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VOL. 7-ISSUE 3-2/7/2017
Flight School Spotlight: MCAIR AVIATION
Looking for an excuse to purchase a simulator, or upgrade the one you have? The management team at McAir Aviation has ideas you can use right now. How about trying out difficult concepts and new procedures? Or practicing emergency procedures? How about flying an entire VFR cross-country flight before stepping into the airplane? Or gradually introducing deteriorating weather to see how far the student will go before choosing to divert? And those are just the benefits for primary student pilots. Find out how McAir Aviation introduces the sim to prospective clients, helps private pilots trim five hours from their training, and capitalizes on hours requirements for additional certificates. READ MORE ›
FAA, Santa Monica agree to keep airport open until 2028
The FAA and the City of Santa Monica announced Jan. 28 that they reached an agreement to keep Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) open and operating until Dec. 31, 2028. The airport’s single runway will be shortened from 4,973 feet to 3,500 feet. AOPA President Mark Baker said the association will not stop fighting for the airport. READ MORE ›
Maui flight school owner offers angle of attack deals
Maui Flight Academy owner Laurence Balter believes in the benefits of angle of attack systems for general aviation aircraft. Now that the FAA has cleared the way for more affordable retrofits for the GA fleet, Balter wants to help make that happen. He is working with BendixKing to help flight schools purchase KLR10 units at wholesale prices and provide a rebate to individual customers. READ MORE ›
Safety Alliance offers free education resources
The AOPA Air Safety Institute collaborated with several general aviation companies and organizations to pool general aviation safety content from around the internet in one location. Tell your CFIs about the institute’s new Safety Alliance web page so they can help their clients find videos, safety tips, instructional tools, and downloadable reference materials with topics ranging from aerodynamics or flight instruction to weather. READ MORE ›
F-16 mechanic invents better tool tray
Tired of tools sliding off the aircraft when he needed them, a frustrated U.S. Air Force F-16 weapons mechanic has designed a better tool tray. Tom Burden’s Grypmat is a malleable, form-fitting nonslip tray that stays close without marring the airplane’s surface. READ MORE ›
Orange County drops Signature from John Wayne Airport
The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted Jan. 24 to replace Signature Flight Support at John Wayne Airport with another fixed-base operator. The decision came after concerns about high FBO prices at the airport. READ MORE ›
Helicopter program grounded for Kansas community college
Helicopter flight instruction at Dodge City Community College has been put on hold after the Kansas State Approving Agency temporarily withdrew approval of the program. The decision does not affect any of the college’s other flight training programs, including helicopter programs in Arizona and Utah. A spokesman for the program said helicopter training may be operational in Dodge City in May in time for the summer term, according to the Dodge City Daily Globe
Reading list
This week, we’d like to know if you have read the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s report on flight instruction accidents. Take this week’s survey.
In the Jan. 24, 2017, issue, we wanted to know whether you have a minimum Hobbs requirement for an overnight rental. Here are the results:

<em>Flight School Business</em>
Put a good face on Facebook
Why should you be aware of social media chatter about your airport? To encourage supportive neighbors; to nurture the next generation of pilots—and maybe even get a few customers. Dennis K. Johnson tells you how. READ MORE ›
You’re the expert in your field, and your clients are looking to you to steer them toward information resources. Keep a list of aviation medical examiners handy for when it’s time to make that appointment. Share free online study guides for knowledge tests. And don’t forget that the AOPA Air Safety Institute has quizzes, online courses, videos, webinars, accident case studies, and Real Pilot stories—free and available to all pilots.
Pop quiz
Which aspects of flight training are riskier than others? Take this quiz, based on findings from the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s analysis of 2,401 accidents that occurred on instructional flights between 2002 and 2011. How did you do? READ MORE ›
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