Flight Design's Peghiny Honored by Aero Club
Tom Peghiny, left, receives the Aero Club award from Joe Gauthier.
May 15, 2008 — EAA member and light-sport aircraft pioneer, Tom Peghiny, president of Flight Design USA, was recognized for achievement in the light-sport and hang gliding field. The Aero Club of New England, the oldest aeronautical club in the Americas and the second oldest in the world, presented the award on May 9. The award recognizes those individuals from New England who have made significant contributions to aviation.
Joe Gauthier, a member of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council and recipient of the award in 2004, presented the honor "In recognition of your role as an industry leader in both hang glider and LSA design and safety innovation. As co-chairman of the ASTM's light-sport committee, Peghiny took on a major leadership role in the development of the light-sport aircraft industry.