NATA Announces Industry Excellence Awards Recipients

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Maria Canosa, President, and Vinny Billisi, Vice President and Director of Operations, of Airborne Systems Flight School will receive the Excellence In Pilot Training Award for their outstanding contributions in safety, professionalism, leadership, and excellence in the field of pilot training. Ms. Canosa and Mr. Billisi have trained more than 2,000 students and have issued more than 3,500 certificates and ratings since Airborne Systems Flight School opened in 1992. Their FAA-141-approved training facility is a Cessna Pilot Center that focuses on safety and the individual needs of its students. Their state-of-the-art pilot training program and high standards have helped their students achieve positions in airline, business and general aviation fields.

"NATA is pleased to recognize these highly recommended individuals for their dedication, professionalism, and commitment to the industry," said NATA President and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks. "We are also proud of their focus on perpetuating the safety of general aviation collectively as well as in their individual fields."

NATA will present the awards during the NATA Industry Excellence Awards Dinner on April 22 at the Renaissance Capital View in Arlington, Virginia. The association will hold the dinner in conjunction with its Aviation Business & Legislative Conference.

Contact Diane Gleason at for more information on NATA's Industry Excellence Awards Dinner and Presentation and to secure tickets.

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