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AAAA Provides Networking Opportunities

  • 2016 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit - 4/28-30
    * Networking Exhibit Center - Over 250 Army & Industry Exhibitors on the Floor!
    * Over 9000 Attendees Each Year
    * Warriors To the Workforce Hiring Event taking place for transitioning Army Aviation Soldiers
    * Visit the AAAA Community Booth!
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AAAA Recognizes Excellence

The 2016 Summit will recognize...
♦ 15 Outstanding Army Aviation Individuals and Units
♦ 3 New Members of the Army Aviation Hall of Fame will be Inducted
   * CW5 Edmund W. Hubard, III
   * COL Harvey E. Stewart
   * GEN James D. Thurman

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AAAA is Your Voice

At the 2016 Summit…
♦ Join thousands in the General Sessions to hear Leadership messages
♦ Stop by the AAAA Community Booth and let us know how we can make your membership experience even better!
♦ Follow us on Facebook, Twitter #16SUMMIT and LinkedIN
Army Aviation Congressional Caucus; The Military Coalition ; Senior Associates;
Check out ARMYAVIATIONmagazine.com

Supporting the soldier and family

AAAA Supports the U.S. Army Aviation Soldier and Family

  • At the 2016 Summit...
    Soldier Appreciation Dinner Concert featuring Kellie Pickler - Trace Adkins
    ♦ Soldier Cafe' provides Soldiers and their families with discounted meals and a place for rest, relaxation, and fun!
    ♦ Chapter Sponsored Soldiers will enjoy the Summit experience
    ♦ Spouse Professional Sessions are new this year!
    ♦ 3 cool spouse events are being offered - register now as they are filling up fast!

Army Aviation Hall of Fame 1976 Induction
(Inducted to represent the pre-1942 period)

William T. Piper, Sr., a Spanish-American War veteran and a WW I captain in the Corps of Engineers, was an early advocate of the use of light planes by the military services. In February, 1941, he proposed to the War Department that light planes be employed to "control troop movements, scout, patrol, drop bombs and torpedoes, ferry personnel, carry messages, and be used for blind flying training," the first proposal ever made that enumerated the many semi-military and non-military purposes to which Army light planes -and eventually helicopters - were later put.

Through his persistence, the War Department approved the trial use of light planes in large scale Army maneuvers in Tennessee in June, 1941 and in later maneuvers in Texas, Louisiana, and the Carolinas. At his own expense, Piper supplied eight new J-3 Cub airplanes equipped with radios, and a contingent of factory pilots and mechanics, a fleet later augmented by four aircraft from two other light plane manufacturers. This civilian fleet, operating through the trying days of the summer and fall of 1941, earned the respect of Lieutenant General Walter Kreuger and Major General Ennis P. Swift, as well as staff officers, Colonel Dwight D. Eisenhower and Major Mark Clark.

The flexibility and capability of the light planes were proven in the maneuvers, and the Army's after action reports called for their continued use. Their eventual adoption by the Field Artillery branch for aerial observation, and their successful use in WW II, confirmed the concept of organic Army Aviation as it is known today.

This panorama of acceptance and growth over four decades, is a tribute in great party to the foresight, determination, and leadership of William T. Piper, Sr., a true visionary who was convinced that small lightplanes could aid the defense forces of his country, and went to considerable lengths to prove it.