Continental Motors expands into flight training

OSHKOSH — Continental Motors has launched Zulu Flight Training, with the first location in a mall close to the company’s headquarters in Mobile, Ala. The training location features Redbird Flight Simulators.

The new concept in flight training is designed to bring a structured curriculum to a new demographic, according to Rhett Ross, president.

“Zulu Flight Training seeks to modernize flight training and to remove as many obstacles to becoming a pilot as possible,” he said Tuesday at AirVenture. “Our goal is to provide a consistent, structured and stress-free environment at a set price to help people obtain their pilot certificate whether it is for a career or pleasure.”

Ross noted it makes perfect sense for Continental, which has been involved in aviation for 80 years, to expand into flight training, noting that to sell aircraft engines, the industry needs new pilots who will buy new airplanes.

Bringing flight training to the masses rather than make prospective students travel out to a general aviation airport also makes sense, he said. Once initial training has been accomplished in the Redbird flight training devices, the students will then go out to the airport where the company’s training fleet is based. “The combination of simulation and actual flight allows the student to achieve their goals at a lower overall cost and with greater control of their schedule than in more flight training environments,” the company said in a prepared statement.

The first location opened in Eastern Shore Centre, a mall in suburban Mobile. Other locations are planned for New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. The company, purchased last year by China-based AVIC International, also plans to open locations in Beijing and possibly Shanghai, Ross noted.

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