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Our NAA Awardee for 2023 is
Carol Ford 


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Cyrstal Eagle Awardee for 2022: Randy Howell 

38th Crystal Eagle Awards and Scholarship Dinner

Aero Club of Northern California Mission(s)

We embrace the goals of our parent organization in our efforts to support a vigorous aviation and space program for students at all levels of learning, and to recognize and honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of aviation and space flight.  


Learn more about our 2022 Crystal Eagle Awards Recipient Randy Howell and the Patriots Jet Team

 The Patriots Jet Team is a civilian aerobatic formation team that performs in air shows across the western United States of America. The team operates as a six-ship team, flying the Czech-built Aero L-39 Albatros. The Patriots are based in Byron, California.

Who We Are

The Aero Club of Northern California was formed to promote activities that advance aviation and aerospace in Northern California. 

We are an affiliate of the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the oldest national aviation organization in the United States. NAA is the record-keeper for United States aviation.

Membership Contact

Anita Farris 
Aero Club of Northern California 

Mailing address: 

Aero Club of Northern California

PO BOX 610234

San Jose, CA 95161-0234





 Celebrate the Aviation Achievements of
Crystal Eagle Awardee 
Randy Howell!


The Crystal Eagle Awards and Scholarship Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 12th, 2022, at the Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, at San Carlos Airport. The cocktail Reception starts at 6:00 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m.


Randy Howell will be honored with the 38th prestigious Crystal Eagle in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in aviation. Randy Howell is well known as the Founder and President of the Patriots Jet Team and has over 26,000 hours of flight time. His flight experience ranges from J-3 Cubs to Boeing 747s and includes foreign military jets. Randy has flown for United Airlines for 24 years, flying the DC-8, DC-10, B-727, B-737, and B-747. He is a Formula One Gold race pilot, flying an all-composite Grove GR-7 among others. Randy holds low-level formation aerobatic waivers in the MiG-17, L-39, and other military jets. Randy earned a B.S. Degree from the University of Florida in Aeronautical Engineering.

The Aero Club also will present the 2022 National Aeronautic Association Certificate award to Pat and Julie Belanger of The 111th Aerial Photography ( for their significant contributions to aviation. The business is Owned and Operated by Pat and Julie Belanger and daughter Niki Britton, which has provided the finest aerial photography and video in the Silicon Valley since 1994. They are known not only for their commercial aerial photography for their clients, but also for dramatic and beautiful stock imagery and for rare night aerial photography.


Scholarships will be awarded to several students enrolled in Northern California college and university aviation programs. Dinner ticket prices cover the cost of the event, so we rely upon contributions and Silent Auction bids to fund the scholarships.


The Aero Club first presented the Crystal Eagle Award in Dec 1982 ('82/'83) to legendary aviator Gen. Jimmy Doolittle. Among past recipients are Gen. Chuck Yeager, Stanley Hiller Jr., Jim Nissen, George Cooper, Jeana Yeager, James S. Ricklefs, Darryl Greenamyer, Clay Lacy, Paul Poberezny, Wayne Handley, Eileen Collins, Sean D. Tucker, Steve Fossett, Brian Shul, C.E. "Bud" Anderson, Julie Clark, Rod Machado, John and Martha King, and Barry Schiff.


Dinner tickets, including museum admission, are $150 for non-members. Reservations are due by November 5th, 2022. Reservations are required; tickets will not be sold at the door, and attendees can purchase tables reserved for 8 guests. You can further support the Aero Club and the Crystal Eagle Awards by becoming or renewing your Aero Club Membership and by choosing the following Event Sponsorships Opportunities are available: Bronze, Silver, Golden, and Crystal Eagle Level Sponsorships.


Come join us and help make it a night to remember!



Pam Svrdlin - President, Aero Club of Northern California
Michelle Tripp - Vice-President, Aero Club of Northern California



Can't attend this year's Crystal Eagle Awards? You can still make a difference even if you can't attend. For those who are unable to attend, donations in lieu of attendance to our ACNC Scholarship Program are greatly appreciated!