The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) AV8RS youth membership program has awarded four scholarships totaling more than $22,000 to teens who are pursuing flight training in high school and college. [Read more…]
FREDERICK, Md. – Based on poll results from more than 7,100 flight students, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) fourth annual Flight Training Excellence Awards has recognized Aeroventure Institute in Southbridge, Mass., as the 2015 Best Flight School and Todd Shellnutt of Atlanta, as the 2015 Best Flight Instructor.
Ten additional flight schools and 10 other instructors were judged to be “Outstanding” by their students. [Read more…]
Something interesting is happening in General Aviation. It’s largely being driven at the grass root level, and frankly these developments fascinate and encourage me.
The industry has noted a loss of participation in past decades, with fewer active pilots taking to the skies. We’ve bemoaned this reality for years. While some point a finger at regulatory issues, others single out high cost as a detrimental factor, while a handful of us blame an aging fleet as the reason fewer of us are climbing into a cockpit, firing up the engine, and rotating skyward.
All these factors play a role, certainly. But none of them is truly insurmountable. None are so universally daunting they can’t be overcome. They are valid reasons for concern, but they are not even close to representing the end of GA as we know it.
There is a bright shining light on the horizon, with blue skies above. Truly there is. [Read more…]
This episode explores the dangers of flying in low instrument conditions with a dwindling fuel supply.
The January 2013 accident involved a Piper Arrow that struck trees while attempting to make a dead-stick emergency landing at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. [Read more…]
The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has announced that he is working to separate air traffic control (ATC) functions from the FAA as part of the ongoing FAA reauthorization process.
In his June 15 remarks before the Aero Club of Washington, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), proposed creating a not-for-profit, federally chartered corporation to operate and modernize ATC. [Read more…]
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…]