NOGE Treasurer Receives FAA and Tuskegee's Highest Aviation Awards
In 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA initiated the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Program which recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skills and aviation expertise while piloting aircraft and have conducted 50 or more consecutive years of safe flight operations. The Wright Brothers “Master Pilot Award” (MPA) is the highest and most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61. This award is named after Wilbur and Orville Wright, the first US pilots. COL (Ret.) Palmer Sullins, Jr. is one of these prestigious individuals and having obtained 52 years of certified flight and more than 21,000 flight hours. This award was presented during the Annual Black Pilots of America (BPA) Memorial Day Fly In in Pine Bluff, AR on May 28, 2018.
Additionally, on May 18, 2018 during the 51st Annual Memorial Day Fly-In Banquet, Chairman Sullins was honored by the City of Tuskegee, AL, awarding him the Chief Charles A. “Chief” Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award, the most prestigious aviation award given by the City of Tuskegee. This award was named for Chief Anderson who was the Chief Primary Flight Instructor of the famed Tuskegee Airmen.
Sullins (standing right) is posed with Meritorious Aviation Service Award recipient, Lt. Col. John W. Hicks, Jr. along with (seated left to right) Tuskegee Airmen Dr. Hilliard W. Pouncy, Reverend Thomas Bristow and Val Archer.
He is a founding member of Black Pilots of America (BPA) and New Orleans Golden Eagles (NOGE). He has served as President and Treasurer of both. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Board for Friends of Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (FTANHS) in Tuskegee, AL.