The benefits of being a Cessna Pilot Center just got a lot better. King Schools, which creates exclusive materials for the manufacturer-sponsored training network, announced recently at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, that it is rolling out a host of new student management and tracking features.
King Schools had recently released the Cessna Pilot Center Training System, but the new updates make the process paperless. Instructors can log flights, track syllabus progress, and electronically sign training records all with a new iPad application.
King Schools CEO Barry Knuttila said the company’s goal is to make life easier on the instructor, who often has to jump from lesson to lesson. “We’re trying to make a system that enables the instructor to give feedback immediately,” he said.
The company made several other announcements at the show. Gary Buzel, a former police officer, reporter, and corporate pilot, has been named the new vice president of video production.
Knuttila said King Schools’ drone course is the fastest growing in company history, and now members of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association will receive a $20 discount, and AOPA members will receive a $21 discount on the course.
Finally, King Schools announced that the application window is open for its joint scholarship with the National Association of Flight Instructors. The award goes to a flight instructor to help further his or her education and training. The total value is $18,000, including access to the entire King Schools course library for life, instructor certificate renewals for life, and $5,000 cash.