Since 1964, the Tony Jannus Award has recognized extraordinary accomplishments in the field of commercial aviation. Given annually by the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society, the award perpetuates the legacy of the world’s first scheduled commercial airline, initiated and piloted by Tony Jannus on January 1, 1914 between St. Petersburg and Tampa, Florida.
Your support of the Annual Tony Jannus Award program is critical to the Society’s success in achieving its three purposes:
To perpetuate the legacy of the world’s first scheduled commercial airline, piloted by pioneer aviator Tony Jannus.
To promote and provide financial support to students enrolled in college level courses leading to a degree in fields related to potential careers in commercial aviation at colleges and universities.
To encourage the interest of high school students throughout the State of Florida in scheduled commercial aviation and in Tony Jannus’ history-making role in the inception of this world-wide industry. To do this we annually sponsor an essay contest.