On June 4, 2019 at the 10th Annual Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Western-Pacific Region Airports Conference, the Herman C. Bliss Airports Partnership Award was presented jointly to the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Inyo County.
The award was granted in recognition of the important partnership developed between the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Inyo County to cooperatively develop their respective airports and to develop a regional solution to the aviation needs of California’s Eastern Sierra Region.
Town of Mammoth Lakes Public Works Director, Grady Dutton accepted the award on behalf of the Town. He thanked Mr. Bliss, who presented the award and Mr. Mark A. McClardy the Director of the Western-Pacific Region, stating that, “It has been a long-time goal of both agencies to realize a vision of cooperation in the region and we are honored to receive this prestigious award.”
The Herman C. Bliss Airports Partnership Award was created in 2005 to recognize the service of long-time FAA Western-Pacific Region Airport Division Manager Mr. Herman C. Bliss. The 2019 award included three nominees from the West-Pacific Region.
Mr. Dutton worked with Mr. Bliss in the mid-90s when Mr. Dutton was the Senior Director, Public Works for the Port of San Diego/San Diego International Airport Lindbergh Field.
This prestigious award is presented to an airport, a consultant, a state or local government employee or organization that has provided unparalleled leadership and accomplished the most noteworthy/important achievement in at least one of the following areas:
• Developed and/or implemented specific programs or activities resulting in enhanced airport/ aviation safety;
• Performed outstanding and/or unique accomplishments, directly linked to airport/aviation safety, or in support of airports programs;
• Developed/implemented other noteworthy accomplishments that have provided substantial benefit to aviation within the Western Region.
The Western-Pacific Region includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The FAA presents three annual awards for Airport Safety, Airport of the Year and the Herman C. Bliss Partnership Award.