Pilots who fly into Southern California’s Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) will soon need to prepare for runway closures and construction, as a District Court judge denied a preliminary injunction and dissolved a temporary restraining order (TRO) to halt the city’s planned runway shortening project. [Read more…]
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association‘s You Can Fly program has revealed the 2017 Flight Training Experience Award winners.
Earning top honors as the National Best Flight School is SkyTrek Alaska Flight Training in Anchorage, Alaska.
National Best Flight Instructor winner is Zoan Harclerode from Colorado Springs, Colorado. [Read more…]
Years ago I read a passage written by Richard Bach that has stuck with me. While I can’t quote it, and frankly I can’t even remember which book it comes from, Richard left the impression that flight instruction was a noble calling.
He wrote about the satisfaction that comes from passing on to a new generation of aerial travelers the lessons we learned as we became pilots ourselves.
I read that passage as a non-pilot, professional musician, living in New York City. The avenues there are essentially deep canyons of glass and steel, not hardly conducive to the pursuit of general aviation. But that is where I caught the fever and that is where I started my aeronautical journey. And yes, I was able to earn my CFI along the way.
So far, so good.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of delving into an aspect of instruction I hadn’t considered when I first read the works and words of Richard Bach. But it’s one I’ve come to find tremendously satisfying. [Read more…]
The Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association (AOPA) Fly-In at Peter O. Knight Airport in Tampa, Florida, will continue as planned Oct. 27 and 28.
“Officials at our host airport Peter O. Knight called AOPA soon after Hurricane Irma passed through the state to confirm that the airport did not sustain any major damage and that it could support the two-day event,” said AOPA Director of Outreach Chris Eads. [Read more…]
A new report that reviewed general aviation accidents for 2014 shows that “significant improvements and historically low accident rates” posted in 2013 were not an anomaly.
“Across the general aviation community, we can take pride that our collaborative efforts appear to be having a positive, sustained impact,” said Richard McSpadden, executive director of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Air Safety Institute in the Joseph T. Nall Report. [Read more…]
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA’s) You Can Fly program 2017 Flight Training Experience Survey & Award entries close Aug. 14, 2017, at noon, EDT.
According to AOPA officials, more than 5,400 responses have already been collected. Schools and instructors receiving over five valid responses qualify to receive an official report card to see where they stack up in the industry.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) recently surprised Gary Walters, the recipient of the 2017 AOPA 172 Sweepstakes at Henderson Executive Airport in Henderson, Nevada.
Walters arrived at the airport thinking he was going to meet a potential real estate client. Instead, the line and instructor pilot for Allegiant Airlines who operates a part-time real estate business with his wife found out he won an airplane.
“No way! Come on! You gotta be kidding me!” Walters exclaimed as AOPA President Mark Baker related the news. [Read more…]