February 18, 2014 - Larry Lee Whitesitt, EAA 1088285, of Fairfield, Washington, was honored with the FAA's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award signifying 50 years of safe, violation-free flying - many as a bush pilot in Canada's Northwest Territory. Minard Thompson, FAASTeam program manager at the Spokane FSDO, presented the award at the Chapter 79 Christmas party held in December.
Larry, who at age 75 is current and still flies, has authored three books, including two recounting his bush flying experiences. The first recounts what he calls his all-time favorite airplane, Flight of the Red Beaver: A Yukon Bush Pilot Adventure. The second book is Northern Flight of Dreams: Flying Adventures in British Columbia, Yukon, NW Territories and Alaska. He also wrote Higher than Eagles: Spokane's World War II Pilots in tribute to the heroes of WWII.