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    ILLINOIS AVIATION HALL OF FAME
    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 yearís inductees
    include Marshall F. Knox, Cynthia Madsen, Thomas
    Milton,
    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
    Cadetís 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.
    Tom Milton, PRA Director, Need a DAR, Seat tank, Prerotator, Rotor Brake, or Rotor Tach?
    Have Airworthiness Certification questions?
    gyroplanes@aol.com or
    Visit www.calumetair.com

  • #2
    Congratulations Tom!!!
    P.S.:
    I took Mother Goose for a "REAL" ride in the Dominator last year, He said, "I did not know a gyro could be so much fun!"
    David McCutchen
    615-390-2228
    Bensen B7m, 90 hp Mac
    Dominator Tandem, 100 hp Hirth
    Kolb Mark III Classic, 80 hp Verner
    Certified - Advanced Master Beef Producer
    EAA Member #0511805
    PRA Member #28866
    PRA Chapter 16 Member
    Secretary & Treasure - PRA Chapter 16
    President / Sylvia - Yellow Creek Volunteer Fire Dept.
    Chairmen - Dickson County Veteran's Day Committee
    Volunteer - Dickson County Airport Aviation Day Committee
    2 busy 2 No!

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    • #3
      Congratulations Tom. Thank you for your help.

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      • #4
        Congratulations Tom!
        I am proud to know you!
        Regards, Vance Breese Gyroplane CFI http://www.breeseaircraft.com/

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        • #5
          Dang I was beginning to wonder if you were ever going to announce the great news!!
          Beside talking to you about it, I got several emails and a phone call asking to spread the good news. I told them all to please wait for Tommy!

          Way to go Bro. Hard to think of a more deserving, still in the trenches working, gyronut!

          Thank you Tommy for all you do for the PRA and our community, you truly make the world a better place!!!

          U=ROCK!!!
          Resistance is futile…… You will be compiled!
          Cheers,
          John Rountree

          PRA- Director
          PRA- Volunteer Coordinator

          PRA31 - Vice President of S.D. Rotorcraft Club
          http://www.Pra31.org

          U.S. Agent for Aviomania Aircraft... the most stable gyroplane on the market today.
          See: Aviomania USA http://www.AviomaniaUSA.com

          OEM Dealer for MGL Avionics - glass cockpit EFIS for Experimental aircraft Ask about DISCOUNTS for PRA MEMBERS

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          • #6
            Congrats Tom! I wish we lived closer... I met you once at Mentone I believe. This is great news, and I applaud the great work you have done and are doing.

            Cheers,
            Brian Jackson

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            • #7
              Congratulations Tom. You have been my gyro hero for a long time and the public honor is long over due.
              I remember reading of your good work with gyros and helping gyro pilots down through the years in PRA Flying magazine.
              Marion

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              • #8
                Congratulations Mr. Tom

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                • #9
                  Tom Milton has one of my original mentors when I got into gyroplanes. Still is today. Always a helpful man and good person. I am better for knowing him. Congratulations Tom!
                  The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.

                  People who are crazy enough to think that they can change
                  the world, are the ones who do.

                  For people thatís never tried to do something remarkable,
                  anyone that can do something remarkable is a freakÖ
                  to be scorned and shunned.

                  The difference between the impossible and the possible is the
                  measure of a manís will.

                  Itís easy to have all the answers;... after the fact or while
                  your ass is planted in your lazy-boy, and you
                  won't be the one responsible for the consequences.

                  Genius is not just how much you know.....
                  Genius is what you can do with what you know.

                  Personal insults are the preferred language of
                  people that are helpless in face of intelligent debate.

                  I would rather fight and drowned in blood, than
                  to concede and live in $hit.

                  Good designers borrow ideas from others....
                  Great designers steel them outright.

                  In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies,
                  but the silence of our friends

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                  • #10
                    Congrats Tom!! You have always been Da Man!!
                    Thanks for all you do.

                    Barry K
                    BarryK

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                    • #11
                      I received many members wishing to spread the good news.
                      So I've posed it on our Home page right after getting on our mailing list button. Click the link there and you go here: http://www.pra.org/default.aspx?p=TomMiltonHonored
                      I agree with Barry... You have always been there for us and you are Da Man!!
                      Congrats again Bro!!!!
                      Resistance is futile…… You will be compiled!
                      Cheers,
                      John Rountree

                      PRA- Director
                      PRA- Volunteer Coordinator

                      PRA31 - Vice President of S.D. Rotorcraft Club
                      http://www.Pra31.org

                      U.S. Agent for Aviomania Aircraft... the most stable gyroplane on the market today.
                      See: Aviomania USA http://www.AviomaniaUSA.com

                      OEM Dealer for MGL Avionics - glass cockpit EFIS for Experimental aircraft Ask about DISCOUNTS for PRA MEMBERS

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                      • #12
                        Thank you all for the kind words. The induction is 9 days away. I was asked to make a Powerpoint presentation of my career and hobbies in aviation. for presentation at the banquet. I never thought the task would be so difficult. Looking at the hundreds of photographs I have taken over the years has brought back many memories. I have to keep the presentation to around 10 minutes, but I managed to get in a good plug for the PRA. If I ever get a chance, I'll put together a Powerpoint presentation of the PRA and its conventions since 1974. I will be accepting Laurels and Hardy handshakes at Mentone. :-))
                        Tom Milton, PRA Director, Need a DAR, Seat tank, Prerotator, Rotor Brake, or Rotor Tach?
                        Have Airworthiness Certification questions?
                        gyroplanes@aol.com or
                        Visit www.calumetair.com

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                        • #13
                          Hope to see you there and congratulations.
                          PRA member 41204
                          PRA Chapter 16

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