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Airline Ground Schools, Pan Am partnerAirline Ground Schools, Pan Am partner

Flamingo Air’s Airline Ground Schools and Pan Am International Flight Academy announced a partnership for FAA-approved aircraft dispatch training. The two companies teamed up Oct. 28 to offer long distance online instruction to account for 152 of the required 200 hours needed to complete the dispatcher certification program.

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Students would attend Airline Ground Schools' campus at historic Lunken Airport in Cincinnati for the remaining six days of training. “It’s an attractive program due to the fact that it requires less time off of work and less time away from home, which is convenient and far less expense,” Sharon McGee, president of Airline Ground Schools, wrote in a news release.

Before the partnership was inked with Pan Am, Airline Ground Schools' dispatch students were required to attend six weeks of in-person training, McGee wrote.

Pan Am, which operates a Miami-based training facility for air traffic controllers, air transport pilots, maintenance technicians, and flight attendants, would provide simulator and other training to Airline Ground Schools' students as part of the deal. The company’s international and career flight academies trace their roots to Pan American World Airways' ocean-crossing routes and "Clipper" flying boats popularized in the 1930s.

McGee wrote that the cooperative agreement between Pan Am and Airline Ground Schools was a good match. She said with the addition of the distance learning program, the company has a “global educational program that rivals anything the world has to offer.”

David Tulis

David Tulis

Associate Editor Web/ePilot
AOPA Associate Editor Web/ePilot David Tulis joined AOPA in 2015 and is a seaplane-rated private pilot who enjoys vintage aircraft, aerobatic flying, and photography.
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