Legally blind man learning to fly

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Jason DeCamillis of Ypsilanti, Mich., has wanted to learn to fly a plane ever since he was a child. However, he never thought that it would be possible because he is legally blind due to Retinitis Pigmentosa, a progressive condition that slowly affects his peripheral and night vision.

“I have about 20° of central vision now, which some refer to as tunnel vision,” said DeCamillis, a special education teacher and advocate.

Earlier this year, he saw a video online of a pilot who had lost his license due to the same condition, but kept on flying by taking flight lessons.

“I thought, ‘Wow. Maybe I could do the same thing.’ I had just never thought to ask,” DeCamillis said. [Read more…]

ATP Higher Power Aviation receives FAA nod for ATP CTP course

DALLAS, Texas — ATP Flight School now offers the ATP CTP training program at its ATP Higher Power Aviation training center located near the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (KDFW).

In compliance with the new FAA regulation, the FAA-approved course combines ground and simulator training to prepare pilots for the airlines and is required training for the ATP certificate.



Pan Am International Flight Academy approved for ATP-CTP training

MIAMI — Pan Am International Flight Academy has been approved by the FAA to conduct the Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP-CTP), a new training requirement for pilots wishing to qualify for the FAA Airline Transport Pilot exam.

The six-day program consists of 30 hours of academic training including: Aerodynamics, Meteorology, Air Carrier Operations, Leadership, CRM and Safety, plus 10 hours of training and demonstration in a level D simulator.