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Shelly Simi to Receive the 2021 Brewer Trophy for Aerospace Education

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) announced that Shelly Simi has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Frank G. Brewer Trophy.

Simi is a founding board member of Women in Aviation International, an organization created to bring more young women into aviation through mentorships, educational outreach and scholarships.

Simi is a co-founder of the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education (NCASE) which began as a partnership with FAA and other organization to create a clearinghouse of resources for teachers. She helped create the national learn-to-fly program “Be a Pilot” where over 100 General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) members worked with other industry association groups to attract new pilots and reverse the trending decline in student starts.

“The Brewer Trophy represents the best in aviation education, and the fact that it resides in the nation’s premier educational institution, The Smithsonian, is evidence of that,” said NAA President Greg Principato. “Shelly throughout her career, in a variety of roles, has made the promotion of aviation education a high priority. Whether attracting and training new pilots, helping start Women in Aviation International and her participation in Girls in Aviation Day or a variety of other roles, Shelly’s passion and energy have left a lasting impact.”

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