January 16, 2014 - David Taisch, EAA 9001328, of Tavares, Florida, was presented with the FAA's prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award on January 11 at the Florida Mooney Lunch Group meeting hosted by EAA Chapter 534 at the chapter hangar on Leesburg International Airport.
Soloing at age 16 and passing his checkride at age 17, Taisch has more than 50 years of flying experience totaling 6,400 flight hours in 37 different aircraft. He currently owns and flies a Mooney M-20M Ovation and a Lake amphibian and is active in the EAA Young Eagles program. He's also involved in Angel Flight, having flown 116 missions.
Taisch also founded the Florida Mooney Lunch Group, which celebrated its 10th anniversary at the January meeting. Members are Mooney pilots who fly to different airports around the state for lunch. Taisch and his wife, Ruth, were both recognized by the group for their efforts on behalf of the club over the past decade.
The Wright Master Pilot Award was presented by Rock Rockcastle, of the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam), recognizing those pilots who have demonstrated excellence in flight safety. That's defined as 50 years of accident-free flying and no certificate revocations.
About 70 people attended the lunch and award ceremony, several flying into Leesburg in their Mooneys.