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Author Topic: 2014 Dave Checkley Award at the KTAI in Florida  (Read 1583 times)
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« on: January 27, 2015, 07:29 PM »

Not sure if this has been mentioned but I feel it deserves to be said loud and proud.

This years Dave Checkley Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to someone that IMO is more than worthy of receiving and also very well deserved.

Mark Reed of Prism Kite Technology is this years recipient of Kiting's most prestigious award.

I know many of you will be very proud to share my congratulations to someone who not only is a great person and friend, but has contributed so much to our community.

Way to go Mark!

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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2015, 11:00 PM »

Mark has been a positive part of many aspects of kiting:

design

manufacturing

sponsor

pilot and trickster

photographer

He's done it all.
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2015, 07:25 AM »

Congratulations to Mark on what I'm sure is a deserved award. But, excuse my ignorance....Who is Dave Checkley, and what is the Dave Checkley award?
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2015, 11:54 AM »

Congratulations to Mark on what I'm sure is a deserved award. But, excuse my ignorance....Who is Dave Checkley, and what is the Dave Checkley award?

From the Kite Trade Association website;

Having worked extensively throughout Asia, David started to lead tours for kite fliers in the 1980s, first to Japan, then later to China. For many, this was their first exposure to ethnic kites. Among his kite tourists was actress Gloria Stuart (Titanic, Best Actress nomination), a lifelong fan of kites. In 1980, The Checkleys almost-single-handedly hosted the third American Kitefliers Association Convention in Seattle, Washington. In 1995 David was named to the World Kite Museum in Long Beachís Hall of Fame for his international goodwill through his kite tours to the Orient, and his collection of Asian kites is the cornerstone of the Museumís collection.
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2015, 03:20 PM »

Mark has been a positive part of many aspects of kiting: [...]


Yes, and airplanes builder too !  Wink

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