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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Embry-Riddle reduces airplane noise with new mufflers

Strauss, Oyula, Fisher.jpg: Embry-Riddle aircraft maintenance technicians (L-R) Ron Strauss, Juliet Oyula and Mike Fisher pose next to one of the Cessna 172s they fitted with the new quieter Gomolzig 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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