Monday, May 22, 2017

Hampton, Hunterdon County, New Jersey: Man wins Master Pilot Award from Federal Aviation Administration

Joel Turpin of Hampton was given the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award by the Federal Aviation Administration in a ceremony at the Lehigh Valley International Airport late last month.

The award is only given to those few pilots who have flown continuously for 50 years accident and violation free. Turpin began his flying career when he took his first flying lesson in 1966 as a junior in high school while growing up in St.Louis, Missouri.

He later became the youngest flight instructors in the St. Louis area when he earned his license to teach flying as a 19 year old college student. Turpin went on to fly for United Airlines for nearly 29 years, retiring as a Boeing 767 Captain in 2014 with over 27,000 hours in his pilot log book.

Joel currently flies a turboprop airplane for two different corporations in the local area. He also teaches instrument flying and writes technical articles for 3 different flying magazines. Joel is married to Isabell Turpin, his wife of 19 years. Isabell is a United Airlines flight attendant. They met on a Boeing 737 when they flew together as a crew in 1997.   

Original article can be foundhere: http://www.nj.com

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