BERLIN, MD– August 26, 2022– Ocean Aviation Flight Academy, a world-class flight training institution on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, today announced it has been rated a top ten Cessna Pilot Center worldwide, ranking #4 in the list released by Textron Aviation. A total of one hundred Cessna Pilot Centers exist with eighty-nine located in the Unites States.

TOP 10 Cessna Pilot Centers

  1. South Bay Aviation, Inc., Torrance, CA
  2. Sunstate Aviation, Inc., Kissimmee, FL
  3. Anson Air LLC, Sugar Land, TX
  4. Ocean Aviation, Inc, Berlin, MD
  5. Wheelers R Flying LLC, Gainesville, GA
  6. Fly There LLC, Wheeling, IL
  7. Palm Beach Flight Training Corp, Lantana, FL
  8. Horizon Flight Training Center LLC, Chesapeake, VA
  9. Endeavour Flight Training Inc., Opa-Locka, FL
  10. Monarch Air, Addison, TX

“I honestly thought they were calling the wrong school when they told me Ocean Aviation made the top ten,” said Michael Freed, Ocean Aviation founder and president. “I am grateful to my team for their hard work and commitment to passing along our traditions to every individual who enrolls in our program. My flight instructors are comprised of people who first came to the center as students and now have instilled the goodwill they experienced into their instruction.”

Freed also credits the high ranking to the academy’s Discovery Flight offering.

“When people come in and are interested in learning how to fly, we don’t waste any time,” said Freed. We take them on a discovery flight so they can experience with their eyes wide open and their adrenaline going, what it feels like to fly. When we land and they want more, we have them enroll in the program.”

Ocean Aviation Flight Academy is in its 15th year of operation at the Ocean City Municipal Airport. With nine training aircraft in their fleet as well as a Redbird AATD full motion flight simulator, nine flight instructors, and fourteen on staff, they are well positioned to meet the needs of more than seventy enrolled students. For more information about Ocean Aviation, visit or call 410.213.8400.