AOPA reveals Flight Training Excellence award winners

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.

AOPA has recognized Paragon Flight of Fort Meyers, Florida, as the 2014 Best Flight School and Spencer Watson of Manassas, Virginia, as the 2014 Best Flight Instructor. Ten additional flight schools and 10 instructors were named “Outstanding” by AOPA as a result of the poll results.

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Jerrie Mock dies at 88

Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the globe, died in her sleep Tuesday, Sept. 30, at her home in Quincy, Florida. She was 88. Mock was 38 and a stay-at-home mother of three living in Ohio when she took off from Port Columbus Airport on March 19, 1964, in the “Spirit of Columbus,” an 11-year-old, single-engine Cessna 180. She completed the round-the-world adventure in 29 days. Read her full obituary here.

A type club for backcountry pilots


New to backcountry flying and want a great place to find out how to get started? Or are you a veteran backcountry pilot looking for like-minded souls?

Whichever you may be, you are in luck. There’s a meeting place on the web that was created just for you: Started in 2004 by software developer and backcountry pilot Zane Jacobson, the website features news, stories, tips, and a forum for pilots to share information.
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