FAA/FS-I-8700-2 (Rev. 2)
July 18, 2014
· Describes the award,
· Describes the eligibility requirements,
· Explains how to submit an nomination, and
· Explains the selection process of candidates for the award.
· Hold a U.S. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot certificate.
· Have 50 or more years of civil and military flying experience.
o Up to 20 years of the required 50 years may be U.S. military experience.
o The effective start date for the 50 years is the date of the nominee’s first solo flight or military equivalent.
o The 50 years may be computed consecutively or non-consecutively.
· Be a U.S. citizen.
· Have NOT had any airman certificate revoked. Revocation of any airman certificate will disqualify a nominee for this award.
· A completed Wright Brothers MPA Nomination Form
o The Wright Brothers MPA Nomination Form is attached to this document and can be found in electronic form at https://www.FAASafety.gov/content/MasterPilot/ .
· Nominee’s flying history
o Can be a detailed description, resume, or company records.
· Three (3) letters of recommendation
o Must be from holders of FAA pilot certificates who can attest to the nominee’s 50 years or more of U.S. piloting experience. See sample letter attached to this document.
Additional notes on nomination acceptance:
· A current flight review or medical certificate is not required at the time of nomination.
· Prior accident history will be reviewed and can be disqualifying if the nominee was at fault.
· Prior enforcement actions (excluding revocation) are not necessarily disqualifying but, will be disqualifying if they show that the nominee lacks a dedication to safe flight or professionalism.
· The award may be presented to a nominee up to 3 years posthumously if the nominee has acquired 50 years of U.S. piloting experience prior to passing away.
· There is no limit on the number of awards that can be presented each year.
· Nominations will take a minimum of 60 days to be accepted.
Roll of Honor – The nominee’s name, city and state of residence plus the month and year of the Master Pilot Award presentation will be posted to the electronic Roll of Honor after the award has been presented. The Roll of Honor can be found at https://www.FAASafety.gov/content/MasterPilot/RecipientList.aspx .
Sample Letter of Recommendation
(Nearest FAA FSDO or FAASTeam Program Manager Address)
Attn: (FSDO Manager or FAASTeam Program Manager)
I have known (Nominee’s name) for (number of years known) years and highly recommend him/her for the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. I have known him/her to always operate aircraft in a safe and professional manner, be of good moral character and an outstanding individual who is respected in the aviation community.
My knowledge and association with the nominee consists of (state your affiliation with the nominee, i.e., work associate, personal business, friendship, etc...)
I hold a pilot certificate number (certificate number)____
(Best contact Phone number)