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MAC Air Group Funds Scholarship

Main Kids Benefit from a Legacy of Flight

A multipurpose service provider is commemorating its deceased CEO and founding figure with the Allyn Caruso Scholarship Fund, offering Maine youth a chance to pursue a career in the field. 

Caruso helped a fledgling MAC Air Group become a wide ranging service provider for general aviation, jet charters, aircraft sales, management and maintenance at their FBO based at the Portland International Jetport. The firm grew to employ more than 100, helped along by his own attitude of staying in the trenches to assist. Caruso collected type ratings in 5 different aircraft, and picked up 30 flying records over the years. He became a VIP pilot of sorts, rubbing elbows with former presidents, celebs, and musicians whenever the mission called for it.

The company recalled one record in particular: "Of untold hours in the sky, one flight deserves special mention: In 1991, Al and his crew piloted The Spirit of Partnership, a Fairchild Metroliner III, around the world. This was a reenactment of the first round-the-world flight by Wiley Post and Harold Gatty in 1931. It took him to 16 airports in six countries, and the six legs in the Soviet Union were the first flights of an American plane over Soviet territory since World War II."

“The only thing Al loved as much as aviation and his family was encouraging others to become part of the aviation family,” said Brigitte Miller, MAC Air Group’s CFO. “Establishing the scholarship fund is the best way we can honor Al’s memory--encouraging young folks just as Al did, and passing on his passion for aviation and helping others.”



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