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.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.
For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.
Maintenance experts have asked the FAA to clarify whether recurring inspections of Cessna 210-series aircraft can be mandated without following required rulemaking procedures.
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