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
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