August 17, 2010
By Ian J. Twombly
More than 60 flight students from China have been given a reprieve, thanks to Denton, Texas-based US Aviation. The students previously had been left without a school after Wright Flyers Aviation in Hondo, Texas, closed.
As part of the deal, US Flight Academy, a subsidiary of US Aviation, will purchase the assets of Wright Flyers Aviation, and use the former school’s facilities in Hondo. Wright Flyers Aviation closed abruptly a few weeks ago, after moving to Hondo in April. According to news reports, the Chinese airline that was sponsoring the training failed to pay $1 million in fees to Wright Flyers.
US Flight Academy, which has a contract to train other pilots from China at its other facilities, said it plans to have the students back in the air within a week.
Flight Training Editor Ian J. Twombly joined AOPA in 2003 and is an instrument flight instructor.
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