The Federal Aviation Administration recently honored Tyler Vance of Robert with the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.
The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is issued by the FAA under Title14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61. It honors pilots with at least 50+ years flight experience for their professionalism, safety, skill and aviation expertise. It is one of the highest awards granted by the FAA.
Vance will have his name added to the FAA’s “Aviation Safety Role of Honor” maintained at FAA Headquarters Building in Washington, D.C. which includes approximately 5,500 pilots nationwide.
Vance’s flying career spans 53 years, since his first solo flight in 1968 at age 18. He has logged more than 38,000 accident free hours, including service with the U.S. Navy and 32 years of world wide airline flying. He retired in 2009 as a senior captain with American Airlines.
The award is named after brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright—the designers, builders and pilots of the world’s first powered airplane in 1903.