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Updated: 05/04/2014 08:00:01AM

50 years of flying safe

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SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

Charlotte County FL-051 Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol members Jim Kaletta and Ernie Maresca hold their Wright Brothers Master Pilot Awards. Both men have more than 50 years of flying with no accidents or violations.

By AL HEMINGWAY

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When Ernie Maresca was renewing his flight instructor’s permit at the Orlando office of the Federal Aviation Administration recently, the inspector there informed him he qualified for the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.

Maresca, a retired American Airlines pilot and a flight instructor with the Charlotte County FL-051 Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, said he had no idea that the FAA offered such an award.

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