the EAA and his affiliation with
the Popular Rotorcraft Association, where he has served
as both an officer and director of his local chapter and
at the national level.
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