June 21, 2007
After hearing from AOPA and other groups about how new regulations would stifle business, the Department of State has determined that flight schools will continue operating under current regulations for students visiting from other countries for flight training.
"This is a victory for flight schools and for all of general aviation," said Andy Cebula, AOPA executive vice president of government affairs. "The Department of State recognizes that the existing requirements are adequate."
Accredited flight schools that participate in the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor program will be able to accept international flight students under the current J-1 regulations and screening by the Transportation Security Administration. (See AOPA's Guide to TSA's Alien Flight Training/Citizenship Validation Rule.)
The proposed changes to the J-1 program would have reduced the duration of training from its current 24 months to 12 months; required trainees to earn a degree before beginning flight training; and required proof of English proficiency even though that is already a prerequisite for pilots.
AOPA met officials from the Department of State to speak on behalf of flight schools. The association also worked with the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy, several flight schools, the Helicopter Association International, and the National Air Transportation Administration, to ensure the desired outcome.
June 21, 2007
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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