make possible generous grants in educational funding
providing students in the State of Arkansas
an opportunity to pursue their dreams.










the 2018 air methods scholarship

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Quality emergency care doesn’t begin in the hospital emergency room – it begins at the scene of the accident or the moment a life-threatening illness strikes. Air Methods has a talented workforce of over 4,500 team members, which includes the best in the air medical industry. We are pilots, clinicians, mechanics, air communications specialists, support teams and many more. We’re ready to answer the call because we know someone’s life is on the line. We dedicate ourselves around the clock to maintain equipment and supplies, coordinate logistics and relentlessly provide the tools and expertise that allow us to give more tomorrows.

From the front lines to the phone lines, we believe our status as the industry leader – and the importance we place on our mission statement and core values – allow us to attract the highest level of talented professionals. More than 20% of our team members are U.S. veterans, active duty or in the reserves. Our comprehensive aviation, clinical and maintenance training is as robust as it is intense. And our continuous curriculum of learning and simulation-based training is unmatched in the industry. 

We are ready to save lives at every moment of every day, with over 300 bases of operations serving 48 states. In rural communities, that kind of reach of care is crucial. Emergency air medical transport and treatment is often the only access to lifesaving emergency care they have – providing access to millions of people who otherwise would not have been able to make it to a trauma center. 

We also operate eight maintenance centers of excellence throughout the nation and a national communications center. Although we call Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado, home, we are only a call away.



the general william y. smith
memorial scholarship

William Y. Smith was born in 1925, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he graduated from high school in 1943. He spent one year at Washington and Lee University, then entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He graduated in 1948, among the first academy graduates commissioned directly into the newly established Air Force. He received a master of public administration degree in 1954 and a doctorate in political economy and government in 1961, both from Harvard University. He completed Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in 1959 and National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C., in 1965.

His first assignment was training recruits at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Subsequently he went through flight training at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, and Williams Air Force Base, Arizona, receiving his pilot wings in September 1949. He then served as a pilot with the 20th Fighter-Bomber Group at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.

General Smith’s lifelong commitment to aviation
is a standard we are proud to honor.

The 2018 General William Y. Smith Scholarship is made possible by a generous contribution in his honor by his loving wife, Maria Petschek Smith. We are grateful for her continued support and commitment to the growth of aviation in the Natural State.

David A. Paul

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Each year, the Arkansas Aviation Historical Society receives scholarship funding from donors who provide scholarships in the amount of $3,000 for aspiring young aviators. This donor has chosen to remain anonymous, but has encouraged us to remind the public: funding dreams today is what drives the future of Aviation. We are a non-profit, and these donations are tax deductible. If you would like more information on Funding a Scholarship, Sponsoring our Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reception, or otherwise, here's HOW YOU CAN HELP.


David A. Paul

David A. Paul

the 2018 david a. paul scholarship

David was raised in Oklahoma City and has lived in Arkansas since 1989. A licensed pilot for 46 years, following college and a brief career in Mechanical Engineering, 2017 marks the 40th year of his continuing professional aviation career as a Flight Instructor and Corporate Pilot. David has served as Chief Pilot for ALLTEL and Westrock Aviation. This year a scholarship is being awarded in David's name as the Arkansas Aviation Historical Society continues the tradition of honoring those in our community who have been instrumental in growing General Aviation in the State of Arkansas in addition to their numerous contributions around the nation.

We thank you, David, for your lifelong commitment to aviation. We are pleased to honor you, once again, in 2018 with a Scholarship which will bear your name. 


Honored with a scholarship donation in his name by an anonymous local benefactor, David is thrilled to be part of the furtherance of Aviation Education in Arkansas through the efforts of The Arkansas Aviation Historical Society.






Presenting Sponsors









With a rich history at Adams Field (LIT) dating back to Central's designation as an Advanced War Pilot Training Center ahead of World War II, the Premier General Aviation Firm in the South is today a regional hub for the Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul of propeller driven and jet aircraft with full service Paint and Interior shops, Avionics, Level 3 NDT, an Airline Components Division specializing in weld repairs and sheet metal, Aircraft Sales, Charter, and the oldest, largest Flight School in the State of Arkansas boasting over 475,000 Flight Hours.

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Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is Arkansas’s largest commercial service airport, with nearly 2.2 million passengers annually. Also known as Adams Field, Little Rock’s airport hosts six airlines with dozen of daily departures and nonstop service to 16 cities. Visit us online at



The Arkansas Department of Aeronautics promotes aviation safety, encourages the establishment and planned expansion of airports to enhance economic development, and administers the State Airport Aid Program. We also help coordinate aviation planning efforts between local, state, and federal governments. Visit us online at







Reception Sponsors











Dassault Falcon jets are the most advanced business jets in the world -- designed and built in France and completed in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dassault Falcon Jet Corp., is a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, France. Dassault Falcon Jet markets and supports the Falcon family of business jets throughout North America and South America. Visit the Dassault Falcon website.



For 112 years we’ve been dedicated to working alongside local individuals and businesses in the communities we call home. We are a full service financial partner offering more products and services than ever before, from personal and business banking to a renowned low-rate credit card as well as investments, trust and insurance services. Come experience why more and more people choose Simmons Bank as their financial partner. Visit us online at



We are an aviation services provider focusing on traditional fixed base operation (FBO) services for all segments of aviation, including general aviation, military/government, and commercial air carriers. Our areas of expertise include ground handling, aircraft fueling, hangar development, cargo handling, and aircraft de-icing – all done with superior customer service. Visit us online at



Dillard's, Inc. ranks among the nation's largest fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishings retailers with annual sales exceeding $6.5 billion. The Company focuses on delivering style, service and value to its shoppers by offering compelling apparel, cosmetics and home selections complemented by exceptional customer care. Visit us online at



The Swiss Re Group is a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. Dealing directly and working through brokers, its global client base consists of insurance companies, mid-to-large-sized corporations and public sector clients.

From standard products to tailor-made coverage across all lines of business, Swiss Re deploys its capital strength, expertise and innovation power to enable the risk-taking upon which growth and progress depends.
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The Hatcher Agency goal is to provide Outrageous Service for all Individual and Group Insurance needs! Give us a try and you will see why "Our Attitude is the Difference!" Voted "Best Corporate Insurance Firm" in Arkansas Business Eleven Years in a Row. Best of Business, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Visit us online at


AAOA was incorporated as an Arkansas Nonprofit Corporation in 1985 “to serve the interests of the owners and operators of all airports in the State of Arkansas.”  Our purpose is to provide a network for the exchange of information and the transfer of experience gained among the members to help in the operation and management of airports.  Visit us online at



For over a century, Wright Lindsey Jennings has built a reputation for excellence in ability, service and professionalism as one of the premier law firms in Arkansas and the region. Our attorneys serve clients from both our main office in Little Rock and our Northwest Arkansas office in Rogers in a broad range of litigation and transactional practice areas. Visit us online at





Ace Sponsors







Aerial Patrol, Inc. was formed in 1983 to service the needs of the public utility industry and its supporting contractors. We have established and maintained strong working relationships with the state and region’s many electric utility, gas and pipeline companies. In the mid-south API is well-known and well-respected as a first-class helicopter operator.

Aerial Patrol is a member of the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce, AIPRO, Helicopter Association International, as well as other industry and professional organizations. Visit our website.




The Loomis Company’s Aviation Insurance Division has been serving the aviation community for 50 years. We focus exclusively on aviation exposures and provide the most suitable advice and insurance options available to the industry. Not only do our aviation specialists know insurance, but many are also active pilots themselves. This enables us to fully comprehend and analyze our customers’ exposures to develop solutions to meet the unique needs of these organizations. Our customers reap the benefits of our successful, long-standing relationships in the marketplace. With access to all major markets, at senior levels, our expertise and experience are put to good use when catering to the needs of our customers. Contact: Larry Mattiello, Director of Aviation Insurance. Phone: 917-969-1812 - Email: or Visit our website.



Lexicon offers a unique combination of capabilities. Our services include construction management, fabrication, erection, mechanical installation, and plant maintenance for heavy industrial, commercial, and roadway projects, as well as a full spectrum of golf course construction and management services.

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A nationwide General Aviation magazine since 2001. Publisher – Editor, Ralph McCormick, Fly-Low Publications. Ralph McCormick has been flying since 1982, having flown many different aircraft from a P-51 to a Taylorcraft. His favorite is his Zlin 526F, an excellent aerobatic plane built for the Soviet Union in the 80s for training. His love of flying and writing led him to create this publication in 2001.
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We are a full service FBO located in the heart of Central Arkansas.  We are pleased to offer our customers quality service and an FBO full of amenities that include Aviation Fuel, Flight Planning Center, Aircraft Parking (ramp or tie down), Hangar Storage/Rental, Passenger Terminal & Lounge & more.
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Hudson, Cisne & Co. LLP provides knowledgeable service that companies need in today’s business climate.  Through conscientious efforts and the ability to anticipate clients’ needs, such as the effects of forthcoming legislation and regulations, whether it be tax or financial reporting, Hudson, Cisne & Co. LLP has built and will maintain a solid foundation of client service. Visit us online at


Our philosophy is simple, one of partnership and dedication. We support our technicians with high-end products and extensive training to better serve our customers throughout the state. Visit us online at


The Conway Municipal Airport at Cantrell Field is situated on a 431-acre site in Southwest Conway, which is located 10 miles southwest of Conway’s city center, opened in September 2014. The airport is located 10.3 miles West of I-40, along U.S. Highway 60 (Dave Ward Drive) to Cantrell Field Drive in the City of Conway. More info.



Ozark Aerosports LLC provides basic aerobatic instruction, tail wheel endorsement training, and adventure and familiarization flights in various aircraft including the super decathlon, piper cub and Pitts S2B. Located in north central AR at Melbourne (42A), you can visit online for more information at:




With engineering services dating back to 1919, Garver has nearly a century of service in providing clients with consulting expertise. Garver has 18 offices in nine states, and our headquarters are based in North Little Rock, Arkansas. We provide services for transportation, aviation, water, energy, industrial, development, federal, survey, and construction management projects.
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The Propst Family - Black Rock


Richard & Betty Gulley



2017 sponsors


  • Air Methods

  • The David A. Paul Honorary Scholarship

  • Anonymous