Morey Airplane Company Named Wisconsin Aviation Business of The Year

(L/R) Wisconsin Aviation Trades Association (WATA) Board Member Bruce Botterman presents the "Wisconsin Aviation Business of the Year Award" to Morey Airplane Company President Richard Morey. Midwest Flyer Magazine Photo by Dave Weiman

WAUSAU-ROTHSCHILD, WIS. – The Wisconsin Aviation Trades Association (WATA) has named Morey Airplane Company – a Middleton, Wisconsin business since 1946 – “Wisconsin Aviation Business of the Year.” The award was presented to Morey Airplane Company President Richard Morey on May 7, 2014 during the Wisconsin Aviation Conference in Wausau-Rothschild.

Morey Airplane Company is located at Middleton Municipal Airport – Morey Field in Middleton, Wis. The company is a full-service flight center providing air charter, flight instruction, aircraft maintenance and fuel sales. Morey Airplane Company was selected for the award from among 250 aviation businesses in the state, ranging from flight centers like Morey’s, to aircraft manufacturers, avionics service facilities, insurance companies, parts suppliers, fuel vendors, and others. Morey Airplane Company employs a staff of 20 people, including aircraft technicians, flight instructors, charter pilots, aircraft fuelers and administrative personnel.

“Founded in 1946 by the late Howard Morey, Morey Airplane Company’s reputation in “flight training” is internationally known and respected, and all departments follow the Morey Airplane Company tradition of excellence,” said WATA board member, Bruce Botterman, who presented the award to Morey.

“To be selected for this prestigious award, a business has to provide quality service to both the local community and aviation customers, and Morey Airplane Company has done this,” said Botterman.

“In addition, Richard Morey saw through the development of the new Middleton Municipal Airport – Morey Field, and has proven himself effective in working with city officials and airport tenants as airport manager.”

Richard Morey is a third generation owner of the business, succeeding his father Field Morey, and grandfather, Howard Morey, both of whom have been inducted into the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame for great feats and accomplishments in aviation. Howard Morey was the first chairman of the Wisconsin Aeronautics Commission, president of Wisconsin Central/North Central Airlines (1953-54), and the first manager of what is now Dane County Regional Airport. He later founded the airport, which is now Middleton Municipal Airport – Morey Field.

Richard Morey is a graduate of Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, and grew up at the airport, working in each of its five departments. Morey is a professional pilot, flight instructor and licensed aircraft inspector and technician.

Morey Airplane Company hosts the annual fly-in breakfast for the community to be held this year on July 13 from 7:00 am to 12:00 noon, which features airplane rides and display aircraft. Chapter 1389 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) sponsors the fly-in each year and the public is invited to attend (

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