Announces The Addition Of Three Flight Training Schools to
Cessna Pilot Center Network
Cessna said Tuesday is has awarded its 2010 Platinum Awards to
Airborne Systems, Inc. and Pinnacle Aviation Academy for
exceptional performance in the Cessna Pilot Center network.
The awards were presented by Cessna Pilot Center Manager Julie
Filucci to Vincent Bilisi, vice president and director of Airborne
Systems, at the Cessna Pilot Center Seminar in February in Orlando,
FL, and to George McJimsey, president and owner of Pinnacle
Aviation Academy, at Pinnacle’s offices in Carlsbad, CA.
“Airborne Systems and Pinnacle Aviation Academy are two of
the most outstanding CPCs in the country,” Filucci said.
“The Platinum Award is Cessna's acknowledgement of the hard
work and dedication they put forth in everything they do. In
particular, both Airborne Systems and Pinnacle surmounted
significant challenges in 2010 to earn the respect of their
Located at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport in Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla., Airborne Systems operates eight Skyhawks, a Skylane, and has
a Skycatcher on order. Pinnacle Aviation Academy is located at
Palomar Airport, in Carlsbad, Calif., and operates six Skyhawks, a
Skylane, and has a Skycatcher on order. In presenting the Platinum
Award, Cessna considers a number of factors in evaluating CPC
performance including facilities, training, equipment and general
The company's extensive network of more than 250 CPCs around the
world was established in 1973. The average time for customers to
obtain a private pilot certificate while using Cessna's
computer-based instruction training course is only 55 hours. That
is approximately 30 percent fewer hours than the national average,
resulting in less expense for the customer and a more efficient
Meanwhile, three new flight training schools have been added to
the family, two of them in Canada.
The newest members of the CPC network are:
- Integrated Innovation, Inc., dba Stinson Flight Training
Center, San Antonio, Texas
- Springbank Air Training College, Ltd., Calgary, Alberta,
- Exploits Valley Air Services, Gander, Newfoundland, Canada
CPCs are flight training affiliates that use the new Cessna
Flight Training System and Cessna aircraft and offer customers an
array of services including flight training.
“We continue to look for the best quality additions to our
CPC network as part of the company’s effort to make flying
more accessible and to re-energize pilot training,” said
Julie Filucci, Cessna CPC manager.