The National Air Transportation Association has honored Eric Frankl, executive director of Blue Grass (LEX) and Arlynn McMahon, co-owner of Aero-Tech at the airport, with the industry Excellence awards. The awards were presented at a dinner April 21 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
The organization, a public policy group representing the interests of aviation business before Congress and federal agencies, recognizes exceptional individuals and organizations each year that have helped improve the general aviation community by providing excellence in their field and the highest level of customer service.
“The airport board and our community should be very proud of the caliber of individuals that represent Lexington on a national level in the aviation industry,” says Bobby Owens, chairman of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board. “It is remarkable that there are two award recipients from the same airport.”
Frankl received the NATA Airport Executive Partnership Award, which recognizes an airport manager for his efforts to foster relationships between aviation businesses and airport operators. He demonstrated these skills as he partnered with the airport’s fixed-base operator, TAC Air, to create an environment where their business would be successful and poised for future growth.
“I am honored to receive this award, as it is yet another reflection on the board’s commitment to provide the best possible airport for central Kentucky,” says Frankl. “In this case, we wanted to encourage development of corporate and general aviation at Blue Grass Airport. In turn, TAC Air invested $10M in our community and is finishing construction of one of the best fixed-base operator facilities in the country.”
McMahon was given the Excellence In Pilot Training Award for her contributions in safety, professionalism, leadership and excellence in the field of pilot training. She is co-owner of Aero-Tech Inc., a Federal Aviation Administration-approved flight school based at LEX. McMahon has Master Instructor status (held by fewer than 300 certified flight instructors) and is responsible for all pilot training and flight activities.
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