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Flight School Spotlight: Take Flight Aviation
Feedback, customer service make a flight school stand out
When Ryan Mayo’s original flight school went out of business, he built his own. With no aviation background to speak of, Mayo instead brought a fresh eye to the industry, comparing everything Take Flight Aviation does against companies such as BMW, Harley-Davidson, and Starbucks. His clients—don’t call them students—expect a similar level of professionalism and service, and that’s what Mayo and his team at Take Flight aim to provide. That effort is paying off—Take Flight received the President’s Choice Award in the 2016 Flight Training Excellence Awards. Mayo is shown center, holding the trophy. READ MORE ›
Florida flight school, Maryland CFI win Excellence awards
A Florida flight training business that keeps its customers on course toward their goals, and a Maryland flight instructor who has gone out on her own for the love of instructing, were voted winners of AOPA’s 2016 Flight Training Excellence Awards. Flight Training Professionals, based at Executive Airport in Orlando, and Brenda Tibbs, owner of Bravo Flight Training at Frederick Municipal Airport, received their awards Oct. 25 at the Redbird Migration Flight Training Conference in San Marcos, Texas. Nine additional flight schools and 10 more CFIs were judged to be "outstanding" by their students, while another 60 flight schools and 50 flight instructors were named to the flight training honor roll. READ MORE ›
Redbird announces financing program
Simulator manufacturer Redbird announced a new financing program with Bank of the Ozarks during the company’s annual Migration flight training conference in San Marcos, Texas. The new program enables flight schools to finance new or used simulators directly through Redbird. Depending on the amount financed and the amount of the down payment, interest rates will vary between 6 percent and 9 percent, with terms up to five years, according to a Bank of the Ozarks representative.
Electric trainers to depart traffic pattern
A unique public-private collaboration is poised to prove that electric airplanes can cut the cost of flight training and venture beyond the traffic pattern. The players include two small towns in California’s Central Valley, a flight school, a nonprofit energy consultant, a community college, and Slovenian aircraft maker Pipistrel. They are creating a network of strategically located charging stations that will allow a fleet of four trainers to leave the pattern, thus removing the principal limitation that has so far prevented flight schools from investing in larger numbers. READ MORE ›
American Flyers opens Arizona location
American Flyers planned to open a Scottsdale, Arizona, location on Nov. 1, with an open house set for Nov. 12. In addition to flight training for the private or commercial certificate or instrument rating, weekend classes will be held for FAA knowledge test prep and certificated flight instructor renewal, according to the Scottsdale Independent. American Flyers also has locations in California, Florida, New Jersey, and Texas.
Part 61 v. Part 141
Does your flight school operate under Part 61 or Part 141? Tell us in this week’s survey.
In the October 18 issue, we asked whether your flight school has equipped its fleet with ADS-B Out. Here are the results:
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Getting social
Have you heard that advertising on social media is the next big thing? William Woodbury says it’s not becoming the next big thing—it’s already there. Social media’s ability to take your message to a targeted audience is something that flight schools shouldn’t overlook. READ MORE ›

Want to give your customers a reason to keep flying that will benefit others outside the aviation community? Nashville Flight Center in Nashville, Tennessee, recently hosted a Missions Day to connect pilots with nonprofit organizations that can benefit from pilots’ special skills. The AOPA Air Safety Institute offers free resources on public benefit flying, including an online course and a downloadable personal minimums checklist.
Here we go again
Winter’s challenges are just around the corner for most of the country. Shorter days and colder weather bring advantages and drawbacks for aircraft. Aircraft perform better in colder, denser air, but freezing winds on the ramp don’t encourage a thorough preflight. Longer nights make it easier to maintain or regain night currency, but they also make night currency more important as flying after dark becomes harder to avoid. READ MORE ›
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