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Flight school honored; AeroVenture award.

SOUTHBRIDGE a The AeroVenture Institute Flight Training & Aerospace Learning Center, owned and operated by the Allen family of Worcester, has been recognized for its excellence in flight training by The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the world's largest aviation association. The flight school has been awarded the title of Outstanding Flight School for the second year in a row and is one of only ten flight schools in the U.S., and the only one in Massachusetts, to earn this recognition out of 1,447 flight training schools across the country.

"The Flight Training Excellence awards were created to highlight the best the flight training industry has to offer, and it was clear from the customer reviews that the AeroVenture Institute is operating at a superior level of quality and service,'' said Brittney Miculka, director of pilot community development for AOPA.

In addition to earning this recognition, the AeroVenture Institute's chief instructor, Bill Allen, has been named to the AOPA 2014 Flight Instructor Honor Roll for the third year in a row -- 2012, 2013 and 2014. For the past three years, Bill has been ranked among the top 25 flight instructors out of over 1,500 across the U.S.

AeroVenture Institute received their awards at the AOPA National Headquarters in Frederick, Maryland, on Oct. 4, during the Homecoming Fly-In.

The AeroVenture Institute is a Flight Training Center headquartered in Southbridge, which provides quality flight instruction for students of all ages and ambitions, and provides alternative and comprehensive educational opportunities where Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) meet real-life, hands-on exploration through flight and aerospace technology. The AeroVenture Institute is especially well-known for its Professional Aviator CadetacentsProgram, an innovative college credit pilot training course for high school students.

Southbridge Municipal Airport was recently selected by the MassDOT to receive a $1.05 million grant for the construction of a new, state-of-the-art and environmentally sustainable terminal facility that will better serve the community and its customers. Construction will begin in early 2015.

Information about flight training at the AeroVenture Institute is available at

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Oct 24, 2014
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