AIR Flight Training focuses on detailed, scenario-based Piper Meridian training, as well as other PA-46 models (Malibu, Matrix, and Mirage). We arm pilots with the knowledge and experience to react in any situation.


Lead CFI, Chris Carmody.

Lead CFI, Chris Carmody.

It is with great honor and privilege that we announce our lead CFI’s, Chris Carmody, receipt of the 2014 Regional Certified Flight Instructor of the Year Award! Chris represents the Kansas City FSDO and the Central Region (there are eight FAA regions in total). Each award recipient is selected in a competition from a pool of candidates submitted by more than 80 FAA districts throughout the United States. Chris is now a finalist for the national award.

From the General Aviation Awards webpage:

“For nearly 50 years, the General Aviation Awards Program has recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and flight safety for their important contributions to the aviation community.

This awards program is a partnership and a cooperative effort between more than a dozen sponsoring organizations from the aviation industry and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The selection process begins with local offices. Panels of aviation professionals from within those four fields then select national winners from the pool of regional winners…

The General Aviation Awards Program is a cooperative effort between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and aviation industry sponsors to recognize annually outstanding individuals in the fields of Avionics, Flight Instruction, and Maintenance. In addition, the program recognizes outstanding individuals serving the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) as representatives.

The awards highlight the important roles these individuals play in promoting aviation safety, education, and professionalism. Winners will be recognized locally, regionally and nationally. National winners will be recognized during AirVenture-Oshkosh each July. There, they will also receive gifts and merchandise provided by sponsors and contributors.”

Congratulations, Chris! Your hard work and determination has paid off. Best of luck in the national competition!

To see all other winners and for more information about General Aviation Awards, visit their website here.



About the author

Christopher Carmody has been instructing pilots for over a decade in various aircraft models. He has been awarded the Master Flight Instructor designation by the National Association of Flight Instructors in addition to being recently named "Flight Instructor of the Year" in the FAA's Central Region. He is a former demonstration pilot and regional director of sales of new Piper Aircraft in the midwest. He received his B.S. in Aeronautics majoring in both Aviation Science / Professional Pilot and Aviation Management from Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology at Saint Louis University.