Born: United States of America
Primarily active in: United States of America
When Floyd W. Carlson set out to learn to fly a helicopter over 35 years ago there was no book on the procedure, so he began establishing techniques that have been used by thousands of pilots. There were no certification standards peculiar to helicopters. Carlson was instrumental in their development, including some which remain relatively un-changed today.
In recognition of his long and continuing achievements in improving the caliber of helicopters and of the men who fly them, Carlson has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. He was elected an American Helicopter Society Honorary Fellow in 1954 and has been a member of AHS for 26 years.
It's another major milestone in the career of Carlson, whose early flights culminated in the awarding of the world's first commercial helicopter license to a Bell Model 47 by the CAA on March 8, 1946. He has played a significant role in flight research programs ever since while serving as chief pilot, director of flight and now as special projects engineer for Bell Helicopter Textron.
"Remarkable Career of Pioneering Pilot Floyd W. Carlson, who Flew First Bell Model, Continues as he Receives SETP Honor", AHS Staff, VERTIFLITE March/April 1978, Page 8