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.
The school offers primary and advanced flight instruction, starting with a Cessna 150. In addition, Latitude Aviation will be teaching a Private Pilot Ground School through NIC’s Workforce Training Center starting Jan. 24.
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.
If you’ve ever fantasized about being a movie producer, or even starring in a feature length motion picture, this may be your chance.
“Flying Again is a film that any aviation enthusiast would enjoy,” says CFI, small business owner, and independent filmmaker Jason Schappert.
The film is a project of borne of Schappert’s love of flight and his love of instructing. Perhaps more than anyone in the industry, Schappert and his online ground school business, MzeroA, have adapted to the Internet and instructional videos in a big way. He’s engaging, enthusiastic, and driven. And he needs your help.
By JIM CAVANAGH
The fourth annual RedBird Migration Flight Training Industry and Design Conference was a success no matter how you look at it. Held in late October at Redbird SkyPort at San Marcos Municipal Airport (KHYI) in Texas, the weather was beautiful, the speakers inspirational, and the crowd receptive to what can only be called invigorating presentations.
Redbird Flight Simulations is a leader in flight training technology and marketing. The company’s simulators are renowned, with almost 1,500 in use all over the world. The company has also taken the first steps in adapting strong, dependable airframes to diesel and glass technologies, while its training syllabus is designed to cater to Millennials, the latest generation of young adults.
New from ASA is the Learn to Fly Blog, a place for current pilots, students, and future pilots to learn, explore, and share insights on the foundations of flight and flight training. Find out what it takes to become a pilot, learn the fundamental principles behind the wonder of flight, get test-taking tips, share training experiences with your peers, and learn about careers in aviation.
The September/October 2014 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on the world of student pilots and airmen-in-training.
Designed to mimic a true aeronautical chart, ASA’s Plotting Your Course fold-out brochure is loaded with information about how to get a pilot’s license. While this free “chart” should not be used for navigation, it should be used to inspire and inform future pilots that their dreams are within reach, ASA officials note. [Read more…]
Women with physical disabilities are encouraged to apply for full-ride flight training scholarships from Able Flight.