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For the third time in four years Energy Aviation, which operates flight schools at both the Penn Valley Airport in Selinsgrove and at Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville has been recognized in the top 4 percent of flight schools in the nation in a survey conducted by The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, which is the world’s largest aviation association.

In addition, according to a news release, local instructors Harrison Martin and Dave Hall were recognized as distinguished certified flight instructors, placing them in the top 1 percent of flight instructors nation-wide. It was Martin’s first such award while Hall, Energy Aviation’s director of operations, has been rated in the top 1 percent in each of the last four years.

The association’s Flight Training Excellence Awards were created to highlight the best flight training and the best instructors the industry has to offer, the news release said. 

“This year’s group of schools and CFIs were especially close as we analyzed the results of the 2017 Flight Training Experience Survey,” said Chris Moser, director of the association’s Flight Training Initiative. “It gives me great confidence to both hear about some incredible flight training providers and to see how much their customers truly value them.”

“It was extremely gratifying for us to be recognized again by our students and aviation customers,” Jim Taylor, Energy Aviation general manager, said, according to the news release. “We believe in excellent customer service, quality education, and community relations. It is definitely a team award.”  

“I am certainly glad the school was recognized, but also very happy for Harrison Martin. He grew up in Mifflinburg, started flying with us as a college student, and we held the position open for him until he earned his instructor ticket,” Dave Hall, Energy Aviation director of operations, said, according to the news release. “I have flown with thousands of pilots during my 50 years in aviation, and he is certainly one of the best. To see someone so early in their career earn that type of recognition is quite an accomplishment.”

“It is also a testament to the quality of our students from high school teenagers up through one 79 year old who is taking lessons. They come prepared and receptive,” said Hall.

The 2017 awards were drawn from flight students and pilots who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience last summer through an association online poll. The process yielded an evaluation of 1048 different flight schools and over 2000 individual flight instructors.



officer selected

American Rescue Workers recently announced Valerie Fessler as the organization’s community engagement and development officer. Fessler will be responsible for developing a strategic fundraising plan for the organization while seeking donations to further the mission of American Rescue Workers in Williamsport and Lycoming County. She will oversee the American Rescue Workers development team, leading major campaigns and fundraisers to steer American Rescue Workers’ vision. Fessler’s first major fundraising project will be raising funds for a capital project, to renovate the shelter kitchen and dining room, which serves three meals a day — 365 days a year — to hundreds of men, women, and children.

Prior to joining American Rescue Workers, Fessler was the director of annual giving at Pennsylvania College of Technology and she served at Geisinger Health System as a development officer of direct marketing, and Children’s Miracle Network coordinator.

“Valerie has a heart that will strengthen this organization,” Dawn Astin, the organization’s business administrator, said, according to the news release. “Her expertise in building meaningful relationships between agencies and the community, to help people support a cause they are passionate about, will be a major asset to ARW and more importantly this community. We are so excited to have her on our team to continue ARW’s 85-year-strong mission to meet the needs of Lycoming County as we seek to solve hunger and homelessness.”

Fessler’s employment, a new position at American Rescue Workers, is another sign of the organization’s remarkable growth and the investment American Rescue Workers is making to expand its capabilities and continued outreach in the area.

American Rescue Workers is a church and community action agency who provides hunger and homelessness prevention services to local men, women, and children who are in need. They operate three homeless shelter programs and a social service center, which offers food, clothing, furniture, personal care items and payment of shut-off/eviction notices to prevent hunger and homelessness.