May 1, 2002
The Franklin R. Buchanan Annual Memorial Award for the highest individual score by a University of Louisiana at Monroe student in the NIFA (National Intercollegiate Flying Association) SAFECON competition will be presented today, May 1, to Bryan Hoppen of Bogalusa, LA. Mrs. Shirley Buchanan will present the award at Monroe Municipal Airport at 11:30 a.m.
The competition took place in March at Waco, Texas with eight teams participating. Hoppen placed eighth for top pilot of the 90 competitors and fifth in the navigation event. Frank and Shirley Buchanan of West Monroe have been supporters of ULM and the Flying Tomahawks since Buchanon retired from the Marine Corps and returned to Monroe to run the Airport Restaurant. Frank passed away in 1998.