Sunday, July 1, 2018

Jim Hurst gets Wright Master Pilot Award

Jim Hurst, of Pegues Hurst Ford in Longview, has received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, presented earlier this year by Joe Murphy of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations part 61. Named after the Wright Brothers who were the first U.S. pilots, it recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for at least 50 years.

Hurst was born to an aviation family, as his father was an Army Air Corps advanced instrument instructor during World War II. Hurst, who started his aviation activity in 1964, holds an airline transport-pilots license (FAA’s highest license) and has accumulated more than 10,000 hours in 53 years.

Some of Hurst’s aviation highlights include:

■ Two hundred forty Angel Flight missions

■ North Atlantic crossing to Europe

■ Flying to 12 countries

■ Flying to Alaska

■ Still actively flying 200-plus hours per year.

Hurst credits his father, J.G. Hurst, for being the most important influence in his life. He introduced him to aviation and encouraged him to develop his skills.

“He was also the best pilot and finest instrument pilot I have ever known,” Hurst said.

Original article can be found here ➤

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