NTSB slates safety seminar on accidents during flight training

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Did you know that an aspiring pilot is less likely to have an accident while training than after earning a pilot certificate? Nevertheless, officials with the National Transportation Safety Board say they’ve developed an understanding of when and how training accidents are likely to occur, both through its own investigations and through industry and government research identifying risks involved in both solo and dual instructional flights.

That’s why officials are presenting a seminar highlighting the lessons learned from NTSB’s accident investigations involving instructional accidents. The goal of the July 11 seminar is to give the GA community the tools to decrease the rate of training-related accidents, NTSB officials said. [Read more…]

AOPA Foundation offers scholarships

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation is offering scholarships from two programs for those who are learning to fly, and those who want to learn someday.

The foundation will award 25 scholarships, ranging from $2,500 to $12,000, in 2015. At the same time, the AOPA Foundation’s AV8RS program – comprised of teens ages 13-18 – will offer $15,000 in financial assistance for aviation education. [Read more…]

Bricks mark aviation milestone

Cole Harris

By ELIZABETH WALKER

The inscribed bricks at the walkway entrance to the Central Florida Aerospace Academy on the SUN ’n FUN campus on Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (KLAL) in Florida mark a significant date for a small group of students at the school. Each of the red bricks commemorates a student’s first solo.

So far, 28 bricks have been laid and the numbers will climb steadily with each yearly dedication. [Read more…]