Second annual Learn to Fly Day slated by Continental Motors

FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Zulu Flight Training and Continental Motors Services will hold their second annual “Learn to Fly” day Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at H. L. Sonny Callahan Airport.

Admission is free. Events and activities will include Discovery Flights, Young Eagles flights, aircraft displays, flight simulators, educational seminars, children’s activities, and more. Hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream handmade on site, and other refreshments will be available free of charge. [Read more…]

Zero to solo in one week

Three people with no aviation experience will be put through six days of intensive training, preparing them to be ready to conduct a supervised solo flight at the end of one week. That’s the goal of “One Week Ready to Solo.” The program, launched at SUN ‘n FUN, is a collaborative effort of Redbird Flight Simulations, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Jeppesen, Sporty’s, Garmin, LightSpeed, and SUN ‘N FUN.

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1,000 pilots x $20 = 3 new pilots

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We don’t need to attract every kid, just the next kid… or three.

Seventeen-year-old Ella, 16-year-old Jonathan and 15-year-old Benjamin Robbins are passionate about aviation. The homeschooled trio from Ferndale, Wash., have been designing and building their own radio-controlled aircraft for several years. [Read more…]

Parapalegic pilot earns wings — and the respect of his peers

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Learning to fly is challenging for most people. You have to get the money together and put in the time, overcome learning plateaus, and weather, and equipment challenges. Scott Miller from Albia, Iowa, had an additional challenge on the path to getting his wings — he is in a wheelchair.

Miller’s journey began in 2006 while serving in the National Guard. He was riding his motorcycle home from a military drill in Des Moines, when he hit a pothole and crashed. The accident broke his back, paralyzing him from the waist down.

While the accident changed Miller’s life, he said it also made him appreciate life more. “I don’t take anything for granted,” the 25-year-old notes.

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California flying club named to Top 10 flight schools list

Photo Caption: BFC's Fred Webster, William Woodbury and Janice Sullivan were also named to AOPA's “Top 100 Flight Instructors” for 2014.

Are clubs becoming the dominant force in local flight training?

When Bakersfield Flying Club president Bill Woodbury learned that the club had been named as a top tier American flight school, he was shocked for two reasons: First, he never thought of his club as a flight school and, second, his group had never sought such notoriety.

“Of course I was pleased and honored to learn of our recognition,” said Woodbury, “but to say I was surprised is an understatement.”

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FAA deputy administrator new pilot

FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker, who is responsible for helping to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the National Airspace System, recently took his private pilot checkride — and told officials with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association that he “felt the pressure,” noting it “wouldn’t be acceptable” not to pass. In a blog post at AOPA.org, Whitaker relates that he was motivated to learn to fly for his own edification and because of his job — so he could understand technologies beyond the intellectual level and so he could better understand general aviation issues. Read the full report here.

Teaching a homeless man to fly

CFI and blogger Ron Rapp notes that a lot of people say they want to learn to fly, then pull out the old excuses of no time or money. That brings to mind the time he taught James, a man without a permanent address, cellphone or car, how to fly. James was couch-surfing to save money and rode his bike to the airport for lessons. “Whenever someone tells me they could never possibly find the time or money to pursue flying — or any dream for that matter — I always think about James, and I know the truth: If there’s a will, there’s always a way,” writes Rapp. Check out the full post here.