'62 MRH Graduate Receives FAA's Highest Flying Honor
Retired St. Louis County police officer Jerry Hawkins, MRH Class of 1962, has received the most prestigious award that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can bestow on a pilot -- the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.
As a long-time and decorated flying police officer and as a civilian pilot, over the past 50-plus years, Jerry has flown thousands of accident-free hours as a pilot and instructor pilot in a number of different types of fixed-wing airplanes and helicopters. In addition to his broad aviation background in various aircraft, he is one of the very few pilots in the Midwest to hold additional ratings in both "seaplanes" and "taildraggers."
The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots. It 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."
Jerry is a well-respected and highly-regarded member of the St. Louis aviation community. He began his flying career in the early 1970's as one of the first pilots in the St. Louis County Police Department's famed Aviation Unit. For years, Jerry was the "go to" guy when it came to law enforcement aviation support in the entire St. Louis and St. Charles areas. At MRH, Jerry played football and ran track, and was a member of his class executive committee.