Pilot Proficiency Project Scenarios now online


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


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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QinetiQ releases Version 2.0 of its Aviation Data Trainer app

QinetiQ North America (QNA) has released an updated version of its Aviation Data Trainer application. Now available on the iTunes Store, the application provides air traffic controllers, pilots, airport staff and flight enthusiasts a way to memorize and test themselves on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) data sets, or codes.

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Redbird flight training conference draws GA heavyweights

SAN MARCOS, Texas — The Second Annual MIGRATION Flight-Training Conference will feature industry leaders Craig Fuller, president, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Pete Bunce, CEO, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, and Jack Pelton, retired Cessna CEO, discussing the future of the flight training industry.

The conference will be held Oct. 22-24 at Redbird Skyport in San Marcos, Texas to gather flight-training professionals interested in shaping the future of flight training. [Read more…]

Sporty’s enhances free flight training program for Young Eagles

Young people who have discovered flight through the EAA Young Eagles program now will have more options to further explore aviation as Sporty’s Pilot Shop has upgraded its Sporty’s Learn To Fly Course, which is available to all Young Eagles.

The upgraded course is offered at no charge, continuing the program that began with Young Eagles’ access to Sporty’s Recreational and Private Pilot Course. More than 15,000 young people have already accessed the Sporty’s course following their Young Eagles flights.

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