Clovis pilot to receive Wright Brothers award

The Fresno BeeFebruary 28, 2014 

A Clovis pilot's longtime air safety will be recognized Saturday at the Chandler Air Terminal in Fresno with the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.

Morris Garcia will receive a certificate and pin at 11 a.m. presented by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration district office.

The award was instituted by the FAA in 2003 to recognize pilots who have practiced safe flying for more than 50 years during their career. As of 2012, more than 2,000 certified pilots have received the award.

Eligibility for the award includes U.S. citizenship or permanent residence during the 50-year period and 50 years of experience, dating to the applicant's first solo flight, which must have been certified by the FAA or U.S. Civil Aviation Authority. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from other FAA-certified pilots with an application.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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