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July 25, 2013
By Dan Namowitz
The Air Safety Institute and the American Bonanza Society have joined forces to make it easier for pilots participating in the Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program (BPPP) to complete the required six hours of ground instruction. Pilots now have the option of taking up to three Air Safety Institute online courses to meet the ground instruction requirements.
Satisfying the ground instruction requirement allows pilots to qualify for four hours of flight instruction from a BPPP-accredited instructor, and receive a discount on their aircraft insurance.
Pilots can choose to take up to three free online Air Safety Institute courses, and at least three Bonanza Pilot Proficiency Program live courses available at either EAA AirVenture or AOPA Aviation Summit—for a total of at least six courses—to qualify for the instructional flight, said Thomas Turner, executive director of the American Bonanza Society’s Air Safety Foundation.
As explained in detail on this form, pilots can attend ABS Tent Topics seminars at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., or ABS Seminars offered at the 2013 AOPA Aviation Summit, Oct. 10 through 12 in Fort Worth, Texas, and choose from 17 selected Air Safety Institute online courses. The form contains instructions for emailing the required information to the American Bonanza Society to receive credit for the completed ground training.
The American Bonanza Society will email qualified pilots instructions for scheduling an instructional flight near their home. The cost for the instructional flight is $395.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
Safety and Education,
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