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VOL. 7-ISSUE 4-2/21/2017
TRAINING TRENDS
OVER BEFORE THEY STARTED
Few things are more frustrating for your client than to arrive at the flight school on checkride day, only to be told by the designated pilot examiner that the checkride can’t go forward. DPE Jason Blair spells out how these situations occur, and what you can do make sure they don’t happen. READ MORE ›
NEWS
AOPA seeks FAA meeting on Mar-A-Lago TFRs
AOPA plans to meet with the FAA later in February to advocate a remedy for the economic toll that temporary flight restrictions take on the general aviation sector when President Trump visits his estate in Palm Beach, Florida. No operations are allowed at Palm Beach County Airport, except for aircraft arriving after being cleared in from a gateway airport during a TFR’s effective period. READ MORE ›
Helicopter accidents decrease in United States
The number of helicopter accidents in the United States continues its downward trend, the FAA said Feb. 13. Helicopter accidents have decreased since 2013, the agency said, although it will not release the actual accident rate until later this fall when 2016 flight hours will be available. READ MORE ›
Santa Monica discord continues
A court-approved settlement between the FAA and the City of Santa Monica, California, over the future of its municipal airport has drawn anger and surprise from both airport supporters and airport opponents. The anti-airport side is outraged that the city is forced to keep the airport open for at least 12 more years, while airport advocates hope to change local attitudes and views about the value of the local resource. READ MORE ›
Purdue flight school gets Part 141 certification
Purdue Aviation, a fixed-base operator at Purdue University Airport (LAF), Lafayette, Ohio, has obtained FAA Part 141 certification for its flight school, the company announced. The company, formerly known as Lafayette Aviation, supports Purdue University’s School of Aviation & Transportation Technology but also offers fuel service, aircraft rental, and maintenance. The flight school plans to begin offering classes based on the Part 141 certification and add airline industry collaboration to the coursework.
EAA expands Sport Pilot Academy
The Experimental Aircraft Association will expand its Sport Pilot Academy in 2017, holding three sessions at its Oshkosh, Wisconsin, headquarters. Launched in 2016, the academy is a three-week, immersive training program that features a dedicated fleet of Cessna Skycatchers and certificated flight instructors. READ MORE ›
POLL
Temporary flight restrictions
This week, we’d like to know if your business has ever been affected by a temporary flight restriction. Take this week’s survey.
Results
In the Feb. 7 issue, we wanted to know whether you have read the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s report on flight instruction accidents. Here are the results:

<em>Flight School Business</em>
MARKETING
Get your social media cooking
Has your social media program stalled because you can’t think of ways to keep fresh content coming? William Woodbury gives you 10 ideas to get your social media cooking once again. This is your best strategy for creating an audience that thinks of your flight school as the go-to place for training, rental, and community. READ MORE ›
QUICK TIP
Everybody loves a party. Why not throw one for your flight school? Wings of Wyoming used its 10-year anniversary as an occasion to hold an open house with tours, games, a free lunch, introductory flights, door prizes, and of course ample opportunities to show prospective pilots how to get started. Happy anniversary, Wings of Wyoming!
SAFETY
Don’t you wish you knew?
How do you guard against reckless pilots renting your aircraft? What’s the best way to keep customers from succumbing to get-home-itis because they were racing to return an aircraft on schedule? One is easier than the other. David Jack Kenny explains ›
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Flight School Business Editor:
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Production Specialist:
Sylvia Horne
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