NATA Award For Excellence in Pilot Training

NATA Recognizes Excellence in Pilot Training

NATA is extremely pleased to recognize an individual or organization for outstanding contributions in safety, professionalism, leadership and excellence in the field of pilot training.  Award winners are recognized annually during an Awards Presentation Luncheon held in conjunction with the Aviation Business Conference.  

Now accepting nominations for the 2018 Industry Excellence and 2019 AMT Employer Awards Program. Click here  for the 2019 Nomination Form.

Current Recipient:

2017 - Janine Schwahn, chief instructor, Summit Aviation 

Past Recipients:

2016 - Denis M. Arbeau, manager of training, Solairus Aviation
2015 - Ben Gabriel, director of training, ATP Flight School
2014 - Eric Walter, chief pilot, primary trainer, and check airman, Bemidji Aviation Services
2013 - Mike Paulson, fargo flight school manager, Fargo Jet Center
2012 - Vinny Billisi, vice-president and director of operations, Airborne Systems Flight Training
2011 - Superior Flight School
2010 - William M. Hays, owner, ATD Flight Systems LLC
2009 - Arlynn McMahon, vice president, Aero-Tech, Inc.
2008 - William Griggs, Sr., co-owner, Aviation Facilities, Inc.
2007 – Susan Parson, special assistant, General Aviation and Commercial Division, FAA
2006 – Michael G. Gaffney, president, Skyline Aeronautics, LLC
2005 – Alex Unruh, Cessna Aircraft Company
2004 – Dr. Tim Brady, Dean, College of Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
2003 – John King, King Schools, Inc.
2002 – Dick Skovgaard, Flight Safety Academy ( Vero Beach)
2001 – Irvin N. Gleim
2000 – Jim Hackman, regional manager, Cessna Pilot Centers
1999 – Frasca International, Inc.
1998 – Gregory (Greg) Brown, aviation consultant and writer
1997 – Phil Poyner, manager, Nassau Flyers, Inc.
1996 – Rick Amber, founder of Challenge Air for Kids & Friends
1995 – Nancy Grazzini-Olson, president, Thunderbird Aviation
1994 – Flight Training magazine
1993 –
1992 – Sierra Academy of Aeronautics
1991 – Albert A. Schnur, chief flight instructor, Chester County Aviation, Inc.
1990 – Dawn Aeronautics, Inc.
1989 – Bolivar Aviation International School of Aeronautics
1988 – Robert G. Carter, director of flight instructor department, AOPA Air Safety Foundation
1987 – Gary B. Vander Veen, chief pilot, Tulip City Air Service, Inc.