By Bill Stansbeary
Four outstanding aviators received special awards during the Lafayette Foundation Fall Fly-In, held at Platte Valley Airport on October 15. Brian Richardson, safety program manager for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Denver Flight Standards District Office, presented the awards.
The FAA Golden Eagle Award went to Cole Kugel, who has reached his 103rd birthday with many full logbooks to become the world’s oldest pilot, while the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award went to Morris Quick, an active pilot with well over 60 years of flying. Aviation mechanics Russell Masters and Earle Wilson received the Charles Taylor Award for distinguishing themselves in aircraft and powerplant maintenance.
Sponsored by Arapahoe Aero, Lafayette Foundation and Platte Valley Airport, the day’s events included a pancake breakfast and a BBQ lunch. Marilyn Taylor, manager of the airport, provided freshly baked chocolate brownies as a special treat. Many vintage aircraft were flown in for the event and there were tours given of the Colorado International Aviation Museum by Andy Parks.