Four Master Pilot Awards Presented in North Carolina EAA Chapter 1220
EAA Chapter 1220's FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilots include Marshall Hall, Roland Gilliam, Robert Kroll (received in 2005), Chuck Peterson, and Jack Kitchin.
June 20, 2012 - When a pilot receives the prestigious FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, it's a high honor recognizing a lifetime of safe flying. When four pilots - all from one EAA chapter - receive the award on the same day, that's nothing short of incredible. On June 16, four EAA Chapter 1220 pilots were so honored by receiving the award during a special ceremony held at Gilliam-McConnell Airfield in Carthage, North Carolina.
Pilots honored included chapter President Roland Gilliam, Marshall Hall, Charles (Chuck) Peterson, and Jack Kitchin. Also recognized was chapter member Robert Kroll, who received his award in 2005.
According to the FAA, the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award "recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years." FAASTeam Representative Bob Sutherlin of the Greensboro FSDO presented the awards.
Gilliam is owner of Gilliam/McConnell Airfield, started flying in 1958, and has more than 7,000 hours logged in 40 different type aircraft over 54 years.
Hall began flying in 1952 and flew in Vietnam as a tail gunner in a B-52, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross for his efforts. He's also an A&P/IA and has owned several aircraft including an Ercoupe, Cessna 170, and others in his 60 years of flying.
Peterson started flying in 1954 (58-year pilot) with the United States Air Force, with flight experience in the F-86, PA-18, T-6, T-28, T-33, and F-104, along with delta-wing aircraft. He later flew for United Airlines and at his retirement in 1995 was flying Boeing 757s and 767s. A pilot with the Milwaukee Air National Guard for many years, he now owns a V-tail Bonanza F-35 and is involved in building several light-sport aircraft, including an RV-12.
Kitchin received his private ticket in 1963 (50-year pilot) and worked as a corporate pilot from 1964-1980. Afterward and up to the present, Jack owned and flew Mooneys and other recreational aircraft. He presently flies his Mooney M20J.
Congratulations to these seasoned pilots, as well as to the chapter, for this grand accomplishment!