The man who oversees more than a half dozen research aircraft and their crews at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton Va., is the 2005 professional aviation manager of the year according to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
Workers at NASA Langley recommended their boss, Howard Lewis, for the honor. The winner is selected from all federal aviation agencies.
Image to right: Howard Lewis. Credit: NASA
"My people submitted me. I didn't know anything about it," said Lewis, the head of NASA Langley's Flight Research Services Directorate for the last two years. "I'm extremely honored and appreciative that my people nominated me for this award."
The aviation manager will receive his award in a ceremony at the American Institute of Architects Building in Washington, D.C., Sept. 21.
The GSA sponsors the Federal Aviation Awards every year to honor the safest and most effective and efficient federal aviation programs. In nominating Lewis for the Federal Aviation Professional Award in the managerial/official category, NASA Langley pilots, engineers and others wrote "Mr. Lewis brought a career worth of knowledge of aircraft, maintenance, safety, flight research and test operations to a NASA organization with over 70 years of heritage in flight research."
Howard Lewis came to NASA Langley in 2004 after retiring from the U.S. Air Force following 30 years of service. Among other assignments Lewis was the vice commander of the 412th Test Wing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., where he led the largest, most diverse test unit in the Air Force. He is also an experienced test pilot who has flown dozens of different aircraft.
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