The San Marcos Skyport and Redbird Chairman Jerry Gregoire both honored.
AOPA’s Flight Training Excellence awards had their debut at this year's AOPA Summit in Palm Springs. Redbird’s Skyport, along with Tailwheels, Etc. of Florida, received the President’s Choice award.
“We created the Flight Training Excellence Awards as part of a long-term, industry-wide effort dedicated to increasing the percentage of students who earn a pilot certificate,” said AOPA CEO Craig Fuller. “We feel it’s important to have positive role models, so we are encouraging the industry to look at these examples of success and draw inspiration and encouragement from them.” Profiles on all the winners can be found on AOPA’s website, as well as a one-flight training scenario created by the Skyport representative of the Skyport’s award-winning work.
Redbird’s Chairman Jerry Gregoire also accepted AOPA’s 2012 Hat in the Ring Achievement in Aviation Education Award for aviation education excellence. Air Safety Foundation President Bruce Landsberg said of Gregoire, “Your accomplishments align with our vision of the perfect recipient, as someone who has dedicated time, energy and commitment to teaching pilots to fly safely through the use of simulation and the innovative programs at Skyport.”