Academy instructor pilot recognized
The United States Air Force Academy's soaring instructor pilot assigned to the 94th Flying Training Squadron was recognized as the most active glider instructor in the nation by the Soaring Society of America.
Mark Matticola, also a lieutenant colonel reservist assigned to the 70th Flying Training Squadron, was identified among 400 other soaring instructors from across the country for the honor.
Matticola coaches for the 94th's Advanced Soaring Program which includes the Cadet Aerobatic Demonstration Team and the Cadet Sailplane Racing Team and is one of only 42 SSA master cross-country instructor pilots in the nation.
"I get paid to do my hobby every day," said Matticola. "The soaring program is an outstanding leadership lab for cadets. Aviation experience is just a byproduct of what we do."
The 94th FTS conducts more than 16,000 training and competition soaring sorties annually using 24 TG-15 and TG-16 aircraft.