Hash honored by FAA

Richard Hash, a local pilot for Dayton’s Robinson Manufacturing Company Inc., is pictured above. Hash recently received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration recently awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award to Robinson Manufacturing Company Inc. Chief Pilot Richard Hash.

The award recognizes and honors those aviators who have contributed and maintained safe operations for 50 or more years of aeronautical experience as an aviator.

It is granted “in appreciation for your dedicated service, technical expertise, professionalism and many outstanding contributions to further the cause of aviation safety.”  

Further, the award “acknowledges exemplary service, devotion to aviation safety, recognition by your peers, and the appreciation of countless pilots to whom you showed the way.”

Hash began his flying career in the U.S. Navy, soloing a Navy T-34A Trainer on March 5, 1964. Commissioned as an ensign in January 1964, he was promoted to lieutenant commander in July 1972.  

While in the Navy, he obtained his civilian commercial pilots license with single, multiengine land aircraft and instrument rating endorsements. He holds a current flight instructor certificate, which he first qualified for in 1966 with Gold Seal endorsement.

He is also a ground instructor and has accumulated over 13,000 flight hours, including pilot in command time in over 47 aircraft, all accident and violation free.

 As president of Executive Airways Inc. at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tenn., from 1968 to 1976, he and other company pilots flew air charter, air freight, air ambulance and gave flight instruction totaling over 20,000 hours, all accident and violation free.

He has trained many pilots, with dozens going on to fly for the airlines, corporations and the military. He has been chief pilot for Robinson Manufacturing Company Inc. in Dayton for 30 years and currently pilots their Cessna Conquest II twin-engine turboprop.

He has flight experience in the entire United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and numerous Pacific countries.

 Hash graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1976 and maintains a law office in Maryville, Tenn. He practices in the field of family law, personal injury and in aviation law where he has testified as an expert witness in several aircraft accident cases and has represented airlines and pilots in FAA and National Transportation Safety Board Proceedings and in other litigation.

His passion is safe flying and helping aspiring pilots.