Ruben Ace Avakian
January 10, 1925 Stoneham, Massachusetts
February 18, 2011 Lone Tree, Colorado
Past Key and Past Governor Denver Hangar Quiet Birdman.
Lifetime Member Experimental Aircraft Association.
A Brief History:
Sail Plane Student Pilot at age of 12, 1937.
Powered Airplane Pilot Instruction at age 14, 1939.
Soloed at age 16 in a J3-50, 1941.
Aviation Cadet, Army Corp, 1943
Luke Army Airfield Graduate, Single Engine Fighter Pilot flying the P-40, Checked out
in the P-39 and the North American A-36, 1944.
Central Instructor School Graduate-WASP Instructor, 1944.
Flight Instructor Thunderbird Field, Chinese Cadets, 1945.
Civilian Flight Instructor and Ferry Pilot, 1946.
Joined Monarch Airlines, 1948.
Checked out as Captain and flew the DC-3, CV-340, Convair 580,
Boeing 727, Boeing 737 and MD 80, 1951.
Member Air Safety Investigators, 1968
Only pilot to complete 35 years with Frontier Airlines, and retired as number 1 on the
senority list, 1985.
Flight Instructor and Check Pilot, MD-80, until the demise of Frontier, 1986.
Stopped logging after 35,000 flight hours.
Certificates and Awards: ATP, CFI, CFII, MEI, Master Pilot Award, FAA, 2004.
and MD 80, 1951.