PEACHTREE CITY, GA. (Jan. 22, 2024) – Stan Musick, chief pilot for the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Airbase Georgia, has received the Master Pilot award from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Al Van Lengen, Principal Operations Inspector assigned to the Atlanta Flight Standards Office (FSDO), presented the award at Airbase Georgia.
The Wright Brothers’ Master Pilot Award is widely considered the most prestigious award the FAA presents to pilots, specifically recognizing senior aviators who, as safety-minded professionals, have contributed more than 50 years to piloting aircraft. It is named after brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright, the designers, builders and pilots of the world’s first powered airplane.
Musick, of Locust Grove, Ga., received a certificate, gold lapel pin and an official copy of his airman records as maintained by the Airmen Records & Certification branch in Oklahoma City, Okla. His name will be recorded in the Aviation Safety Roll of Honor at the FAA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
He soloed March 1973 in a Piper Tri-Pacer out of Tahoka, Texas, and received his FAA Private Pilot Certificate on June 29, 1973. He added an instrument rating on June 24, 1975, and received his Commercial Pilot Certificate on July 23, 1975. Musick also has ratings for multi-engine commercial, rotorcraft-helicopter, sea rating -single engine, glider aero tow, DC-B26, BE-300, airline transport pilot and various experimental aircraft.
He is certified as a single-engine and multi-engine flight instructor, glider flight instructor, instrument flight instructor and is rated for small, unmanned aircraft systems. He was recently appointed as a designated pilot examiner conducting checkrides for various ratings, and he is an Airman Medical Examiner. He became an A&P mechanic in 1991.
Musick currently flies for Columbia Basin Helicopters as a SEAT (single-engine air tanker) pilot flying low-level fires, and he is a contract pilot for Musick Aircraft Corp.