Aerosim Flight Academy’s Hank Coates Receives Veteran of Influence Award

SANFORD, Fla. (September 29, 2014) – Henry “Hank” Coates was named a “Veteran of Influence” by the Orlando Business Journal. The honor recognizes military veterans who have made a significant achievement in their careers, have a strong record of innovation, outstanding performance in their work and are actively involved in the Central Florida community.  Coates serves as the vice president of Aerosim Technologies and executive director of Aerosim Flight Academy based at the Orlando Sanford International Airport.

An accomplished 23-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, Hank attended Officer Candidate School and flight training in Pensacola, Fla.  Upon earning his Wings of Gold, Hank spent his military career as a naval officer and aviator. He flew numerous aircraft and spent two tours directing foreign military flight training, simulations, aviation academics, and flew as a fixed wing flight instructor, as well as serving in the role of senior instructor for new flight instructors.

His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy Achievement Medal, along with other personal and unit citations.

In addition to his military service, Hank holds nearly 30 years of experience in aviation, aviation training, workforce development, resource management, efficiency strategies, and public relations. Today, he is dedicated to the Aerosim Flight Academy mission: to deliver world-class flight training to those seeking to become fully qualified, professional airline pilots.

Celebrating 25 Year

Originally established in 1989 and based at the Orlando Sanford  International Airport (SFB), Aerosim Flight Academy is the only flight school originally owned and operated by airlines; Comair Airlines and Delta Air Lines.  Today, under the name of Aerosim Flight Academy, the rich history of professional pilot training continues with flight training courses approved by the FAA under 14 CFR Part 141 and specialized flight training under 14 CFR Part 61.

Aerosim Flight Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and provides a professional flight training environment based on sophisticated airline standards. The Academy is dedicated to quality, safety, reliability, and performance and strives to turn students into successful airline pilots and exceed the expectations of airlines worldwide.

In its 25 years of operation, Aerosim Flight Academy has provided more than 2 million hours of flight instruction to more than 7,000 pilots and issued more than 20,000 licenses and certificates, while growing its reputation as one of the safest, most reliable flight academies in the world.

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