FSDO News April 2017

Bob Jenkins, a retired FAA Operations Safety Inspector recently was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for 50 active years in aviation. The presentation took place at the SC FSDO.

 

Jenkins started flying in 1963, became a flight instructor in 1973, a DPE in 1974 and served with the FAA from 1986-2009. He remains an active CFI and an A&P Mechanic. He currently flies his own Cessna 140.

 

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Jim Malek, a retired FAA Operations Safety Inspector recently was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for 50 active years in aviation. The presentation was at Tripe Tree Aerodrome on April 19th.

 

Malek started flying in March of 1963, in 1966 he entered the US Army and in 1967 he received his WINGS and flew the UH1 Huey Helicopter and was assigned to the Republic of Viet Nam. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross & Air Medal. After returning to the US, he was assigned a Helicopter Instructor Pilot at Hunter Army Air Field in Savannah, GA. additionally taught Private, Commercial & Instrument at Savannah Air Service. He departed active duty in 1970 and flew in the Reserve until 1986. From 1986-2004 he was employed with the FAA as an Operations Safety Inspector here in SC.

 

He continues to fly today with the SC Forestry Service and is involved with Triple Tree Aerodrome aviation events as a volunteer.

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The Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61.  This award is named after the Wright Brothers, the first US pilots, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft.

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