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...]

U.S. Aviation Academy plans move to GYI

U.S. Aviation Academy, a flight school started at Denton Airport (DTO) in Texas, is planning to move to a new location in Grayson County, about an hour north of Dallas.

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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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Embry-Riddle reduces airplane noise with new mufflers

After an investment of $250,000 and five years of research, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has found a way to address local residents’ concerns about noise from its training aircraft. The university has installed new noise reduction exhaust systems and is continuing to conduct research on new quieter propellers in its Daytona Beach campus fleet of Cessna 172 training aircraft.

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First solos for VA students

SEATTLE — The folks in the flight training department at Galvin Flying Services, an FBO and authorized flight training provider for Veteran’s Administration (VA) students at Boeing Field, report that the first VA students enrolled in a program offered through Green River Community College (GRCC) have made their first solos.

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Get a free video of your first solo

It’s the flight we remember all our lives and to help you remember it, Nflightcam makes it possible to record your first solo. Better yet, it will produce a professionally-edited HD video of the experience. Free.

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Air Safety Institute releases unmanned aircraft online course

The AOPA Foundation’s Air Safety Institute (ASI) has released a new interactive online course titled “Unmanned Aircraft and the National Airspace System.”

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Flying above the ordinary

CFII Paul Berge sent along this link to a new video on YouTube from Above The Ordinary, a new website dedicated to getting non-pilots excited about flight enough to get them to drive out to the airport “before our GA airports become ghost towns.”

New high school leverages aviation to the max

Imagine a high school that takes Fridays off and includes flight training as part of the curriculum. That’s reality for some 300 Albuquerque students at the new Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics & Science Academy (SAMS) located at Double Eagle II Airport, according to a report at AOPA.org.  The charter school, located in the building that once housed the Eclipse Aviation jet training center, held a grand opening Aug. 4 as the staff readied the facility for the first group of students.

Stallion 51 celebrates silver anniversary

As Lee Lauderback taxied to the Warbird Ramp on opening day of this year’s SUN ’n FUN, a group of students immediately began pointing at his P-51 “Crazy Horse” and waving to him. He waved back with a big smile on his face. It’s a reaction he’s used to getting.

“Everybody recognizes the P-51,” he said. “It’s an amazing airplane.”

And even after 25 years of heading up Stallion 51, his company at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) in Florida that offers training and rides in the P-51, Lauderback is still that 10-year-old boy who saw Bob Hoover flying a P-51. “I thought, ‘wow, that is so cool,’” he remembered. “I am truly blessed to get to fly one every day.”

And he shares that blessing with his customers, who travel from all over the world for the chance to fly — not just ride — in a Mustang.

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