WACO, Texas — When Waco Flying Service began operating as a one airplane, one instructor flight school in 2009, its two-man team had big dreams of improving the services provided to student pilots. They succeeded, and that success attracted investment and some big ideas.
The odds are good you’ve never heard of Lon Cooper. There’s no reason you would have, really. But you should have. We all should have. At least we should have if life is fair, which it is not.
This week on IMC Radio’s “Plane Talk” hosts Derek Lagasse, Jon King Roberts, and Dave Bashy will interview Jason Blair, who just resigned as executive director of the National Association Of Flight Instructors.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Citing economic issues, the National Association of Flight Instructors’ Executive Director Jason Blair has resigned the position he has held since May 2008.
When it comes to teaching students from other countries to fly, it’s no longer good enough to be a Part 61 flight school or an independent flight instructor. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement. If you’re just as shocked as I was to learn this, then read their policy guidance letter.
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) recently presented John and Martha King with the Frank G. Brewer Trophy for Aviation Education “…for their passion and dedication in making aviation knowledge more accessible to pilots worldwide by combining elegant technology with clear, fun teaching featuring courseware that simplifies complex concepts for students.”
Representatives from a group of aviation industry stakeholders recently proposed to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) that it launch a study to gain a better understanding of pilot supply and demand and its potential effects on the U.S. aviation industry and the U.S. economy.
DENTON, Texas — Keeping one of the nation’s largest flight schools up and running requires a steady focus on recruiting CFIs and students. At any given time, there are about 75 CFIs working with 230-250 students in the two training facilities owned by US Flight Academy, a branch of the US Aviation. Training operations are conducted at the home field in Denton, as well as at Grayson County Airport in Sherman, Texas.
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.
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.”