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Luke Byerly – CFI at Scottsdale, AZ (SDL) My favorite part of American Flyers is how friendly and supportive everyone is. No matter the problem, I can always count on someone on the team to help, and if any issues arise, everyone works together to fix the problem. I
This month, we asked the president of American Flyers, Andrew Henley, to share a bit about himself and why he does what he does. WHERE DID YOUR PASSION FOR AVIATION COME FROM? My grandfather, a retired Sears Roebuck executive, possessed an adventurous spirit and found an outlet in the
In the vast expanse of the aviation industry, American Flyers has stood tall as a beacon of excellence, shaping the future of aviation for 85 remarkable years. This extraordinary journey would not have been possible without the unwavering commitment and tireless effort of our exceptional employees, past and present.
American Flyers began training pilots in 1939. Not long after, WWII broke out in Europe, making aviation critical in a new way. Airplane manufacturers doubled their efforts and began producing more airplanes with better avionics, increasing the demand for well-trained pilots to fly them. This was a demand that
In 2024, American Flyers will proudly commemorate a remarkable milestone: 85 years of shaping the world’s best pilots. Founded by Reed Pigman in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1939, we have weathered significant changes, consistently adapting and transforming alongside the ever-evolving aviation landscape. However, amid these transformations, one constant remains:
By now, it is well known that American Flyers Airlines was started by Reed Pigman in 1939. The airline started with DC3s and Lockheed Electras, eventually expanding its fleet to include 727s and DC-8s. During the summer of 1964, the Beatles arrived on U.S. soil for their first tour
Sean Heath first got the “aviation bug” when he saw an advertisement on Facebook for an introductory flight back when he lived in California. He thought, “This will be an awesome adventure! I’ll fly over the beach and take control of an airplane. How cool will that be?” Little
“Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” You’re probably familiar with this quote, from George Bernard Shaw’s 1905 stage play Man and Superman, which is often misquoted and directed at educators. As a flight instructor, we must do and teach. What we must do is develop and demonstrate
Over the years, American Flyers has dedicated issues to employees who have truly inspired those around them to be better. When I speak to others in the flight industry, I am often struck by the incredible talent and rare individuals who have worked for American Flyers over the years.
At American Flyers, we don’t sell fuel and we don’t charter or rent our airplanes. When asked why we don’t rent our airplanes to the public, the answer is simple: we want to ensure our students have access to our airplanes whenever they need them. Our priority is flight
We live in a society of instant gratification in which finding the “cheapest” option is often more important than finding a quality option. The value of education is not always the priority, and this is especially true when it comes to aviation. For many, the hourly cost has become
By Dr. Michael Bliss Chairman of the American Flyers National Safety Board American Flyers has a wonderful history that goes all the way back to 1939. Over the years we have seen changes in the industry and even changes in our logo. You might ask, why was a blindfolded