15:03 PM

Rocky Mtn. Region Staffer Honored as 'Best Flight Instructor'

Lt. Col. Mike Daniels
Public Affairs Officer
Jefferson County Senior Squadron
Colorado Wing

Lt. Col. Dave Novotny, a Civil Air Patrol pilot who serves as the Rocky Mountain Region’s standardization/evaluation officer, has been recognized by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association as Best Flight Instructor in the Northwest Mountain Region.

The award process followed by AOPA, the world’s largest civil aviation organization, involved an evaluation of 972 flight schools and 1,876 individual flight instructors.

The 2019 awards were drawn from flight students and pilots who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience this past summer through an AOPA online customer satisfaction survey.

The awards were presented Wednesday at the Wings Over the Rockies at Centennial Airport in Denver during the Redbird Migration annual conference for flight training professionals.

Novotny joined CAP in in December 1986. He has served as interim commander of the Colorado Wing, as the wing’s vice commander, as wing communications engineering officer and as Pikes Peak Senior Squadron communications officer.