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December 15, 2015, issue of ‘Flight School Business’ newsletterDecember 15, 2015, issue of ‘Flight School Business’ newsletter

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Vol. 5-Issue 25- 12/15/2015



AOPA honors Flight Training Excellence Award winners

Winners of the 2015 Flight Training Excellence Awards, presented by Flight Training magazine, shared aviation training success stories and accepted silver-winged trophies and plaques for their accomplishments during a Dec. 2 ceremony at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Maryland. The group in attendance included five outstanding flight instructors, two outstanding flight schools, the student’s choice winner, president’s choice winner, best flight school, and best flight instructor. Read more >>

What happened to the PTS? Find out in this webinar

Find out what you need to know about the new airman certification standards at the National Association of Flight Instructors/AOPA webinar, “What Happened to the PTS? An introduction to the new airman certification standards.” The webinar takes place 8 p.m. Eastern Wednesday, Dec. 16. The discussion will explain the origins, rationale, and advantages of the ACS in relation to the practical test standards. Register or join at the website.

JetBlue announces ab initio program

JetBlue Airways Corp. said it plans to recruit potential pilots with no flight experience and provide ab initio training. Bloomberg Business reported that the program would be similar to those used by some European and Asian carriers, and is slated for a trial run in 2016. Candidates would still have to meet U.S. flight time requirements. Successful recruits would fly the company’s 100-seat Embraer SA E190 jets, though the airline will evaluate extending the program to its Airbus equipment after the trial period concludes.

FAA urges pilots to test headsets

The FAA is warning pilots they may be missing important sounds, including cockpit warnings that aren’t transmitted over the intercom, when wearing noise-canceling headsets. A special airworthiness information bulletin issued Nov. 20 urges pilots to evaluate their headsets during normal ground and in-flight operations to determine whether they can hear alarms and environmental sounds when using noise attenuation. Read more >>

Ohio flight school offers drone training, throws in a drone

Flamingo Air Academy will train you how to fly your drone—and include a drone in the cost of the training. The flight school is offering training for hobbyists and commercial operators at Cincinnati Municipal Airport Lunken Field (LUK). The $3,000 two-day course includes a $1,500 drone with a high-definition camera system. “Our primary goal is to train and educate people out there,” Flamingo Air’s Dean Toth told Cincinnati Public Radio. “The new technology is coming and regardless if we like it or don’t like it, we need to understand what the limitations are and what your rights are.”

Training Trends

Holiday gift ideas for your flight school

When family members ask, “What should I get for a pilot?” you can be ready with a list of ideas—including some that could profit your flight school. Read more >>


Glass cockpits

Does your fleet include at least one glass-equipped aircraft? Take the poll >>


In the last issue, we asked whether you offer Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday promotions. Here are the results:

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A family affair

The top flight school of 2015 in AOPA’s Flight Training Excellence Awards wants you to feel at home, and its family-oriented approach to its business is not unintentional. Read more >>

Quick tip

’Tis the season: Add a charitable element for the holidays by setting up a food bank donation box in your flight school. Or, consider organizing a fly-out to a nearby airport around a toy drive. It’s another reason to get your customers in the air—for a good cause.


Flying frost-free

Flight training providers are pretty savvy about removing frost from airplanes, but they should still ensure students understand the dangers of frost accumulation. Read more >>


Editor: Jill W. Tallman

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