The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association will create a national network of flying clubs as part of a long-term initiative to facilitate flying club growth, association officials told attendees at the AOPA Aviation Summit Oct. 12. The network is part of AOPA’s efforts to grow the shrinking pilot population, according to a report at AOPA.org, noting that flying clubs offer affordability, community, quality instruction, an entry (or re-entry) point to aviation, and a viable business model. The flying club initiative, built on extensive research, also promotes flying clubs and helps new clubs get started, with a goal of increasing the number of clubs nationwide from 661 to 1,000 in five years.
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.
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.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has added the Jimmie Allen Flying Club Flight Training Scholarship as the fourth award to its Flight Training Scholarship Program. The new scholarship, donated by AOPA member Sarah Wilson who pilots the 1929 Jimmie Allen Stearman Speedmail, will award $5,000 to a student pilot working towards an initial sport, recreational, or private pilot certificate.
Jeppesen now offers digital eBooks textbooks and materials to supplement its training solutions for student pilots, flight schools, universities and current pilots. Available for download through the Apple iBookstore, Jeppesen’s Private Pilot Guided Flight Discovery manual and the A&P Technician General, Airframe and Powerplant textbooks and reference books are now offered on iPad.
Black Sky Training (BST) has begun to build its rocket-powered flight trainer. After 6 years in development, BST’s pilot training course for rocket-powered flight has been reviewed by the FAA and is now awaiting the prototype and certification on its way to training student pilots for flight on board a rocket-powered aircraft.
OSHKOSH — Able Flight pinned wings on five of its newest pilots at Phillips 66 Plaza on Tuesday at AirVenture. “We’ve trained eight pilots so far in 2012,” said Able Flight founder Charles Stites. “And it’s only July.” All learned to fly at the 3rd annual Able Flight/Purdue University joint training project this summer.
OSHKOSH — Continental Motors has launched Zulu Flight Training, with the first location in a mall close to the company’s headquarters in Mobile, Ala. The training location features Redbird Flight Simulators.
The new concept in flight training is designed to bring a structured curriculum to a new demographic, according to Rhett Ross, president.