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AOPA member Michael McKendry receives FSDO safety awardAOPA member Michael McKendry receives FSDO safety award

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AOPA member and Air Safety Foundation Life Associate member Michael McKendry, of Windham, N.H, has been named Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year for 2003 by the Portland (Maine) Flight Standards District Office. He received the award at the ASF "Say Intentions" seminar recently in Portsmouth, N.H.

"We congratulate Mike on his achievement and praise his dedication to aviation safety," said John Wood, safety program manager at the FSDO. McKendry has been a safety counselor since 1987.

He has more than 16,500 hours as an ATP with flight experience from fixed wing to rotorcraft: 4,000 hours flying floatplanes, 200 hours skis, 6,600 hours turboprops, and 1,900 hours jets.

McKendry is the manager of flight safety for Alpha Flying, based at Manchester Airport in New Hampshire. Alpha is a Pilatus PC-12 fractional-ownership company with 40 pilots and 15 aircraft. He is directly responsible for the better than 98 percent participation in the Wings awards program among pilots at Alpha Flying, the FSDO said.

His education skills have led him to develop a runway incursions seminar presented throughout New England, write safety articles for a Pilatus newsletter, and create a nonpunitive safety reporting program at Alpha. McKendry has already counseled dozens of pilots this year, the FSDO said.

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