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MISSOULA — Two Polson area pilots were recently honored at the Montana Aviation Conference held Friday in Missoula. Larry Ashcraft was presented with the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot award, which honors pilots with over fifty years of accident free flying. In making the presentation, Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team member Jeff Vercoe of Helena related Larry’s long association with aviation, beginning at high school in Helena, continuing in Missoula with the U.S. Forest Service, then a career with Trans World Airlines as a captain of jet airliners flying all over the world. Following retirement, Larry operated his own flight seeing business from the Polson airport. Larry has served as president of the Aviation Organizations of Montana and is currently President of the Mission Valley Hangar of the Montana Pilots Association.

At the annual meeting of the Montana Pilots Association on Saturday, Carmine Mowbray was presented the MPA Pilot of the Year Award. In his remarks to the membership, President Scott Newpower related how Carmine has devoted her time and energy to aviation as MPA newsletter editor, volunteering her plane and piloting skills in search and rescue operations, participating in airstrip work parties, giving free plane rides to young people as part of the Young Eagles program, serving as secretary for the Mission Valley Hangar of MPA, helping MPA during Montana’s legislative session, plus numerous other services to aviation in Montana.


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