Archie Lee Trammell Jr. 23 Oct 1928 – 05 Feb 2018

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World Renowned Aviation Safety Advocate, Archie L. Trammell, Jr.

Aviation Journalist and Safety icon, Archie Trammell, Jr. died February 5, 2018 at his home in Mansfield, Texas. His background includes Senior Editor for Flying magazine, Editor-In-Chief of Business and Commercial Aviation magazine, and Executive Director of the AOPA Air Safety Foundation. In 1976 he was awarded the distinguished Earl Osborn Award by the Aviation/Space Writers Association for his article “Weather Accidents”. As an aviation journalist he flew hundreds of hours each year in all kinds of aircraft, from simple trainers to large corporate jets, often while they were still in the experimental stage.

In 1979 he formed his own company and created a training program for pilots on the proper use of weather radar. The next year he began lecturing on the subject worldwide. His training has included the FAA, DEA, FBI, all military branches, many corporate flight departments and most major airlines. His dedication to aviation safety was acknowledged by the National Business Aviation Association by awarding him the Meritorious Service Award in 2006. The award is NBAA’s most distinguished honor, presented to an individual who, by virtue of a lifetime of personal dedication, has made significant, identifiable contributions that have materially advanced aviation interests. He continued to publish a website free of charge to pilots, produced a new “Convective Weather Flying” training manual and wrote articles for professional pilots magazines through 2017. He consulted with radar engineers on his recommendations for their future radar designs. He was a most humble man, never taking full credit for his own research and knowledge; always giving credit to all the people that supported his efforts and the scientists that contributed to his work.

He is survived by his wife, Mary and his three children: Nathan (Lisa) Trammell of Linden, TX, Rev. Bessie (John) Adams of IN, Archie D. (Kristine) of Dallas, TX, Stepchildren; Michele (Kevin) Miracle of Graham, TX., Douglas (Aracely) Seitz of Arlington, TX., 6 Grandchildren, 4 Step-Grandchildren, 13 Great- Grandchildren, 2 Great-Great Grandchildren. 

Archie was born October 23, 1928 to Georgia N. and Archie Lee Trammell, Sr. and was preceded in death by his parents and one Granddaughter.

Services will be held at Jaynes Memorial Chapel in Duncanville, TX on February 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow at DFW National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the James M. Cook Scholarship Fund, at the University of Oklahoma, 100 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK. 73072.