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VOL. 8-ISSUE 1-1/9/2018
Flight School Spotlight:
Inflight Pilot Training
You and your customers want the latest technology, but trading out your fleet for glass cockpits is probably not feasible. This Midwest flight school has created a cost-effective solution that might also work for you. READ MORE ›
Legislation promotes aviation career paths for women
A bipartisan Senate bill aims to draw more women into aviation by encouraging the industry to help them pursue careers. Sponsored by Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), the proposed Promoting Women in the Aviation Workforce Act would direct the FAA to establish an advisory board to promote organizations and programs that provide education, training, mentorship, outreach, and recruitment of women in the industry, among other provisions. READ MORE ›
FSANA collecting data on examiner fees
The Flight School Association of North America (FSANA) would like to know how much examiners earn for checkrides in your area. The association has posted an online survey to seek out information on fee variations across the United States. Input is requested from CFIs, designated pilot examiners, and anyone who has taken a practical test in the recent past. Data will be kept anonymous, and survey results will be shared in upcoming FSANA publications. To participate in the survey, go to the website. The deadline to respond is Feb. 2.
Flight school, aircraft manufacturer accepting bitcoin payments
Jumping on the cryptocurrency wave, Revolution Aviation in Santa Ana, California, said it has begun accepting bitcoin payment from customers. Revolution Chief Executive Officer Mark Robin said the ability to use the global bitcoin service provider BitPay helped facilitate the decision, because of its ability to limit the amount of bitcoin accepted per transaction and to make immediate deposits to users’ bank accounts in their chosen currency, according to Vertical magazine. Meanwhile, CubCrafters in Yakima, Washington, has begun accepting bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a payment method for new and pre-owned aircraft and aircraft kits.
Vulcanair four-place trainer gets FAA type certificate
A $259,000 Italian aircraft has received a utility category type certificate from the FAA, clearing another hurdle to compete in the U.S. training marketplace. The Vulcanair, a four-place, high-wing, Cessna 172 look-alike, was introduced at the 2017 EAA AirVenture. READ MORE ›
Illinois’ Waukegan National Airport opens free access
One of AOPA’s most complained-about locations with regard to FBO prices and fees, Waukegan National Airport in Illinois recently began advertising free tiedowns for transient aircraft, alternative ramp access, and lower prices for self-serve avgas. While airport officials maintain Waukegan has always had access, they acknowledged that those options were not communicated well. READ MORE ›
Airman sets record for solo flight at Okla. flight school
A senior U.S. Air Force airman learning to fly in Altus, Oklahoma, soloed in seven hours. Kaylan Fullerton is a load drop master at Altus Air Force Base as part of a temporary duty station. Fullerton is learning to fly at Red River Flight Academy at Altus/Quartz Mountain Regional Airport (AXS). He said he prepared for his lessons by using a desktop simulator and watching videos. As a load master, Fullerton already knows the importance of weight and balance and was familiar air traffic control procedures and proper radio communications, according to the Altus Times.
We’re two years out from the January 2020 deadline to equip aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out. Has your flight school equipped its fleet with ADS-B Out? Take the survey.
In the Dec. 12, 2017, issue, we wanted to know how your aircraft fleet has changed in the last 12 months.

<em>Flight School Business</em>
Let your customers tell your story
Credible testimonials can do more to bring in new customers than just about anything. William Woodbury outlines how you can get these valuable promotions, how you can use them, and what not to do when creating testimonials. READ MORE ›
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? How about for your business? Biznessapps writer Kimberly de Silva gives you nine to consider, ranging in difficulty from “I will learn how to delegate and do more of it” to “I will enhance my technology footprint.”
See and avoid
The AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Collision Course: Avoiding Airborne Traffic seminar debuts Jan. 10 and explores causes for airborne collisions, identifies high-risk scenarios, and offers strategies for avoiding them. ASI seminars are free to all pilots. Safety seminars qualify for the safety seminar portion of the FAA WINGS program. Find a seminar near you.
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