February 26, 2013 - The FAA's prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award was presented to George Karamitis, EAA 144192, of Avon Park, Florida, at the 2013 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. Wright Masters are honored for 50 years of flight free of accidents, incidents, or citations.
Karamitis's passion for aviation began at Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport, where he received his first flight by none other than Steve Wittman. While serving in the Navy as a radar operator, he formed a Navy flying club in Newfoundland and earned his private pilot certificate.
Later at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, George formed another flying club, flew a Cessna 140, and earned his flight instructor rating in 1966. His keen interest eventually led to a flying job for Trans World Airlines, where he flew for 33 years and retired as a captain in 2001.
George has been an avid Quicksilver fan for more than 25 years, owning numerous models following his first Quicksilver purchase, a Sport II, in 1988. Today George operates a Sprint II that he uses for demonstration flights, and continues to instruct student pilots at Lockwood Aviation in Sebring, in a Tecnam LSA.
"We congratulate George on receiving this prestigious award and we are extremely pleased to have him as a longtime loyal Quicksilver owner and pilot," said Will Escutia, president of Quicksilver Aeronautics LLC.