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Aviation Adventures awarded AOPA Presidential CitationAviation Adventures awarded AOPA Presidential Citation

Virginia flight school celebrates 30 years of praiseVirginia flight school celebrates 30 years of praise

Editor's note: This article was updated June 27 to correct the 2016 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year award that Bob Hepp received. We regret the error.

A Virginia flight school that has maintained a presence as one of the top aviation learning environments in the United States was recognized with an AOPA Presidential Citation.

Bob Hepp, the founder of Aviation Adventures, was presented an AOPA Presidential Citation by AOPA Air Safety Institute Executive Director Richard McSpadden on behalf of AOPA President Mark Baker. Photo courtesy of Aviaiton Adventures.

“It was entirely unexpected, but enormously appreciated,” wrote an exuberant Bob Hepp, the founder of Aviation Adventures, the mid-Atlantic flight school that is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary. “I have a very deep respect for the significance of the AOPA Presidential Citation. To be counted in the ranks of previous recipients is very humbling,” he wrote to AOPA President Mark Baker.

“As founder of one of the nation’s premiere flight schools, you have helped launch hundreds if not thousands of skilled, safe pilots; promoted best practices in flight training; and generously shared your knowledge and time with aviators, instructors, and flight schools across the country,” the citation noted.

AOPA Air Safety Institute Executive Director Richard McSpadden, who presented the award to Hepp in person, said that he enjoyed meeting “the many people who’ve been impacted” by Hepp, who is praised by students and industry professionals alike.

The gregarious champion of general aviation education said he was humbled when he received the 2012 AOPA Flight Training Outstanding Flight School award; students have bestowed accolades upon him and his team of instructors every year since.

Hepp and Aviation Adventures were awarded AOPA Flight Training Excellence awards from 2012 through 2016, and AOPA Flight Training Experience awards in 2017 and 2018. He was also recognized as the General Aviation Awards 2016 National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year.

The flight school is headquartered in Manassas and has expanded over the years to include locations across Virginia in Leesburg, Warrenton, and Stafford.

David Tulis

David Tulis

Associate Editor Web/ePilot
AOPA Associate Editor Web/ePilot David Tulis joined AOPA in 2015 and is a seaplane-rated private pilot who enjoys vintage aircraft, aerobatic flying, and photography.
Topics: Pilot Training and Certification, Flight Training, Aviation Education Programs

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