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Sinclair Community College Alumnus Soars onto Airport Business Magazine's Top 40 Under 40 List

Sinclair Community College alumnus Michael A. McDougall is being recognized as one of the aviation industry’s brightest young leaders. He has been named to the Airport Business Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 list. The program showcases the most innovative emerging leaders building the future of aviation in North America. McDougall was chosen among hundreds of nominations and is being recognized for his commitment, drive, and accomplishments during his career.

McDougall graduated from Sinclair Community College in 2010 with an associate degree in Aviation Technology – Aviation Flight. He went on to complete an Aviation Administration Bachelor’s Degree and an Aviation Science and Transportation Master’s Degree at Lewis University.

McDougall is currently the Aviation Program Manager for the Aviation Office of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in Tallahassee. His nomination for the Top 40 Under 40 list highlights the “standout achievement in his professional journey was as the airport manager of a public-use general aviation airport in Sulphur, Louisiana. He assumed this role at the age of 23, shortly after graduating from college in 2013. He took the lead in rebranding the airport, ensuring compliance with FAA regulations, and successfully executing the airport's 5-year Capital Improvement Plan. His tenure as the youngest airport manager in the country underscored the pivotal role that airports, including general aviation airports, play within communities.”

McDougall was raised in Dayton and embraced the region’s heritage as the “Birthplace of Aviation.” That passion was fueled while attending Sinclair Community College and working on his Private Pilot’s license and Instrument Rating.

“Sinclair Community College provided the education and skills I needed to launch my dream career in aviation. It’s an honor to be recognized by Airport Business Magazine for my unwavering work ethic, my dedication to teamwork, my belief that no challenge is too big to overcome, and my capacity to consistently meet or exceed expectations to fulfill our agency's requirements,” said McDougall.

Sinclair’s Aviation Technology Program offers 19 degree and certificate programs including two bachelor’s degrees: Professional Pilot and Unmanned Aerial Systems. Over the past five years, Sinclair students have earned nearly 400 Aviation Technology degrees and certificates. Visit to learn more.