Start of a flying career on 16th birthday

Jeff Spahr, a sophomore at Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida, celebrated his 16th birthday March 10 and had something more important on his mind than getting his driver’s license. Jeff started taking flying lessons at Gulf Coast International Flight Academy, Inc. when he was just 14 years old and he became eligible to fly solo for the first time on his 16th birthday.

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New approach to accelerated instrument training

Avia IFR Training Centers now offers an accelerated instrument rating program that combines advanced flight simulation devices, glass equipped aircraft, and a proprietary curriculum that focuses on real-world experience.

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Learn to Fly for Free Contest takes off

South Carolina’s Greenville Downtown Airport, Airwolf Aviation Services, and Greenville Jet Center have joined forces with Greenville Business Magazine to give away a flight training package.

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Sporty’s launches new learn to fly course

Sporty’s has launched a new Learn to Fly Course, which provides learning tracks for Private, Recreational and Sport Pilot – or any combination.

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Celebrating Women of Aviation Worldwide Week

Calhoun Air Center at the Calhoun County Airport in Port Lavaca, Texas, will sponsor Girl Power 2 March 10-11, as part of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week. Airport manager Dianna Stanger will be defending her title after 98 flights in a helicopter during last year’s Women of Aviation Worldwide Week.

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Nine CFIs earn, renew Master Instructor designation

Nine CFIs across the country recently earned or renewed their Master Instructor designations.

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FAA proposes to raise pilot qualification standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA has proposed to substantially raise the qualification requirements for first officers who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. The proposed rule would require first officers to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, requiring 1,500 hours of flight time.

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Insider information for student pilots

A new ebook, “Learning to Fly an Airplane: Insider information from a student’s perspective,” seeks to open up the flight training process and help people interested in becoming a pilot get the most value for their time, money, and effort.

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FAASTeam approves latest CFI forum

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently delivered another in its series of 12 Seminar-in-a-Box products to the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam), this one focusing on Takeoff and Initial Climb.

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Reding joins FlightSafety

Bob Reding has joined FlightSafety International as senior advisor to the CEO.

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