b'Arkansas pilot earns rare FAA distinctionBy CHRIS HERBOLSHEIMERS EARCY, Ark.For most,instructor, has led to him being aviation represents anhighly regarded in the aviation efficient form of travel. Acommunity.way to bypass the pain andRecently, that regard for suffering that is the familyMenzie was proven when road trip, and nothing more. he was given the Federal For some, aviation isAviation Administration seen as a smartWright Brothers Master career choice.Pilot Award.CommercialIve spent the pilots travelmajority of my to interestinglife saying that places, earnaccolades mean competitivevery little, and wages, and theits the pursuit job offers moreof excellence excitement thanthat matters, but sitting at a desk. its hard to say that However, for aabout this award," said very few, the idea ofMenzie. "I am honored to soaring through the sky like ahave my name added to a list of bird inspires passion, becomes apilots I admire so much."lifelong pursuit. The Wright Brothers Master Ron Menzie, of Searcy,Pilot Award is the most presti-Arkansas, is a man who under- gious award the FAA issues to stands the passion to fly betterpilots certified under Title 14 of than most. For more than 50the Code of Federal Regulations, years, Menzie has been ridingpart 61. This award is named among the clouds in his variousafter Orville and Wilbur Wright, flying machines. His dedicationthe first U.S. pilots, to recognize to aviation, both as a pilot andthose who have exhibited www.OzarksMag.com Spring 2021 | Ozarks Magazine | 25'