The program will include the Flown West Tribute to members of the flying community who died in 2016, including Arnold Palmer, Bob Hoover and David Thatcher. The recent passing of Eugene A. Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, will be acknowledged, as well.
The organization will also welcome five new inductees at this year's event: Ray Conner, vice chairman of Boeing Company; Dr. Tom Enders, chief executive officer of Airbus Group; Elling Halvorson, founder and chairman of the board for Papillon Group; General Mark Welsh III, recently retired chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force; and Nick Popovich, an aviation repossession expert.
Numerous prizes, including one called the Harrison Ford Aviation Legacy Award, will be distributed at the gala. Ford, an aviation enthusiast and screen icon, is expected to attend the event.