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Family's legacy: Training, education center opens in Kansas

Article | Sep 11, 2012

The Spencer Flight and Education Center, created in response to a tragic aircraft accident in 2011, opens Sept. 14 with a focus on making pilots safer.

Tips to survive life-or-death situations

Article | Aug 28, 2012

Learning how to manage risks, mitigate in-flight emergencies, prepare for an emergency landing, and exit the aircraft safely can mean the difference between life and death in emergency situations.

New high school leverages aviation to the max

Article | Aug 15, 2012

Imagine a high school that takes Fridays off and includes flight training as part of the curriculum. Ready to sign up? Some 300 Albuquerque students did just that at the new Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics and Science Academy (SAMS) located at Double Eagle II Airport on the city's northwest side.

Vision of Flight program lets youths soar

Article | Aug 09, 2012

Have you ever dreamed of flying? That's the question Orlando, Fla., businessman Michael McKenzie is asking youngsters ages 14 to 17 in his metro area. He offers a surprisingly accessible answer in the Vision of Flight program.

Cygnus connects iPad, sims

Article | Jul 27, 2012

With technology comes complexity. Redbird and King Schools have worked together to try to take the complexity out of iPad apps by developing a device that allows for training on the ground.

Engine company takes flight training to shopping malls

Article | Jul 24, 2012

Continental Motors is taking a new flight school concept it calls Zulu to non-airport locations like shopping malls and promising customers full-motion simulator training on their own schedules, a full syllabus, high-quality aircraft, and a fixed price for obtaining ratings (instead of hourly charges).

Log support for AOPA/EAA medical petition at Oshkosh

Article | Jul 19, 2012

Attendees at EAA AirVenture can stop by the AOPA Tent to express support for a request by AOPA and the Experimental Aircraft Association that would reduce the burden of the third class medical.

Flight training center added to AOPA Tent at AirVenture

Article | Jul 05, 2012

The AOPA Flight Training Center will appear for the first time in the AOPA Tent at AirVenture. Bring with you a future pilot who is dreaming of flying. Prospective pilots can try their hand at becoming an aviator by taking the controls of a Redbird Flight Simulations FMX full-motion flight simulator.

Oshkosh briefs

Article | Jun 28, 2012

Flying High Coffee fuels all of AirVenture If the air traffic controllers, volunteers, exhibitors, and staff working EAA AirVenture seemed bright-eyed, they might have Flying High Coffee to thank. The company has provided free coffee all week to everyone working the show, as well as free samples to AirVenture attendees.

Event at 'hidden gem' takes 258 passengers aloft

Article | Jun 05, 2012

Near-perfect weather and an enthusiastic crowd were an ideal recipe for Learn to Fly Day at the Frederick (Md.) Municipal Airport on June 2. The event, sponsored by AOPA and the airport, drew an estimated 600 people throughout the day; volunteer pilots flew 258 passengers.

Boeing chief test pilot calls for training overhaul

Article | May 24, 2012

Using antiquated methods to learn antiquated technology will not help avert a serious shortage of pilots, a problem that threatens both GA and commercial aviation. Boeing's chief test pilot wants to see technology better used in classrooms and simulators--and for students to stay proficient with their hand flying at the same time.

'For real?' Sporty's sweeps winner stunned

Article | May 21, 2012

Pilots took a break from chowing down on hot dogs, hushed their chatter, and gathered around Sporty's 2012 Sweepstakes G300-equipped Cessna Skycatcher hoisted high in the aviation consumer's atrium--they had a stake in what was about to happen, so silence was essential.

First pilot completes Redbird's experimental training

Article | May 10, 2012

Pilots pursuing advanced training and ratings regularly use full-motion flight simulators; some gain type certificates in sims having never flown the actual aircraft. How would that training format translate to primary instruction? Redbird Flight Simulations is putting an experimental training program to the test at its headquarters in San Marcos, Texas.

AOPA voices concerns about proposed ATP requirement

Advocacy | May 03, 2012

The FAA has proposed a rule, in response to a congressional mandate, requiring pilots serving as Part 121 first officers to hold an airline transport pilot certificate. AOPA and industry groups have voiced concern about the regulation.

Brazilian company scores Redbird simulators

Article | Apr 05, 2012

Redbird flight simulators are migrating south to Brazil after Instituto Arruda Botelho purchased multiple cross-wing, full-motion, and table-mounted simulators during Sun 'n Fun.

VFR in to IMC: Learn to escape the odds

Article | Apr 03, 2012

The Air Safety Institute put pilots' skills at VFR-into-IMC scenarios to the test through a Redbird full-motion simulator at the AOPA Tent during Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla. The goal was to convey the seriousness of VFR flight into instrument conditions and reinforce basic skills - aviate, navigate, communicate.