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Redbird Migration returns

2021 Flight Training Experience Awards announced

The Redbird Migration flight training learning event returned from a two-year coronavirus pandemic hiatus to an in-person format packed with inspiration and motivation for 200 instructors, educators, and teaching professionals, with hundreds more watching online.
Ambyr Peterson, the nation’s best CFI.
Ambyr Peterson, the nation’s best CFI.

The free annual event for flight training professionals was created by Redbird Flight Simulations, and has grown into what is probably the largest gathering of its kind in the country. At the closing banquet, AOPA announced the national 2021 Flight Training Experience Awards winners for best flight school and instructor.

In the Pattern in Denton, Texas, won the top award as the best overall flight school in the nation—and also was the winner in the Central Southwest Region. Meanwhile, Ambyr Peterson of Minneapolis took home the top honor as the nation’s best certificated flight instructor. She was also the Great Lakes regional winner.

aopa.org/pilot/migration2022

Best Flight Schools

Central Southwest Region
In The Pattern, Denton, Texas (National winner)

Eastern Region
Air Ventures Flying School, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Great Lakes Region
Blue Skies Chicago, Illinois

Northwest Mountain Region
Ridgeline Aviation, Bozeman, Montana

Southern Region
Aviator Zone Academy Miami, Florida

Western Pacific Region
Sierra Charlie Aviation Scottsdale, Arizona

Best Flight Instructors

Great Lakes Region
Ambyr Peterson, Minneapolis (National winner)

Central Southwest Region
Steve Fairbanks, Wills Point, Texas

Eastern Region David
Strassburg, Northampton, Massachusetts

Northwest Mountain Region
Jess Padden, Bozeman, Montana

Southern Region
Matt Eichel Goldsboro, North Carolina

Western Pacific Region
Sergio Ramirez Temecula, California




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