Man earns commercial license

James Eakle, left, of Morgantown, West Virginia recently earned his Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot Certification with Cherokee Flight at Cherokee Country Regional Airport. He is shown with flight instructor Bruce Allen.

Cherokee Flight, a flight school based out of Cherokee County Regional Airport, has been recognized for excellence by The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) - the world’s largest aviation association.

Cherokee Flight has been awarded a spot on the 2019 Flight Training Experience Awards as a Distinguished Flight School, a title given to high scoring flight schools from AOPA’s annual Flight Training Experience Survey. AOPA’s Flight Training Experience Awards were created to highlight the best flight training the industry has to offer.

“Creating a genuine bond with a customer is crucial to creating a positive flight training experience,” said Chris Moser, AOPA’s senior director of flight training education. “Based on the direct feedback we received in the survey, there is no doubt that this year’s winners have connected in a powerful way to their customers. These flight training providers are doing it right.”

The 2019 awards were drawn from flight students and pilots who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience last summer through an AOPA online customer satisfaction survey. This is the third year in a row that Cherokee Flight has been recognized nationally. Moreover, this year, not only was the school was recognized but the AOPA also recognized Cherokee Flight’s chief instructor, Bruce Allen, as a distinguished CFI (Certified Flight Instructor). Cherokee Flight was one of two schools from Georgia receiving this national recognition while Allen was one of three Georgia flight instructors honored with this distinction. Information about flight training with Cherokee Flight is available at

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