“MASTER PILOT AWARD”
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
General Aviation and Commercial Division
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recognizes the efforts of
pilots who have followed and continue to follow the precaution and awareness
of safe flight operations. Most of all, the FAA recognizes pilots who have
contributed and maintained safe flight operations for 50 or more consecutive
years of piloting aircraft.
Therefore, the FAA has a program to recognize those pilots who have
50 or more consecutive years of safe flight operations: the Wright Brothers
Master Pilot Award Program. Originally issued on August 11, 2003, we have
revised this information guide by updating the award’s eligibility
requirements, as indicated within.
This information guide:
Describes the award
Describes the eligibility requirements to qualify for the
Explains how to submit an application
Explains the selection process of candidates for the award
John S. Duncan
and Commercial Division
BROTHERS MASTER PILOT AWARD PROGRAM
1. PURPOSE. The Federal Aviation Administration’s
(FAA) Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award Program (MPA) recognizes pilots who
have conducted 50 or more consecutive years of safe flight operations. This
Describes the award,
Describes the eligibility requirements,
Explains how to submit an application, and
Explains the selection process of candidates for the award.
2. BACKGROUND. Similar pilot awards (such as the
Golden Eagle Award) have been presented by various FAA Flight Standards
District Offices (FSDO). These awards have been issued to recognize local
pilots who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for
at least 50 years as active pilots. The Wright Brothers MPA consolidates
these local awards into one national program.
The award will be in the form of an FAA award
certificate and lapel pin. A smaller version of the pin will be awarded to
the spouse, if appropriate. In addition,
with the recipient’s name,
city, and state will be published
To be eligible for the Wright Brothers MPA, candidates
Have 50 years of U.S. piloting experience. The effective start date
for the award is the date of the applicant’s first solo flight or military
equivalent. A current flight review or medical certificate is not required
at the time of nomination.
Have held a U.S. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or FAA pilot
50 or more years of civil flying experience, or
50 or more years of civil and military flying experience, of
which up to 20 years may be U.S. military experience.
Have been a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident, during the 50 years
of US piloting experience; however, consideration for exceptions may be
given on a case-by-case basis.
Revocation of any airman certificate will disqualify a
nominee for this award.
Prior accident history will be reviewed and considered on
a case-by-case basis.
Prior enforcement actions (excluding revocation) are not
necessarily disqualifying, but will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The award may be presented to a nominee up to 2 years
posthumously if the nominee has acquired 50 years of U.S. piloting
experience prior to passing away.
5. SUBMISSION. To be eligible for the Wright Brothers
MPA, the applicant, or anyone on behalf of the applicant, must submit the
following information to their local FSDO or FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam)
program manager (FPM)
Three letters of recommendation from holders of FAA pilot
certificates who can attest to the applicant’s 50 years or more of U.S.
Photocopies or proper documentation describing the kind of
certificate(s) held by the applicant, including, if available, the original
issue date(s) of the certificate(s).
A detailed description, resume, or summary of the applicant’s
A completed Wright Brothers MPA Application Form. (The Wright
Brothers MPA Application Form can be obtained from
http://FAASafety.gov, or as attached to this document as Appendix A.)
6. PROCESS. An FPM will notify the FSDO manager(s)
that a Wright Brothers MPA application has been received, and will inquire
about the applicant’s eligibility. Applications received by an FSDO will be
forwarded to the appropriate FPM. The regional FAASTeam Manager will be the
final authority for approval of the applicant. Additional information, or an
interview by the FPM, may be necessary to verify a nominee’s qualifications.
The regional FAASTeam will order the nationally approved MPA standard
certificate, plaque, and pin from the National Resource Center (NRC), or as
directed by the NRC. When possible, the award should be presented at an FAA
or industry event.
BROTHERS MASTER PILOT AWARD APPLICATION FORM
Nominee’s Full Name
3) Telephone No.(s)
4) Grade of pilot certificate and
5) Pilot certificate No.(s)
6) Date of issue of current pilot
7) Date of original solo/student
pilot certificate (if civil trained)
8) Date of original solo or
designation as a military pilot
9) Aircraft soloed in
10) Place (and training organization
if applicable) where initially soloed:
11) Beginning and ending dates
(month and year) for the 50-year pilot experience period to be considered
for this award:
12) U.S. citizen for the entire
50-year period? Yes ____ No ____ If no, explain on back.
13) Has the nominee ever been
assessed a civil penalty for a pilot or flight violation of 14 CFR? Yes
_______ No _______ If yes, provide details on the back of this application.
14) Has the nominee ever had an
aviation accident? Yes _______ No_______ If yes, provide details on the back
of this application.
15) To help establish a period of
50 years of continuous pilot experience, please attach an aviation resume or
a summary of the nominee’s flying activity covering the award period.
16) Three letters of recommendation
from certificated pilots. Attached? Yes ____ No _____
the nomination package to your local FAA Flight Standards District Office or
Team program manager