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Congratulations to Hugh Horning

Wilmington Pilot, 86 Receives
FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award
Hugh B. Horning, 86, of Wilmington(DE) and The Eastern Shore(MD) received the prestigious FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award on March 4 during a presentation by FAA personnel. The award is granted to those pilots who have flown for fifty consecutive years accident-free and who have participated significantly in a variety of General Aviation organizations and activities. The award (plaque, certificate and pin) is held by only 1/3rd of one percent of all U.S. pilots.
The award ceremony was conducted by Eileen J. Iandola, field manager for safety and training of the FAA Flight Standards District Office in Philadelphia. It was held during the monthly meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association local chapter at New Garden Flying Field in Toughkenamon, PA and attended by some 80 members and guests.
In his comments of appreciation for the honor, Horning said he was “on Cloud Nine” and thanked those many individuals who helped him along the way.
The 86 year old aviator continues to fly his 65 year old Cessna 120, a single engine, high wing “taildragger” which he bases on his Eastern Shore farm with grass airstrip on Chesapeake Bay. He said his watchword in flying is “when in doubt, don’t” but he extolled the beauty of flight and the very act of flying itself, quoting from the epic poem High Flight “…to reach out and touch the face of God.”