At Height of Flight
By Jennifer Hewlett 'Lexington Herald-Leader'
Arlynn McMahon of Versailles, Ky., is a certified master flight instructor who has trained hundreds of people from all across the United States to become pilots and helped others refresh and learn new flying skills. Pilots who received training from McMahon have been employed by all the major airlines in the world, as well as all branches of the U.S. military, the U.S. Secret Service, and most Fortune 500 companies. “When you’re coming up in your career and down in your career, there’s instruction at each end,” says McMahon. She has been bestowed the title of 2009 Certified Flight Instructor of the Year by an awards program conducted via an alliance between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and over 12 aviation industry organizations. Sandy Hill with the national General Aviation Awards program notes that McMahon is the first woman to win the award in 14 years. McMahon co-owns with her husband the FAA-approved Aero-Tech flight school based at Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport. McMahon is certified to pilot small aircraft, while her proficiency at flying large jets is validated by an airline transport pilot certificate. Her central area of expertise is teaching other pilots to become flight instructors, and she made her first solo flight on her 16th birthday and obtained a private pilot certificate on the day she turned 17. McMahon says she also has received some aerobatics training to learn to handle planes in atypical situations.
September 16, 2009