Press Release

Paragon Flight Training continues student-focused momentum, announces repeat win of AOPA’s Distinguished Flight School award

2023 award follows numerous recent enhancements to Paragon Flight’s fleet, curriculum and technology

Fort Myers, Fla. —February 27, 2023 —Paragon Flight Training, an award-winning flight training academy based at Page Field in Fort Myers, Florida, is pleased to announce it has been recognized by The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the world’s largest aviation association, as a Distinguished Flight School.

The AOPA award is based on flight training experience surveys completed in the fall of 2022 by students and pilots of all experience levels who collectively evaluated 608 different flight schools and 1,153 individual flight instructors. Paragon Flight Training President and owner Chris Schoensee was thrilled to receive news of the company’s latest award.

“This award, above all others, means the most to our team because it is direct feedback from our students on their training program,” Schoensee said. “At Paragon, the student experience is at the heart of every decision and investment we make. To receive the AOPA Distinguished Flight School honor multiple times over the years indicates that we are staying true to our commitment of offering an exceptional training experience, even through periods of tremendous growth as we saw in 2022.”

The AOPA student and pilot surveys were conducted in a year that saw Paragon Flight making impactful enhancements to its training capabilities, including:

The Flight Training Experience Survey was created to highlight the best flight training the industry has to offer, noting awardees’ high standards of accomplishment and commitment to a positive training experience. More information can be found on the Flight Training Experience Awards here.

About Paragon Flight Training

Paragon Flight is an award-winning flight academy headquartered at Page Field in Fort Myers, Florida. With FAA and SEVIS accreditations, a fleet of 30 aircraft and advanced simulator technology onsite, the company trains commercial, professional, and recreational pilots as well as offering military pilot training for domestic and foreign governments. The company completed a 28,000-combined-square-foot learning center expansion in November 2022. Learn more at

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