Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Federal Aviation Administration honors Bob Hoff for 50 years of safe flying

Bob Hoff
An Idaho Falls man has received a unique distinction from the Federal Aviation Administration for more than a half-century of safe flying.

Bob Hoff, owner of the Idaho Falls-based aviation company Aero Mark, was honored with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award by the FAA at an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association event June 23 in Missoula, Mont.

The award, which the FAA refers to as its most prestigious award for certified pilots, recognizes “professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as ‘Master Pilots,’” the FAA website said.

About 1,500 people attending the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association event’s pancake breakfast saw Hoff receive the award “during a surprise presentation that his family of four pilot generations helped orchestrate,” an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association news article said.

“Bob gives so much to aviation and shares so much that it’s fun to see him get the well-deserved recognition,” AOPA President Mark Baker said in the article. “He’s a special guy from a special family.”

In 2015, Hoff’s parents, former Civil Air Patrol Lts. John “Mark” Hoff and his wife, Onita Hoff, were posthumously honored with the Congressional Gold Medal for their work with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. The award is one of the nation’s highest civilian honors. Hoff’s father learned to fly in 1938 and his mother got her pilot’s license in 1948. Both continued as pilots throughout their lives.

The family’s business Aero Mark is named after “Mark” Hoff.

Hoff was surprised when he was called on stage at the event to receive the distinction.

“It’s quite an honor,” he said. “I had no idea it was coming, and I’m really flattered, honored, and somewhat embarrassed or humbled by it.”

To be eligible for the Wright Brothers Award nominees must hold a Civil Aviation Authority certificate or FAA pilot certificate, have 50 or more years of civil and military flying experience, and be a United States citizen. Eligible recipients are nominated through an FAA process.

Hoff continues to be a presence in the aviation community in eastern Idaho, with involvement in various clubs throughout the region. Last weekend, Hoff welcomed around 25 pilots of planes from the early 20th century to Idaho Falls for a gathering of antique plane enthusiasts, called the Round Engine Roundup.

The event was bookmarked Saturday with a group flight to West Yellowstone, Mont.

“It’s just a good chance to socialize and tell wild aviation stories,” Hoff said.

Hoff hopes to continue flying, and promoting aviation through events like these for years to come. But the award, he said, is simply a recognition of his dedication to the activity.

“There are lots of good pilots in the world that have been around for a long time,” he said. “I’ve flown for 61 years, and I haven’t hurt myself or anyone else, and I guess that’s a pretty good record.”

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.postregister.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Now lets just hope he doesn't end up back here on Kathryn's report because of...

On another note 50 years but how many hours?