New airman standards take effect June 15
New airman certification standards affecting applicants for a private pilot certificate or instrument rating for airplanes take effect June 15. They can be reviewed on the FAA’s airman testing website, which also features an online safety course to help pilots familiarize themselves with the new standards. Read more >>
AOPA announces more than $156,000 in scholarships
AOPA is offering more than 40 scholarships this year worth more than $156,000. Funds for training are available for ages 16 and up. Tell your flight instructors and your customers that it’s time to submit an application. Read more >>
EAA to host Sport Pilot Academy
The Experimental Aircraft Association plans to train a small number of pilots to “fly the Oshkosh way” at its inaugural EAA Sport Pilot Academy. Participants will earn a sport pilot certificate in three weeks beginning Aug. 27. The $9,999 price for the package includes flight and ground instruction, plus guest speakers, EAA AirVenture Museum and behind-the-scenes tours, flight experiences in a variety of association aircraft, a tour of an air traffic control tower, and more.
Robinson Cadet certified
Robinson Helicopter Co. is ready to sell its two-seat R44 Cadet following FAA certification announced in May. The two-seat trainer shares the airframe, rotor system, and Lycoming engine of the R44 Raven, minus two seats, and is priced to appeal to the training market. Other features include a lower weight and derated power to give the Cadet more performance margin at higher altitudes.
New Remos LSA takes first flight
Remos AG conducted the maiden flight of its new light sport aircraft, the Remos GXiS, in Pasewalk, Germany, May 26. Flight tests for European LSA certification are next for the airplane, which is powered by a Rotax 912 iS Sport fuel-injected engine. The company said it plans to offer the aircraft in the United States as an ASTM-compliant LSA.
10 things you must know before starting a flight school
So you want to take the plunge and start your own flight school? Here are 10 things you absolutely must know, starting with the notion that flight schools are like restaurants—they tend to be lifestyle choices, not great financial assets. Read more >>
How many CFIs?
In this week’s poll, we’d like to know how many flight instructors you have on staff—full-time, part-time, and contract. Take the poll >>
In the May 31 issue, we asked whether you host aviation camps for middle- and high-school students in the summer months. Here are the results:
Feedback you need; recognition you deserve
AOPA’s 2016 Flight Training poll is open. How can you get your customers to participate? Use our package of provider resources—everything you’ll need from a strategy timeline, to a sample customer email, to sample social media announcements. Read more >>
Want to learn some valuable business lessons? Look no further than the U.S. Marine Corps. “Their website explains the 14 leadership traits—such as justice, judgment, endurance, and loyalty—that facilitate their success,” Julia Neumer said in the Huffington Post. She said the Marines exemplify three traits that are particularly valuable in the business world: integrity, dependability, and enthusiasm.
Margins of safety
Portable electronic devices intended to enhance situational awareness with moving maps and terrain warnings should enhance safety—right? Unfortunately, a review of data found that accidents involving controlled flight into terrain have increased, suggesting that the devices may be prompting some pilots to push their comfort zones too much. Read more >>
Editor: Jill W. Tallman
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