Born: United States of America
Primarily active in: United States of America
When Floyd W. Carlson set out to learn to fly a helicopter in about 1943, 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 the development of these standards, including some which remain relatively unchanged 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.
Carlson achieved another major milestone in his career when he was awarded the world's first commercial helicopter license for a Bell Model-47 by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on March 8, 1946. He has played a significant role in flight research programs ever since he served as chief pilot, director of flight, and finally as the 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