FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

Dating back to 1962, 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.

To be eligible for the Wright Brothers MPA, candidates must:

  • 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 certificate with:
    • 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.

For more information about eligibility and to nominate a fellow pilot, click here to download the submission forms.

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NAFI Congratulates all those that have received The FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, and would like to recognize the NAFI members who have received this distinguished award!

NAFI Member Recipients of the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award:

Raymond E. Heyde NAFI#225610

Raymond Heyde MPA

Raymond Heyde MPA

William Diaz Jr. NAFI#215692

William Diaz MPAWilliam Diaz MPA

William G. Girard NAFI#215592

William Girard NAFI Wright Brothers award

William Girard MPA

Ronald Shintaku NAFI#3801

Ronald Shintaku Master Pilot Award

Mike Windom NAFI#12404

Mike Windom MPA

Jeff Abrams NAFI#224124

Leo R. Berube NAFI#19840

David W. Sullivan NAFI#216713

Joseph C. Baginski NAFI#219703

John L. Keller NAFI#221116

NAFI Chairman Emeritus 
Kenneth E. Hoffman NAFI#

Ken Hoffman Chairman Emeritus

Charles H. Bowser NAFI#215395

Edwin J. Brown NAFI#27695

Brown MPABrown MPA







Mike Alakszay NAFI#4137


James R. Powers NAFI#25848







Wallace J. Moran NAFI#14064

moran mpa

Lloyd Probst NAFI#7222

Richard Calarco NAFI#210120

For a complete list of recipients of the Master Pilot Award, please click here to go to the FAA Dedicated website.