Blogger Beckett takes on new role

Our friends at Airplanista put together a great blog post on our own Jamie Beckett, who has taken on a new role: VP of operations for SunState Aviation’s new flight school at GIF in Winter Haven, Florida. Check it out here — and fans of Jamie, don’t worry! He’s still going to be writing his Politics for Pilots blog for General Aviation News.

North Carolina community college’s aviation program takes off

Back when he was just 5, Zachary Harrell would race outside each time the local crop duster flew by his home in outside the little town of Seven Springs, N.C.

“He flew over my house purposely playing with me,” the teenager recalls. “It was from these roots that I knew I wanted to do something involving aeronautics.”

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Jeppesen pilot training textbooks now available in e-books for iPad-based learning

Jeppesen now offers its complete suite of pilot training textbooks as e-book selections for iPad. Available for download through the Apple iBookstore, Jeppesen’s e-book titles include Instrument/Commercial pilot training, Multi-Engine airplane training, and Flight Instructor training from Jeppesen’s Guided Flight Discovery series, and Federal Aviation Regulations/Aeronautical Information Manual (FAR/AIM) and FAR/M regulation reference guides.

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New Gleim Flight Instructor Flight Maneuvers book released

Gleim Publications, Inc. has released a new edition of its Flight Instructor’s Flight Maneuvers book. This 5th edition incorporates  new features to help CFI candidates pass all portions of their practical test, historically one of the hardest to pass, Gleim officials note.

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Aviation Educator Hall of Fame now tax exempt

The Aviation Educator Hall of Fame (AEHOF) was recently granted 501(c)(3) tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service.

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A memorable week at Sporty’s flight school

BATAVIA, Ohio — Ideal fall weather in the Midwest made for a memorable week of first solos and certificates at Sporty’s Academy at Clermont County Airport (I69). During Thanksgiving week, Sporty’s celebrated four first solos, two private pilot certifications, two commercial pilot certifications and a Certified Flight Instructor certificate.

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ASA updates Flight Instructor Refresher Course

ASA’s online FAA-approved Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC), which provides everything CFIs need to renew their flight instructor certificate for another two years, was recently updated.

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NAFI proposes initiative to promote CFI proficiency

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) has proposed to the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team (FAASTeam) a new effort to work together to promote flight instructor proficiency in a NAFI/FAA Safety Team Standardized Instructor Proficiency Recognition program.

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King Schools set to release international flying course

John and Martha King report that King Schools is preparing to release its 24th course targeting the needs of turbine-powered, professional and owner-flown operators flying internationally.

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Stallion 51 debuts new company that offers unusual attitude training

KISSIMMEE, Florida — Stallion 51 Corp. will now offer real-time, real-life Unusual Attitude Training in a specially equipped L-39 turbojet. The new company is identified by the acronym U?T.

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