February 5, 2017
Annual Membership Meeting Success!
Speakers and Prestigious Award
members flocked to one of our favorite haunts
for social hour, delicious seafood and annual
business meeting. On Thursday January 19th, TXAA
members gathered for the 18th annual membership
meeting. After libations and hangar stories, the
membership sat down to a great meal provided by
our host, Jay McKinney owner of The Catfish
Parlour on E. Ben White in Austin, Texas.
Following the supper, special guest Gary Stamper
of the San Antonio FSDO FAAST team presented the
prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award
to TXAA member Paul Smith. Paul is a long time
member who has served on the TXAA board of
directors, TXAA steering committee and presently
holds the title of Director Emeritus.
Smith is the President of PAUL H. SMITH AVIATION
in Georgetown, Texas, which has a special focus
on Aviation Safety, General Aviation Advocacy
and Aircraft & Airport Security.
Paul recently retired from the National Business
Aviation Association as the Regional
Representative in Texas and ten other states.
Prior to a twenty year career with NBAA, Paul
was a civilian pilot and then a military master
aviator, instructor pilot, examiner and senior
air traffic controller. He graduated from Embry-
Riddle Aeronautical University (Cum Laude) with
a BS in Aeronautics.
Paul is a current dual rated ATP, CFII and
Flight Department auditor. A Member of TXAA
since the beginning, he is an honorary lifetime
Member. He also serves as the
Standardization/Evaluation Officer for the HQ
5th Air Wing of the Texas State Guard.
The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the
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 the Wright Brothers, the first US
pilots, to recognize individuals who have
exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation
expertise for at least 50 years while piloting
aircraft as "Master Pilots".
A distinctive certificate and lapel pin is
issued after application review and eligibility
requirements have been met. Upon request, a
stickpin similar in design to the lapel pin is
also provided to the award recipient's spouse in
recognition of his or her support to the
recipient's aviation career. Once the award has
been issued, the recipient's name, city and
state will be added to a published "Roll of
Honor" located at
BasicMed After TXAA board members did
some housekeeping such as the treasurer's report
and election of new officers, the audience was
treated to a special summary. Bill Gunn spoke
about the newly established FAA medical system
called BasicMed. The Third Class Medical is
becoming a thing of the past. Although a pilot
may retain the established 3rd class medical if
they wish, most will opt for the new system of
medical review. Please scroll down to Bill
Gunn's article which give a full description of
what has happened and what is to come.
Door prizes were given out and the meeting
adjourned shortly after 8 PM. A splendid time
was had by all!!