Polk State Aerospace Program Coordinator’s FAA award 50 years in the making

Polk State Aerospace Program Coordinator Mike Courtney has been selected to receive the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from the Federal Aviation Administration.


The Federal Aviation Administration’s highest honor was recently awarded to Polk State Aerospace Program Coordinator Mike Courtney during a ceremony at Lakeland’s Central Florida Aerospace Academy.

Courtney has flown for four major airline companies after beginning his career as an airline pilot in 1967. He accumulated roughly 24,000 flight hours in his 52-year career flying for Eastern Air Lines, Aerosafe Inc., Sun Jet International Airlines and Southeast Airlines. He began teaching at Polk State College in 2013.

The FAA’s most coveted award, the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is given to those who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation proficiency for a minimum of five decades.

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