Following a request from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the FAA has once again made it possible for student pilots to solo on their 14th or 16th birthday, depending on the type of aircraft they are flying. [Read more…]
By ELLEN RANDOLL
OVERGAARD, Ariz. — Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1044 has selected two local teenagers to receive fully-paid scholarships, including tuition and roundtrip airfare, to the EAA Advanced Air Academy summer 2016 program. [Read more…]
During its annual pancake breakfast in DeKalb, Ill., EAA Chapter 241 Vice President Wes Lundsberg introduced Ian Curtis as this year’s recipient of the EAA Chapter 241 Flight Training Scholarship. Ian is a senior at Rochelle Township High School and also attends the Kishwaukee Education Consortium aviation program under director Bruce Griffith.
Ian plans on attending Purdue University.
Officials with Latitude Aviation at Coeur d’ Alene Airport in Idaho report a simulcast ground school kicks off today and runs through Aug. 18 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. PDT.
The new Simulcast distance education is specifically targeted at students attending other schools or working during the day, officials noted. It is especially well suited to students who want to learn the knowledge they need to become a pilot, but for whom it is impractical to attend a live school, officials noted. [Read more…]
Anxious about the new Airmen Certification Standards? Don’t be, says Rich Martindell, and aviation and safety consultant, ATP, CFII and an FAA Safety Team representative. In a new blog post, he notes: “The Airman Certification Standards (ACS) replacing the familiar Practical Test Standards (PTS) for the private pilot and instrument ratings went into effect and the earth continued to rotate about its axis. This should be a fairly seamless transition but I have heard a lot of anxiety and trepidation expressed by pilots in training, their instructors and even designated flight examiners. Most of that anxiety is about changes to the written (knowledge) tests.
There are actually two things going on that are related but really not earth shaking. The first concern I have heard is a fear that the knowledge tests are being completely revised and nobody knows the “new” questions. The tests are being revised for two reasons but the knowledge required hasn’t changed a bit so the ground school to prepare for the written really doesn’t need to change.”
Read the full post here.
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — New from the Experimental Aircraft Association is the Sport Pilot Academy.
The new three-week academy, slated for Aug. 27 through Sept. 17, eliminates one of the top barriers for the more than 60 percent of those who begin flight training and drop out — schedule conflicts that reduce motivation and enthusiasm, EAA officials note. [Read more…]
Ten GA alphabet groups have urged the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs to continue supporting veterans’ use of “their hard-earned benefits for flight training,” by opposing any proposal that would cap those benefits as it considers the Veterans First Act. [Read more…]