Charles Russell Tennstedt, 94, of Port Orange, Fla., died Sept. 1, 2010.

Born June 1, 1916, he was the son of Wilhelmina (Kraetschmar) and Charles John Tennstedt.

A 1934 graduate of Rockville High School, his great enthusiasm was for aviation. He was issued his first pilot's license at the age of 18 and made his first solo was in a Kinner Powered Standard Trainer on Jan. 24, 1934. He became a flight inspector for the Connecticut Department of Aeronautics, and organized the Connecticut wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

He worked 34 years for Eastern Airlines as a captain, flight instructor, check airman/captain in DC-3 to L-1011 planes, flight standards manager, flight jet engineer, and air traffic control specialist.

After retiring from Eastern, he was involved in general aviation aircraft sales in Danbury, and wrote articles about aviation for flying magazines.

In 1982, Charlie and his wife moved to Port Orange, Fla., where he was active in a range of community activities. The Wright Brothers "Master Pilot" Award was presented to Tennstedt by the FAA on Dec. 16, 2006.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Nancy; two daughters, Carol Hemingway of Las Vegas, Nev., and Robin Tennstedt of Lakewood, Colo.; three stepdaughters, Cynthia Ackerman (Robert) of Muskegon, Mich.; Linda Crispinelli (Leonard) of Somers, N.Y., and Deborah McFarland (David) of Chula Vista, Calif.; three granddaughters, Rebecca Stuessi (Kevin) of Sun Valley, Idaho; Laura Hill (James) of Las Vegas, Nev., and Jessica Hemingway also of Las Vegas; five step-grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother, Norman Tennstedt; a sister, Ruth Hingkeldey; a son, Charles Russell Tennstedt Jr., and step-granddaughter, Stephanie Crispinelli.

A celebration of his life is planned for October.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc., c/o Debi Girard, P.O. Box 2000, Boys Ranch, FL 32064, or Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129.