Note: Click on each Award heading to see Award Criterion and a list of the historical Awardees.
A. AAMS Service Awards
These first three awards are for lifetime service or achievement of major importance, and thus merit over the long term; the immediate past year or even few years are considered in the record but are not decisive.
Aerophilatelic Hall of Fame
To honor men and women who have contributed significantly to the accumulation of aerophilatelic knowledge, to interest and participation in aerophilately, or rendered outstanding service to national or international headquarters of the American Philatelic Society in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.
Awarded for major achievements in aerophilatelic research.
A major award for outstanding aerophilatelic research. This award recognizes outstanding achievements in aerophilatelic research that serving as definitive or foundation works in aerophilately. Recognized research may be either original research bringing significant new facts or conclusions to light or secondary research bringing multiple resources together into comprehensive works of significant importance to aerophilatelists, as evidenced by articles, monographs, books, catalogues or other publications and exhibits.
The award is international in scope and is not restricted to members of AAMS.
Presented in honor of the late Walter J. Conrath, who contributed unselfishly to the growth and welfare of the American Air Mail Society, to a member who has rendered outstanding service to the Society.
B. AAMS Literature Awards
These three awards are for the best aerophilatelic literature published in the prior calendar year
Given annually to the best overall aerophilatelic catalog, book, monograph, or pamphlet published in the previous year. AAMS publications are not eligible for this award.
Presented in honor of the late L. B. (Bart) Gatchell, long time editor of the American Air Mail Catalogue and Airpost Journal, to recognize the literary efforts of members whose articles appear in the Airpost Journal. It is awarded to the best article, series, or regular feature published in the prior year. A serialized article is eligible for consideration after all parts have been published.
Presented in honor of the late Frank H. Blumenthal, long time editor of the Airpost Journal (1972-1989), to recognize the literary efforts of members whose articles appear in the Airpost Journal. It is awarded to the best short artilc (maximium three pages) published in the Airpost Journal in the prior year. First presented in 2014 for CY 2013.
C. Other AAMS Awards
Presented by the President of AAMS, at his/her sole discretion, in recognition of services to the American Air Mail Society.
At the sole discretion and option of the AAMS President, a President’s Award may be given to any member deemed to merit special recognition.
Presented in recognition of special services to the American Air Mail Society or to aerophilately as recommended by the Awards Committee with concurrence by the Board of Directors.
D. Discontinued Awards
Presented in honor of the late Earl and Fred Wellman, founder and successor sustaining force of the Jack Knight Collectors Club and Aerophilatelic Federation of the Americas (AFA), to recognize the literary effort of members whose articles appear in The Jack Knight Air Log. The award is for the article, series, or regular feature promoting or encouraging aerophilately in the prior year. Publication of the Jack Knight Air Log was discontinued in 2012 along with this award.
In memory of this AAMS co-founder who, for almost four decades, rendered outstanding and unselfish service to the hobby of aerophilately and to the American Air Mail Society, this award is presented to a person who has rendered outstanding service to aerophilately. The award is not restricted to members of the American Air Mail Society.
This award was discontinued in 2012 as its criteria essentially duplicate those of the Aerophilatelic Hall of Fame.