Tailwheels Etc. wins flight training awards

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LAKELAND, Florida — Flight school Tailwheels, Etc. was recently recognized by two of the nation’s flight organizations. The Flight School Association of North America (FSANA) named Tailwheels, Etc. as being one of the first three “stand alone” accredited flight schools in the country. At this year’s Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Aviation Summit, Tailwheels, Etc. was recognized as one of the top flight schools in the nation. Among the Flight Training Excellence Awards, Tailwheels, Etc. was awarded the President’s Choice Award.

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NAFI to host Teamwork in Training Dinner at AirZoo

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The National Association of Flight Instructors will host a special Teamwork in Training dinner on Dec. 8, at NAFI Headquarters in the East Campus of the Kalamazoo AirZoo. The dinner will feature a special guest speaker, Captain Al Haynes, pilot of United Airlines Flight 232 and his presentation, “Teamwork in Crisis.” Captain Haynes will speak about the story of Flight 232 and how teamwork played a critical role.

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Pilot Proficiency Project Scenarios now online

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In cooperation with Redbird Flight Simulations, the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently made its Pilot Proficiency Project simulator training scenarios available for download through the SAFE website. The same simulator training scenarios co-developed by SAFE instructors and the Redbird team that were employed during this year’s EAA AirVenture and AOPA Aviation Summit are now available to all operators of Redbird simulators.

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AOPA names winners of inaugural Flight Training Excellence Awards

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) named the winners of the inaugural Flight Training Excellence Awards at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif. Selected from almost 2,500 nominations, the awards recognize schools and flight instructors that are providing the highest standard of training and customer service.

The five flight school winners are: Virginia-based Aviation Adventures; Rochester Aviation, Rochester, N.H.; the East Hill Flying Club, Ithaca, N.Y.; The Flight School, Cypress, Texas; and Summit Aviation, Belgrade, Mont. The three flight instructor winners are: Timothy Miller of Leading Edge Aviation in West Jordan, Utah; Kevin Bradford of the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa; and Devan Shepherd of Shoreview, Minn.

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Proficient Pilots Project debuts

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The FARs require a pilot perform three takeoffs and landings within 90 days to maintain currency. Maintaining proficiency takes significantly more time, and often it is a lack of proficiency that leads to accidents and incidents.

During AirVenture 2012, flight instructors from the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) volunteered their time for the inaugural Pilot Proficiency Project. Conceived by SAFE in 2010, the demonstration project was a cooperative effort that involved Redbird Flight Simulations and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).

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