Friday, February 28, 2014

Mike Paulson: Fargo Jet Center

Fargo Jet Center flight school manager receives national award

FARGO - Mike Paulson, flight school manager at Fargo Jet Center, has been selected as the recipient of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Excellence In Pilot Training award.

NATA annually recognizes individuals, offices, and organizations that have helped improve the general aviation community by demonstrating excellence in their field and the highest level of customer service.

“Mike’s enthusiasm towards aviation is magnetic,” says Darren Hall, vice president of marketing for Fargo Jet Center. “He truly exemplifies excellence in pilot training through his longstanding and continued passion for sharing and teaching the wonder of flight with others,” adds Hall.

Professionalism, dedication and excellence are just a few of the words to describe Paulson. His passion for aviation was acknowledged at an early age when he soloed in 1973 at the age of sixteen in Fargo. His longstanding career in aviation as a flight instructor is very unique; he truly loves teaching others to fly. Over the past 30 years, he has had many opportunities to take on virtually any pilot position, but has chosen to teach flight at all levels and continues today with the same passion and smile that’s been with him from the beginning.

During his career, Paulson has logged more than 18,500 total hour’s flight time of which 11,000 are logged as flight instruction hours given. His training, certifications and special designations include: Airline Transport Pilot, Airplane Single Engine Land and Sea, Multi Engine Land and Sea, Designated Check Airman, Advanced Ground Instructor, FAA Gold Seal Instructor, National Association of Flight Instructors- Master Certified Flight Instructor, FAA Designated Pilot Examiner authorized for Private through ATP and CFI, FAASTeam Representative for North Dakota – Fargo area. He has also taught aviation classes at North Dakota State University for the past 23 years.

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