Last year a friend of mine, Al Ayotte, asked me to write a letter for him confirming his experience and qualification to receive the FAA's Master Pilot Award. I was honored to be asked to do so, and spent some time getting the wording just right. Al has been a mainstay here in the mid-Michigan aviation community, and finished his professional flying career as the chief pilot for Jackson National Life Insurance Company, managing a Gulfstream IV and a Hawker 800. In addition to being a pilot, Al is also an A&P mechanic, an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner and an all around really great guy. Heck, he even gave my wife her Private Pilot check ride and has always lent me a hand and kind word. I don't know how many hours Al has, or how many pilots he has certified, but I do know he did it all with cool calm and professional class, and many pilots are flying safely today because of Al. I made a video of the presentation, and as soon as I can get it downloaded I will post it for everyone to enjoy. In the meantime, if you know Al, send him some congratulations - this Master Pilot Award is recognition of over 50 years of accident free safe flying. Way to go Al! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!