The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) is seeking letters of interest from NAFI members who are willing to volunteer their service as members of the NAFI board of directors. [Read more…]
The Cessna 172 is the easiest airplane to learn to fly in, according to a survey of flight schools around the world on Insider Monkey. Also on the list: The Cessna 150/152, Piper PA-28, Diamond DV20/DA20 Katana, and American Champion Citabria. Check out the full story here, then weigh in: Do you agree with the list? What airplane would get your vote as easiest trainer?
The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) is asking all pilots to comment on the FAA’s new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes increasing loggable simulator time toward an instrument rating from 10 hours to 20 hours. An earlier effort to implement the change with a FAA direct-to-final rule failed due to adverse comments from two pilots. [Read more…]
The University of Cincinnati – Clermont College Aviation Technology: Professional Pilot Training Program has received iauthority from the FAA to certify its graduates for the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot Certification (R-ATP). [Read more…]
Admission is free. Events and activities will include Discovery Flights, Young Eagles flights, aircraft displays, flight simulators, educational seminars, children’s activities, and more. Hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream handmade on site, and other refreshments will be available free of charge. [Read more…]
Three people with no aviation experience will be put through six days of intensive training, preparing them to be ready to conduct a supervised solo flight at the end of one week. That’s the goal of “One Week Ready to Solo.” The program, launched at SUN ‘n FUN, is a collaborative effort of Redbird Flight Simulations, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Jeppesen, Sporty’s, Garmin, LightSpeed, and SUN ‘N FUN.
We don’t need to attract every kid, just the next kid… or three.
Seventeen-year-old Ella, 16-year-old Jonathan and 15-year-old Benjamin Robbins are passionate about aviation. The homeschooled trio from Ferndale, Wash., have been designing and building their own radio-controlled aircraft for several years. [Read more…]
Learning to fly is challenging for most people. You have to get the money together and put in the time, overcome learning plateaus, and weather, and equipment challenges. Scott Miller from Albia, Iowa, had an additional challenge on the path to getting his wings — he is in a wheelchair.
Miller’s journey began in 2006 while serving in the National Guard. He was riding his motorcycle home from a military drill in Des Moines, when he hit a pothole and crashed. The accident broke his back, paralyzing him from the waist down.
While the accident changed Miller’s life, he said it also made him appreciate life more. “I don’t take anything for granted,” the 25-year-old notes.
Are clubs becoming the dominant force in local flight training?
When Bakersfield Flying Club president Bill Woodbury learned that the club had been named as a top tier American flight school, he was shocked for two reasons: First, he never thought of his club as a flight school and, second, his group had never sought such notoriety.
“Of course I was pleased and honored to learn of our recognition,” said Woodbury, “but to say I was surprised is an understatement.”
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.