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Don’t cook the books
Keeping correct maintenance records for your fleet’s aircraft can be tedious and time-consuming, but failure to do that can have unpleasant consequences for your customers and you. Don’t think it can come to that? FAA Designated Examiner Jason Blair shares an example of a flight school whose shoddy practices had severe consequences. READ MORE ›
FAA revises system for issuing student pilot certificates
An update of the Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application system should reduce the processing time involved to acquire a student pilot certificate from two weeks to less than a week. The update makes a temporary, printable certificate available after a short interval for security vetting. The temporary ticket will be valid for 120 days, during which time the student pilot certificate should arrive. READ MORE ›
Redbird Migration fosters ideas, creates enthusiasm
Part customer meeting, part big-idea conference, part team-building retreat, this year’s Redbird Migration Flight Training Conference was an event unique to aviation. The sixth annual Migration in San Marcos, Texas, featured everything from a model airplane building contest to hosting AOPA’s Flight Training Excellence Awards. READ MORE ›
Alsim releases new advanced simulator
Alsim Flight Training Solutions has introduced its newest flight simulation training device. The AL250 was designed to meet the needs of aviation colleges, universities, and flight schools. It can be configured as a single-engine or multiengine piston aircraft. The cockpit instrumentation display is configurable with a single click to either round dials or glass panel. The design features a semicircular screen, three projectors, and image distortion software that offers a 250-degree high-definition panoramic view from the cockpit. For more information, see the website.
Arkansas taps Air Safety Institute for recurrent CFI training
The Arkansas State Department of Aeronautics chose the AOPA Air Safety Institute to provide the state’s certificated flight instructors with recurrent training in Jacksonville on Feb. 11 and 12, 2017. The two-day, in-person flight instructor refresher course will be available to about 125 CFIs. READ MORE ›
Kansas State University expands training fleet
The Kansas State University aviation program has added four Beechcraft Bonanza G36 aircraft to its training fleet. Delivery of the final aircraft took place in mid-October, bringing the fleet’s total to 34. The Bonanzas will be used primarily by students training for the commercial and certificated flight instructor certificates. The airplanes are equipped with Garmin G1000 avionics and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast systems.
Local airport support
Sometimes airport administrators are highly supportive of the businesses on the field—and sometimes the relationship is more contentious. What’s the story at your airport? Tell us in this week’s survey.
In the Nov. 1 issue, we asked whether your flight school operates under Part 61 or Part 141. Here are the results:
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Here come the holidays
Christmas decorations started popping up just after Halloween, so you know what that means: It’s time to promote your "gift of flight" campaign. And why stop at an introductory flight lesson? Ed Helmick has several suggestions for gift packages that range from an intro flight to a first solo. READ MORE ›
Getting customer feedback is an excellent way to keep improving your business. But how about feedback for yourself? "Getting feedback is simple, but criticism is sparse when you’re at the very top of the totem pole," said Elle Kaplan of LexION Capital. Don’t be afraid to ask your staff what your strengths are and what you could improve. "Taking constructive feedback in stride is one of the most powerful ways you can grow as a leader," said Kaplan in a Small Business Trends article, "9 Ways CEOs can Best Hone their Leadership Skills."
Due diligence
Would you hire a CFI without checking his or her credentials? That’s exactly what a South Carolina flight school did—and the outcome wasn’t good. David Jack Kenny explains how the flight school’s failure to conduct even a minimal background check on a CFI applicant led to a wrongful death lawsuit. READ MORE ›
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