June 21, 2016 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Benefiting youth access to aviation, science, math, and technology education.

The Intrepid Pioneer Luncheon honoring Kirk Hawkins scheduled for June 21, 2016, has been cancelled.   Please check back later for any updates regarding rescheduling of this event.

ICON A5 in flight

ICON A5 cockpit

About the Stanley Hiller Jr. Intrepid Pioneer Award

Stanley Hiller Jr.

Innovation, risk-taking, and inspiration were the hallmarks of a young Stanley Hiller Jr. when in 1943, at the age of 18, he not only built and flew a helicopter but started his own helicopter manufacturing company.


Imaginative engineering defined the Hiller Aircraft Company during its 20-year existence. Stanley Hiller Jr. secured his place in the history of flight as a bold pioneer and an important contributor to the development of our nation’s aviation capabilities. Hiller’s later career as a “turnaround” expert and fixer of troubled corporations further extended his entrepreneurial spirit and deepened his legacy as an energetic man of vision.

The Stanley Hiller Jr. Intrepid Pioneer Award is presented by the Hiller Aviation Museum to an outstanding citizen for significant and inspiring achievement in which the recipient exemplifies a pioneering spirit and a willingness to accept challenges and risk, while boldly envisioning new possibilities in the fields of aviation, aerospace, science, or business.

Past Awardees:
Burt Rutan
Reid Dennis
Pitch Johnson

Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information and to register contact:
Rebecca Duran
VP of Development
(650) 654-0200 x 203
Email: duran@hiller.org

Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Rd.
San Carlos, CA 94070


Kirk Hawkins
CEO & Founder,
ICON Aircraft

Kirk Hawkins and his team have brought recreational flying to the forefront by conceptualizing, building, and bringing to market the ICON A5, an amphibious two-seat light-sport aircraft.

With both aviation and aerospace engineering experience in his early career, Hawkins is an accomplished engineer and authority in the aviation field. As an Air Force pilot, he flew F-16s, and his service included two tours in Iraq. Hawkins also flew 767s for American Airlines and was once Director of Engineering at aerospace contractor Task Industrial, leading production teams that supplied hardware for Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines. He’s also a seaplane instructor pilot with hundreds of hours bush flying in Alaska.

For more than 25 years, Hawkins has been an avid sports and recreational flying enthusiast. He grew up racing motocross and now enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, and SCUBA diving. He has built and flown numerous ultralight and experimental aircraft and has logged roughly 1,000 skydives.

Grateful for the mentors in his life, Hawkins is also a devoted supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Hawkins earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University. He also holds a Master’s in Engineering (specializing in manufacturing) from Stanford University, as well as a Master’s in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.