Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Craig L. Fuller recently unveiled a new initiative designed to encourage best practices and recognize flight training providers who put those practices to work every day through the AOPA Flight Training Excellence Awards.
CAE has received FAA Level D regulatory approval for its Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350 Pro Line 21 full-flight simulator (FFS) recently installed at CAE SimuFlite, at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).
Palmetto Sun Balloons, a family run hot air balloon company in South Carolina, will be conducting a Hot Air Balloon Ground School for general aviation private and commercial pilots the weekend of Feb. 25-26.
The IMC Clubs has appointed Victoria Kuo, the chief flight instructor of New Horizon Aviation, to be the Rhode Island Chapter President.
I just watched the Advanced IFR DVD from the Sporty’s Instrument Rating Course. The quality of the video and interactivity made me wish this series had been around, in this format, when I was in flight training back in the, gulp, late 1980s. This isn’t a typical “ground school” video. Its use of high-end graphics and superb video make for a visually appealing viewing session. The chapter on the inner workings of the engine were truly compelling and made it, dare I say, more understandable than looking at a black and white schematic from a book. Sporty’s quality work aside, if you sit back and look at all that this one DVD contained, it is truly amazing how complex learning to fly IMC well is. That little tangent editorial aside, if you are thinking of upgrading your ticket with an instrument rating, or would like to brush up on your skills the Instrument Rating Course (watch preview) from Sporty’s ($265) is a good way to go.
Orlando Gateway Sport Pilot Flight Training Center, a sport pilot flight school, recently opened at Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM) in Florida.
Roger Frechette, a certified flight and ground instructor, owns and operates the training facility along with three instructors. Frechette and his team have nearly 20 years’ flight instruction experience.
The center is associated with Remos Flight Training Center and one of four locations in Florida. Participants can be certified with a sport pilot license in as little as three weeks. The center also offers Discovery Flights, which are for those who want a flying experience as a passenger, for $79 per flight.
For more information: 407-414-8359 or www.orlandogatewaysportpilot.com
Master Instructors LLC recently reintroduced the Aerobatic Instructor Designation Program.
Master Aerobatic Instructor and spin training expert Rich Stowell is now based at Cascade Airport (U70) in the summer. Located 35 miles south of McCall, Idaho, the setting is reminiscent of the practice area east of Santa Paula Airport (SZP) where Stowell has spent most of his time since 1987.
The Finer Points of Flying has brought flight instruction to Twitter.
Founded to innovate the way practical flight training skills are delivered, The Finer Points of Flying now adds to its suite of online educational media by publishing a microblog through Twitter that covers the finer points of flight training.
Hosted by flight instructor and professional musician Jason Miller, The Finer Points blends straight-forward fundamentals of flight instruction with storytelling and music.
Most of the library of videos and podcasts at www.TheFinerPoints.net is available for free.