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AOPA honors veteran recognized as oldest active pilotAOPA honors veteran recognized as oldest active pilot

Photo courtesy of Peter Weber.

A California pilot who has been active in aviation for more than 70 years, earning a world record for his left-seat longevity, has received an AOPA President’s Award for his accomplishments.

Pete Weber of Cameron Park accepted the award in a ceremony at the Placerville Airport.

In 2015, Weber was credited by Guinness World Records as being the oldest living active pilot after he documented a March 30, 2015, flight he piloted at the age of 95 years, 143 days. (According to Guinness, Canadian pilot George Neal bested Weber's record two months later.)

AOPA honored Weber for his seven decades of piloting experience that has encompassed flying 20 types of military aircraft and 17 types as a civilian pilot, and for his military service as a veteran of World War II and Korea.

The award ceremony also included presentation of a plaque to Weber from state Sen. Ted Gaines (R-District 1), a member of the Senate’s Aviation Caucus.

“It is inspiring to see such dedication to aviation from such an accomplished man,” said AOPA Western Pacific Regional Manager Melissa McCaffrey.

Dan Namowitz

Dan Namowitz

Aviation Writer
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor.
Topics: Advocacy

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