KISSIMMEE, Fla. — SunState Aviation at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) is hosting an open house on Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation will award 11 scholarships in 2014 to help support outstanding student pilots. Ten of the scholarships will provide $5,000 each and an 11th scholarship will award $12,000 to student pilots pursuing an FAA sport, recreational or private pilot certificate.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Zulu Flight Training and Continental Motors will hold a “Learn to Fly” day on Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at H. L. Sonny Callahan Airport. Admission is free.
Events and activities include Discovery Flights, Young Eagles flights, aircraft displays, flight simulators, educational seminars, children’s activities, and more. Hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream handmade on site, and other refreshments will be available free of charge.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Pilots who pass the ATP written exam before Aug. 1 of this year won’t have to take the expensive ground and simulator training that will be required after that date.
A surprise bonus is that once you pass the knowledge test, 14 CFR 61.155(d) gives you two years to pass the practical test.
There’s a window of opportunity here, officials at King Schools note. Pass the knowledge test now, and you completely sidestep these expensive new requirements and you have two years to get the certificate. It will save pilots thousands of dollars.
Plus, you don’t need to have the 1,500 hours required for an ATP now. If you think you might have the hours within the next two years, you should pass your written before Aug. 1, King Schools officials advise.
“To help motivate pilots to get this done now,” said John King of King Schools, “we are making it easy on their pocketbooks by offering a 50% discount on our Airline Transport Pilot ATP Interactive Video Ground School and Test Prep course right up until the FAA deadline.”
Many in the aviation training industry are concerned that the high cost associated with passing the ATP written under the new regulations may prevent many pilots from ever achieving this certificate.
“Our discounted price reflects a savings of $150,” commented Martha King. “But the real motivation should be to get in under the wire before getting an ATP becomes significantly more difficult. We want to encourage pilots to get their ATP Written passed now. Otherwise, they may miss an opportunity that will not come back.”
John continued, “We use full-screen, bite-sized video segments, averaging about 10 minutes long. Pilots learn the concepts behind the questions, which is more fun and rewarding than just memorizing answers. Each video segment is automatically followed by a quiz – using actual FAA questions. The course tracks the pilot’s progress and includes a test prep section where they can practice on questions by subject area, answered status, marked questions, or any combination. The program can also generate as many random practice tests as you want.”
King Schools offers a money-back guarantee, officials add.
For more information, go to www.kingschools.com/ground-school/atp or call toll-free 1-800-854-1001.
Kansas State University Salina aviation students now have a new piece of technology to train on thanks to a generous donation from a Wichita aviation company.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Banyan Pilot Shop now offers pilots the chance to use — for free — the FlyThisSim’s Touch Trainer, an FAA Basic Aviation Training Device that accurately simulates performance on Cirrus, Cessna, Beechcraft, and Diamond aircraft.
Designed to mimic a true aeronautical chart, ASA’s Plotting Your Course fold-out brochure is loaded with information about how to get a pilot’s license. While this free “chart” should not be used for navigation, it should be used to inspire and inform future pilots that their dreams are within reach, ASA officials note. [Read more…]
VERO BEACH, Fla. — Piper Aircraft will begin delivering the first of five new Piper Arrow pilot training aircraft to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach, Fla. campus.
Zenith recently shipped its 45th kit for a STOL CH 750 to China.