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VOL. 7-ISSUE 10-5/16/2017
Dear Florida flight school
A flight school can ask for complete payment up front—and more, in some cases—but customers increasingly are shying away from this. If you insist on prepayment, it can be viewed as a sign that you’re in financial trouble. READ MORE ›
New model from Flight Design
German light sport aircraft manufacturer Flight Design has partnered with a South Korean company to design and begin flight testing a new Rotax-powered model. Unveiled at AERO Friedrichshafen in Germany, the KLA-100 is a two-place, low-wing design. Its wing features a drooped leading edge and upward-turned tip, designed to inhibit loss-of-control stall/spin accidents. READ MORE ›
Redbird Migration registration opens
Redbird Migration 2017, a conference for flight training professionals, will be held Oct. 16 through 18 at the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The event includes presentations from industry leaders, small group breakout sessions focused on solutions for flight training providers, and networking opportunities. See the website to register.
Need CFIs? Advertise on our job board
Struggling to keep your school staffed with flight instructors? List your job openings on the AOPA Aviation Job Board. Post and promote opportunities for jobs in aviation and reach quality candidates. A different job will be highlighted weekly in AOPA ePilot and ePilot Flight Training Edition. For more information, see the website.
Fly-in/drive-in symposium reaches out to women
Christina Tindle hosted her first women-only flight training weekend in 2011 because she believes women are not getting their money’s worth out of flight training. This year’s event, to be held July 6 through 9 in Cascade, Idaho, features opportunities for backcountry flying, aerobatics, gyrocopter, floatplane, and more. READ MORE ›
Deadlines approaching for scholarships
May is a busy month for pilots young and old with an eye on a flight training future. Two deadlines are coming up fast—May 19 for the AOPA High School Flight Training Scholarships, and May 31 for various AOPA Foundation Flight Training Scholarships. Share the scholarship details with your customers. READ MORE ›
Does your flight school have leaseback arrangements for one or more aircraft? Take this week’s survey.
In the May 2, 2017, issue, we wanted to know if your flight school offers accelerated training. Here are the results:

<em>Flight School Business</em>
‘Great website! What does it do?’
The fanciest website in the world—or the simplest one—won’t do what it’s meant to do if you treat it like a passive brochure that hangs out on the Internet hoping to get noticed. How can your website benefit your aviation business—and how can you measure those benefits? READ MORE ›
Few businesses start without any debt. Repay loans quickly—pay more than the minimum when you can. The faster the debt is repaid, the quicker you can free up that money for something else. Read more budget tips from FreshBooks.
Training for emergencies
Does your flight school have standardized procedures for practicing engine failures and other simulated emergencies? Do your CFIs pay attention to those procedures? Simulated emergencies can turn into actual emergencies, as David Jack Kenny explains. READ MORE ›
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