Master Pilot Honored


Carroll Judd, right, is shown receiving his Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for flying more than 50 years without incident.

By Margo Frink

(Town of Lenox, NY) Town of Lenox resident Carroll Judd recently received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for flying without incident for more than 50 years. He was honored on Feb. 18 at the Naval Reserve Center in East Syracuse.

The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years. Recipients are awarded a certificate and a lapel pin and are recognized as Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award winners.

Judd said the 50 year clock starting ticking on July 31, 1961 at the former Canastota Municipal Airport.

“July 31 of 2011 was the 50th anniversary,” Judd said. “I took a plane and flew over Canastota airport and Chittenango airport on Chittenango Perryville Road, called Luther Airport and went into Hancock,” the airport he’s based out of.

Judd is also the safety officer for the Stockbridge Valley Flying Club, of which he’s been a member and safety officer since its inception in 1969.

“I still do check rides every six months,” Judd said. Check rides determine the plane is safe to fly and carry passengers.

Judd is a certified flight instructor. He began giving flying lessons in April of 1964. Shortly after that he went to work at the Camillus Airport and remained there for two years. There he provided flying lessons, performed flight reviews and flew some charter flights.

“I did a heck of a lot of flying there,” Judd said.

At that time he was teaching Latin and driver’s education at Stockbridge Valley Central School, until the program was dropped from the curriculum. He spent the next couple years as a guidance counselor at Madison and Oriskany Falls school districts.

Later, Judd taught driver’s education and an aviation course at Liverpool High School.

Over the years, Judd remembers his former students.

“Quite a few I’ve taught have gone on to bigger and better things,” Judd said. “A former student from Liverpool now does inspections at the Rochester FAA district office.”

Another one of his students was an assistant attorney general for the Syracuse area.

“I taught him to fly instruments 15 years ago,” Judd said. “He’s got his own airplane, flies to Texas and all over. It’s not unusual for him to call and say ‘well, you saved my butt today.’ I flew with him a few weeks ago.”

Judd was on the Madison County Traffic Safety board for more than 30 years, serving as chairman for a while. He remained on the board until April 2011.

He holds two degrees from Albany State. He and his wife, Penny, have been married 46 years. He has three step-daughters.

Judd will perform his own personal reconstruction on flying accidents and uses what he learns to instruct on what and what not to do.

Of his flying career, he said, “I’ve met some very, very interested people from all walks of life. I’ve impacted a lot of lives.”




1 comment to Master Pilot Honored

  • pete dwyer

    I am one of the 7 original members of the SVFC, and would like to know of new members, planes, etc.. We are about to lose one of the first three to age/illness—I will be the only original surviving—–for now.

    Let me hear from “Judd-ie” or others.

    Pete Dwyer–Oneida, N.Y.

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