California flying club named to Top 10 flight schools list

Photo Caption: BFC's Fred Webster, William Woodbury and Janice Sullivan were also named to AOPA's “Top 100 Flight Instructors” for 2014.

Are clubs becoming the dominant force in local flight training?

When Bakersfield Flying Club president Bill Woodbury learned that the club had been named as a top tier American flight school, he was shocked for two reasons: First, he never thought of his club as a flight school and, second, his group had never sought such notoriety.

“Of course I was pleased and honored to learn of our recognition,” said Woodbury, “but to say I was surprised is an understatement.”

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Barefoot flight training in a SeaRey

*Flight PLanning

“We sell fun,” says Helen Woods, manager of Chesapeake Sport Pilot in Stevensville, Md., a flight school specializing in Light-Sport Aircraft and recognized by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) as one of the 50 best flight schools in the nation.

The school operates a fleet of European-made LSAs, but being located next to the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, with hundreds of potential water landing spots to explore, Woods has shifted her focus to the Searey “flying boat” amphibian made by Progressive Aerodyne in Tavares, Fla.

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Hillsboro Aviation sells flight school

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HILLSBORO, Ore. — Hillsboro Aviation has sold one of its three core business groups, the flight training division, to Renovus Capital Partners and Graycliff Partners.

Hillsboro Aviation will continue to operate its charter and sales and service divisions with a focus on charter services, aircraft sales, MRO, avionics services and parts sales.

This next chapter for Hillsboro Aviation includes a new 45,000-square-foot building on 5.4 acres at the Hillsboro Airport to be completed in early 2016.

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