WASHINGTON, DC – The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has announced the recipients of its Industry Excellence Awards given annually to individuals, offices, and organizations that have helped improve the general aviation community. Among the recipients is Eric Walter, Chief Pilot at Bemidji Aviation Services, Inc., who received the “Excellence In Pilot Training Award” for his outstanding contributions in safety, professionalism, leadership, and excellence in the field of flight training.
Bemidji Aviation Services has a commercial pilot staff of more than 25 employees. Walter is responsible for all aspects of Part 135 initial pilot training, including airport specific training. He conducts more than 50 checkrides per year, holds ATP and A&P FAA certificates, and has amassed more than 11,000 hours of flight time.
In addition, Walter serves on the Event Review Committee for the Bemidji Aviation Aircraft Safety Action Program, and oversees the program that provides Air Attack Platform aircraft to the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Interior and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for wildfire suppression. Bemidji Aviation’s safety and performance record is a testament to his devotion.