Over his more than 30 years in the aviation industry, Robert Anthony Nolan of Virginia Beach, VA, has built significant experience as a test pilot and flight instructor. Also an inventor, the VA resident holds two patents as well as full Federal Aviation Administration certification (VFR and IFR) for the world’s first flying car/extreme off-road vehicle. Robert has driven his vehicle as fast as 152 miles per hour and flown up to the altitude of 28,840 feet. In acknowledgment of his perseverance over 13 years despite having been hospitalized 12 plus times, (one such time in July of 2007 a FAA certified mechanic performed his work incorrectly which resulted in a crash which broke Robert Nolan’s spine in 3 places and he had to learn to walk again) while testing this invention. Robert Nolan was honored in a speech by Congressman Trent Franks in Washington, D.C. inside the Congressional Building (Rayburn House Office Building).
Congressman Trent Franks has represented residents of his Arizona district since first winning election to the US House of Representatives in 2002. A self-described conservative and Reagan Republican, he has spent his career defending the rights of children and striving to improve national security. Prior to assuming his House seat, Congressman Franks served in the Arizona Legislature, where he sponsored multiple bills aimed at protecting children and families. His background also includes directing the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children, Youth, and Families and founding and heading a children- and family-focused nonprofit.
In terms of national security, Congressman Franks currently works to strengthen America’s defenses as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, chair of the Republican Study Committee’s National Security Working Group and as co-chair of both the Electromagnetic Pulse and Missile Defense Caucuses. A member of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, he also sits on several subcommittees, including ones that concentrate on children’s issues.