AOPA President Phil Boyer was the keynote speaker last week during the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award ceremonies at the FAA safety center and TV production studios at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.
The ceremony honored six senior Florida aviators - all of whom have maintained their medical currency and have been actively flying for at least 50 years.
Honored were Dean Davis of Crystal River, who first soloed a Piper Cub in 1948; Victory Ingram of Citra, who soloed in 1941 in an Aeronca KCA; Dr. William Lowery, Jr. of Winter Haven, who soloed a Piper Cub in 1947; Joan Mace of Fort Myers and Sophia Payton of Clearwater, who both soloed Piper Cubs in 1944; and Joe Poole of Jacksonville, whose first flight lesson was December 7, 1941.
Boyer presented each pilot a certificate signed by FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and a special lapel pin identifying their special achievement. Each individual's name will be inscribed in the Roll of Honor at FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
December 22, 2004