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Port of Skagit Commissioner Dr. Kevin E. Ware Receives FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

Burlington, WA– The Port of Skagit is proud to announce that Commissioner Dr. Kevin E. Ware has earned the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award. The award was presented by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at a ceremony on February 25, 2017.  

The award is considered by many as the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots. The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award recognizes individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as "Master Pilots". The award was presented to Dr. Kevin E. Ware at a ceremony recently conducted at the Northwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show in Puyallup, Washington.

“I am honored to be recognized by the FAA,” said Commissioner Kevin E. Ware. “It is truly a unique opportunity to join such a prominent group of aviators. Thank you to everyone including my family for your longtime support of my passion.”

Ware is a professional pilot and flight instructor who holds an Airline Transport Pilots License and has more than 10,000 hours of accident and incident free flight time in a broad range of aircraft including corporate jets, floatplanes and helicopters. He also has extensive international flight experience. Ware has been a Port of Skagit Commissioner since 2002.

“Having a pilot of Ware’s experience as a Port Commissioner has made a world of difference in how the airport is operated, both in terms of safety and benefit to the public,” said Tim Lewis, President and owner of Corporate Air Center at the Skagit Regional Airport. “His 50 years in aviation is revealed in his depth of knowledge of airports and aircraft, and that knowledge relates to the betterment of the community and businesses at the airport.”

If you are a reporter seeking information about the Port of Skagit, please call Andrew Entrikin, community outreach administrator, at 360-757-0011 or email