In late June at the Olive Branch Plantation golf course, David Lee Booth received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award along with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.
These awards were presented by Mike Wilson from the Little Rock FAA Flight Standards District office and Theo Mavridoglou from the Jackson, Miss., district office.
Also at that time, Booth's son, Ray, and grandsons Mark and David, presented Booth with a "Charles Taylor Biography" that was signed by Charles Taylor's grandson and great grandson.
David Booth's aviation career expanded in and out of the cockpit. His flying not only required him to have a pilot license, but also an airframe and powerplant licenses. He has flown everything from a DC-3 to a Lockheed Constellation to a DC-10.
After leaving the cockpit, he went into training new pilots at FedEx Corp. for 23 years in the simulator department.
David still found time to teach an aviation class at Tennessee Tech Center Aviation Complex in Memphis.
At 76, David is still much involved in aviation.
David's wife, Anita, thanked all the guests for attending.
Gary Hillis is a tech and aircraft quality control specialist.
Larry Bub received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award and Dr. Tom Cavanaugh, an orthodontist, was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.
On May 24, Embry-Riddle will name unit the Charles Taylor Department of Aviation Maintenance Science.