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Former Presidio County resident receives FFA award

April 20th, 2017 under Community

DALLAS — On March 21, 2017, former Presidio County resident Kean Roosevelt received the Federal Aviation Agency’s highest award, the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award, at a ceremony at the Love Field Pilots Association in Dallas.

Roosevelt has been a licensed pilot for more than 50 years, getting his start here in Marfa. He grew up on the family ranch at Valentine and in May of 1966 he soloed, completing his private pilot certificate with Kahl Aviation at the Marfa Airport that summer.  He completed his commercial certificate in 1967.

In 1971 he finished advanced training and got his multi-engine, instrument instructor and Airline Transport ratings in El Paso. He worked as an instructor for International Airmotive and Southwest Air Rangers , earning a Gold Seal Instructor Certificate which has remained active for 45 years. He flew night freight and charter flights before going to work for J .D. Abrams, Inc., an El Paso- based construction company, flying light twin-engine planes and Lear 35s.

In 1977 Roosevelt was hired as a company pilot by El Paso Natural Gas, then moved to Fort Worth when Burlington Northern bought out EL Paso Natural Gas. He left Burlington in 1994 and began a career as a contract pilot, while also serving as an instructor and examiner in the Gulfstream Programs at CAE Simulflight DFW.

As a contract pilot Roosevelt has flown all over the world, including flying for several Fortune 100 companies in worldwide operations, amassing considerable international experience. He has multiple jet type certificates, and has flown more than 17,000 hours.

Roosevelt lives with his wife, Carol, In Bedford, Texas.

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