Monthly Newsletter

May 2024 Newsletter


The Professional Pilots Association’s next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 1st 2024 at the main Lane Aviation hangar in the middle of the John Glenn Columbus International Airport, Columbus, Ohio. Click here for a map


Our guest is Marilyn Walton, prolific author, editor and documentarian. Ms. Walton will speak about her work on various projects such as a researcher and script consultant for Tom Hanks/Stephen Spielberg’s recent “Masters of the Air” miniseries.


At the February meeting, Rick Buergel announced he’d discussed the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award with a rep from the FAA. There are several members that meet the requirements and we discussed having anyone eligible get their applications in and have a group award ceremony at a meeting.  We will also honor those who have already received the award. We’ll plan the September meeting to give folks time to get the application completed.

From the FAA website to determine if you are eligible: 


To be eligible for the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a U.S. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot certificate.
  • Have 50 or more years of civil and military piloting experience or 50 or more years combined experience in both piloting and aircraft operations.
    • Up to 20 years of the required 50 years may be U.S. military experience.
    • The effective start date for the 50 years is the date of the nominee’s first solo flight or military equivalent.
    • The 50 years may be computed consecutively or non-consecutively.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Have NOT had any airman certificate revoked.

To Apply

Follow application procedures located in the current Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award Information Guide. (PDF)

PPA Name Badge. If you ordered a PPA member name badge you can pick it up at this meeting from Treasurer Shawn Bauer.

Request: Please contact me or any of the Trustees with suggested speakers and topics for future meetings.  You can call one of us or send a message: CLICK HERE


Each PPA member is encouraged to make reservations as early as practicable to help us obtain an accurate estimate of attendance. Please make your reservation not later than noon, Monday, April 30th. This meeting is not sponsored. There will be a $20 registration fee collected at the door to cover the meal and PPA expenses. The meal is ordered based on the number of reservations so we ask that members reimburse the Association for a non-cancellation. Cancel not later than Tuesday at noon or you will be charged for the meal.

Make your reservations:
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6:00 p.m. Social
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Presentation

See you on May 1st, 2024

Mike Ponzani

President, Professional Pilots Association
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