Viroqua pilot Dwain Munyon has been awarded the Federal Aviation Administration's Master Pilot Award.
The veteran pilot was presented the award at the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) convention held annually in Oshkosh. Munyon said he was notified shortly after Christmas 2010 that he was eligible for the award. He applied for it and got to choose where he wanted the award ceremony to take place.
The FAA's Great Lakes Regional Administrator Barry Cooper presented the award to Munyon at a ceremony on July 26.
Criteria for consideration of the Master Pilot Award includes 50 or more years as an active pilot, no accidents or violations of FAA regulations and no convictions for operating while intoxicated or substance abuse violations.
"I just like it," Munyon said. "I like flying. It's useful as well as enjoyable."
Munyon has held a pilot's license since 1959 and in 1966 obtained his commercial license and became a certified flight instructor. For several years beginning in the late 1980's, he also taught instrument flight instruction for a nation-wide company, Professional Instrument Courses of Old Saybrook, Conn.
Flying several times a week, Munyon gets up in the air to train students as well as get away on vacation or weekend trips.
Munyon said aviation was a sideline job he enjoyed throughout his working years. He worked for 34 years at WVRQ in Viroqua.