From student to mentor

This may not seem to be a column about politics, but it is. Because ultimately politics is the art of people interacting with other people in order to get something done. Based on that, flight instruction falls well within the realm of politics. And just like politics in the governmental sense, the politics of flight instruction can be both as uplifting and as infuriating as the Washington D.C. variety so often is.

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CAE online maintenance training courses get FAA nod

CAE has received Inspection Authorization (IA) approval from the FAA for six of its e-Learning maintenance training courses.

The e-Learning courses, which are offered to maintenance technicians remotely over the web, include advanced digital principles, human factors, maintenance diagnostic systems (MDS) and reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM).

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Gleim launches Garmin 530 online training course


Gleim has introduced an interactive online course that details how to operate the Garmin 530 GPS.

The streaming audiovisual presentations give examples and instruction from real-world experience on how and when to use the various features of the Garmin 530. Downloadable reference materials are available to study offline.

The course qualifies for credit in the Avemco Safety Rewards program as well as the FAA Wings Pilot Proficiency Program.

As with all Gleim courses, you can try Study Unit 1 for free. Course access lasts for six months. Price: $99.95.

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Comm1 demo available online

An inside look at the Comm1 Radio Simulator is now online at

The five-minute demo provides a detailed overview of Comm1Radio Simulator’s audio-interactive pilot communications training programs designed to teach pilots how to communicate with Air Traffic Control.

Comm1 Radio Simulator CD-ROMs are created to simulate realistic ATC communications, allowing pilots to master communications with its learn and rehearse format.

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University adds G1000 training suite

Kansas State University Aviation has acquired a Garmin G1000 integrated avionics training suite for the university’s avionics maintenance students and professional pilot degree programs.

“This educational training equipment will advance our avionics program to the next level and improve an already-superior hands-on experience for our K-State professional pilot students,” said Dr. Kurt Barnhart, head of K-State Aviation at the university’s Salina campus. “It will allow K-State Salina to offer an advanced avionics installation class and a G1000 troubleshooting class.”

The suite also will be used to familiarize aviation maintenance students with the system and give students in the flight program a chance to be familiar with the system prior to climbing in the cockpit of one of the K-State aircraft equipped with the system. Students in the avionics program will learn theory and troubleshooting and will lean how to install the Garmin G1000/900X.

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New AMT training products from ASA


The AMT Graphics CD has been updated with full-color images to help educators provide maintenance students with the best learning experience.

amtAMT Graphics-Textbook Images is a CD-ROM of Microsoft PowerPoint slides that includes all of the figures, tables and charts found throughout ASA’s AMT textbooks by Dale Crane. More than 2,000 slides are included, illustrating the entire span of Aviation Maintenance Technician FAA knowledge requirement subjects. The slides are categorized and labeled to make them easy to identify for the chapter and subject instructors want to use, according to ASA officials.

This comprehensive CD-ROM is sold separately but is also included with the AMT Series: Curriculum Guide.

The Aviation Maintenance Technician Series: Curriculum Guide, by Dale Crane, provides A&P instructors and educators course outlines, graphics, color transparencies, and tests. The Curriculum Guide also comes with the AMT Prepware CD so that instructors can use the “Quizmaker” utility to generate all types of exams, pop quizzes and master answer keys using actual FAA questions.

Price: $79.95. AMT Series Curriculum Guide is $199.95.

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