The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame’s (WAHF’s) mission includes recognizing individuals who have made Wisconsin aviation history. Every fall since 1986 the organization has conducted an induction ceremony as part of that recognition. So far, WAHF has saluted the accomplishments of more than 150 individuals. Questions as to who can place names into consideration, how inductees are selected and the schedule of the process are often asked. The following will answer those questions and more.
Making a nomination
Only current WAHF members may nominate an individual for inclusion into the hall of fame. Nomination packages are accepted any time throughout the year. Nomination guidelines and a cover sheet for the nomination package are available on the WAHF website. Nominations should include as much pertinent data as is available. A more complete and detailed nomination package results in a more accurate scoring of the nominee. Photos, news clippings, videos and additional letters of support are all part of a comprehensive nomination. Nominations received before December 1 will be considered during the year it was received.
A committee of WAHF member/supporters meet annually, typically in January to consider nominations. Only information contained in the nomination package is considered. The committee uses a selection matrix that has been developed over the years. Using the matrix the committee is able to provide consistent, objective consideration of each nomination package. Additional information may be submitted to a nomination at any time. Once accepted, all nomination packages are retained and considered annually.
The selection committee presents its list of inductees to the organization’s board during their January meeting. Following acceptance by the board and notification of the inductees, planning for the annual ceremony begins.
The ceremony is typically held in October of each year. Afternoon events include WAHF’s annual membership meeting, a meeting of the board of directors, and self-guided tours of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture Museum. The evening’s ceremony begins with a social hour and silent auction fundraiser. Funds from which are used in educational outreach programs conducted by WAHF. Dinner is followed by the induction ceremony and program. Inductee introductions include a multimedia presentation.
The 2023 inductees will be announced in a few weeks. More than 25 nomination packages await further consideration. They will be joined by new nominations between now and December 1.
Who has made a difference in Wisconsin aviation history? Who among those folks will you nominate for induction into the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame? We encourage you to begin the nomination process for that person today. The inductee pages on the WAHF website are a great place to begin.