Craig Sincock to Receive Highest Honor at Living Legends of Aviation Awards
Sincock built Avfuel into the world’s leading supplier of aviation fuel and services.
Beverly Hills / Dec. 9, 2021 / Aviation News — Craig Sincock, Avfuel Corporation’s owner, president and CEO, is to receive the 2022 Kenn Ricci Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award at the 19th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards.
The award is the highest honor given at the Jan. 21, 2022, ceremony, marking the highlight of the evening.
When Sincock, a passionate aviator with a keen sense of business, acquired Avfuel 37 years ago, he sought to disrupt and reinvent the aviation fuel supply chain. His tenacity drove Avfuel’s evolution from a regional fuel distributor into the leading global supplier of aviation fuel and comprehensive services, offering everything from refueling equipment and comprehensive training programs, to aviation insurance and sustainability solutions.
Sincock has dedicated his career to shaping and supporting the aviation industry—as such, he was instrumental in reimagining the role of fuel distributors. Competitor counterparts soon followed his business model and the industry was forever changed.
Under Sincock’s leadership and entrepreneurial vision, the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company quickly grew on a global scale. Avfuel now conducts business in 149 countries and serves more than 5,500 flight departments with 3,000+ global fueling locations, including 650+ Avfuel-branded FBOs. Today, Avfuel supports all aviation sectors, including FBOs, airports, corporate operators and helicopters, airlines, cargo/freight and the military.
Sincock views his business as a vehicle to serve the community through philanthropic initiatives, including health research, medical-flight and aviation-education institutions, veteran organizations, and aviation scholarships. Sincock is an ATP pilot who frequently flies Avfuel’s aircraft.
Mr. Sincock will also be inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation.
The 19th “Living Legends of Aviation Awards” is Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The event honors those who have made significant contributions to aviation/aerospace.
Other Honorees include Marc Parent, CEO of CAE Inc, a Canadian manufacturer of simulation technologies, will receive the “Aviation Industry Leader of the Year Award.”
Bernd Breiter, founder and CEO of BigCityBeats radio station and recording label, will receive the “Wings of Help Award.” He will also be announcing with Matthias Maurer, an astronaut at the International Space Station, the “Space Club Kitchen.” It will be the largest “global dinner table” in mankind’s history and will be launched in February 2022 on the International Space Station.
Lon and Brenda Halvorson, children of the late Elling Halvorson, will receive the “Elling Halvorson Vertical Flight Hall of Fame Award.” Elling “Flew West” April 16, 2020, and both Lon and Brenda have been involved in the Elling Halvorson family dynasty since they were young. Both children will also be inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation.
In addition to Sincock and the Halvorsons, other people being inducted as Living Legends of Aviation include:
Gregg Williams, owner of Williams International, a company that develops, manufactures and supports gas turbine engines.
Robert Dewar, engineer and designer of the C series at Bombardier before the sale and moved to Airbus, now known as the Airbus A220.
Greg Evans, Chairman of the Board of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc, the oldest company in the corporate flight planning industry.
HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman, a Saudi prince and former Royal Saudi Air Force pilot. He is the first member of a royal family to fly in space, as well as the youngest person ever to fly on the Space Shuttle. Prince Sultan is also a Special Advisor to the King and Chairman of the King Salman Foundation.
The evening will also feature a few surprises as well as special musical guests.
As is their tradition, the Legends will also pay tribute to eight Legends who have “Flown West” since the Legends last gathering. They include Elling Halvorson, Joe Clark, Zoe Dell Nutter, Tracy Forrest, Chuck Yeager, Emily Howell Warner, Bill Luckett, and James Raisbeck.
The “Living Legends of Aviation” are remarkable people of extraordinary accomplishment in aviation and aerospace; they include entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, astronauts, record breakers, pilots who have become celebrities and celebrities who have become pilots. More than 100 men and women from across the world are among their ranks. Legendary actor John Travolta is the “Official Ambassador of Aviation.”
The “Living Legends of Aviation Awards” are produced by the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, a 501-c-3 non-profit organization. Kiddie Hawk’s mission is to give children 4-7 their first flight lesson. Visit Livinglegendsofaviation.org for more information.