Gena Adams

Chief Flight Instructor


Our flight instructor group is led by Gena Adams our Chief Flight Instructor. Gena grew up in the beautiful state of New Hampshire and learned how to fly at SkyBright when she was 19, earning her Private Pilot Certificate in 1997. She started her aviation career at Sky Bright/Laconia Flight Academy in 2001 and has been employed by SkyBright/Laconia Flight Academy for 21 years. Gena holds a CFII, MEI, and AGI for her instructing certificates as well as a multi engine Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. Gena also has four type ratings on her ATP certificate to include the Cessna Citation 500 series (CE-500), the Bombardier Lear 60 (LR-60), Embrear Phenom 300 (EMB-505), and the Cessna Citation Latitude (CE-680AS).

She has over 7,000 hours of total flight time with over 2,000 hours of flight instruction given. Gena followed the corporate path with her career that was started here at Sky Bright flying Beech Barons and King Airs on charter as well as flight instructing in many Piper, Cessna, and Beech aircraft.

Mark Donovan

Assistant Chief Flight Instructor


Mark Donovan was introduced to flying at a very early age while hanging out at Hyde Field in Clinton, Maryland, where his father worked part-time as an A&P mechanic and flew as a private pilot. In 2011 Mark finally got around to earning his own Private Pilot Certificate. He immediately continued on with his training, acquiring his Instrument, Commercial, CFI and CFII ratings in both ASEL and ASES (Airplane Singe Engine Land and Sea) Category/Classes. He also has his commercial AMEL (Airplane Multi Engine Land) rating, and holds high performance, complex and tailwheel endorsements.  Mark has over a 1,000 hours of total flight time, and has worked as a flight instructor at Sky Bright since 2019, where he possess a 100%  student pass rate and has given over 500 hours in total flight instruction.

Mark is also a Captain in the NH Wing Civil Air Patrol, where he is a Mission Pilot and Instructor/Check-pilot. When he is not providing flight instruction or on a sortie mission with CAP, he can often be found flying his PA18-150 Piper Super Cub.


Karen Mitchell

Certified Flight Instructor


Karen is a New Hampshire native and all around aviation enthusiast. She joined the Laconia Flight Academy team in 2021 as a certified flight instructor after a career as a high school science teacher.

As a member of the 99s and Women in Aviation International, Karen is very pleased to introduce girls and women to aviation, and help any aspiring aviator to find resources and scholarships to fuel their passion.

She is president of WinnAero, a local non-profit dedicated to STEM education through aviation and aerospace, and teaches at their summer camps for students in grades 3-12 at Laconia Airport every July.

Karen lives in New Hampton with her husband and two great teenage kids.


George Howarth

Certified Flight Instructor