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Happy New Year to our friends, family, and fellow flyers! We hope 2022 was a wonderful year for you and that 2023 brings you much health and happiness. With each new year we anticipate new and different changes in the general aviation industry. Some of these changes are regulatory,
By: Andrew F. Henley, Vice President American Flyers I really enjoy being a part of our American Flyers Airline Academy orientation. If you don’t already know, our airline academy is designed to create professional pilots who will become leaders in the airline industry. In fact, during orientation, we tell
By Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot It seems like today, every advertisement for every flight school includes some type of airline academy. These words are usually surrounded by pictures of large airplanes and different airline logos. Some are quite impressive and even have pictures of student pilots in uniform.
The best way to learn is to try, and try, and try again. “Practice makes perfect” are well-known words we all grew up on. And of course, this phrase absolutely applies to flying. I recently ran into an old CFI student of mine from many years ago. We spent
In October 2018, we published an article titled “Why Now is a Great Time to Become a Commercial Pilot.” In that article, we focused on the state of the industry from mostly a logistics perspective. There were not enough pilots to fly airplanes, and we had record airplane sales.
Quite a few of you have had the unique and challenging experience of assisting a child in choosing a college. Maybe you flipped a coin for children two and three, but picking a college for that first was quite a daunting task. As it was a brand new experience,
If you ever watched the movie “The Right Stuff,” there was a very quick yet telling line that applies to all wannabe pilots. Gordo Cooper asked a reporter if they knew what made their craft go up. The reporter asked, “what?” Gordo smiled and said, “no bucks, no Buck
By Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot When searching for a flight school, your first series of questions should be concerning the average amount of hours that it takes for a typical student to complete their training and the quality of instruction that you will receive. It should NOT be
By: Steven J. Daun, National Chief Pilot Over the past few years, I have written several articles regarding the importance of currency and proficiency for pilots. Depending on the type of flying you do, proficiency and currency come in many different flavors and styles. However, for the GA pilot,
By:  Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot You’ve dreamed about flying since you were knee-high to a grasshopper. You’re finally in a position in your life where this dream is about to become a reality. All your friends and family know that you are training to become a pilot. There
BY ANDREW HENLEY Flying is more than a career or hobby; it is a passion. It is a passion so embedded in one’s soul that the only way to quench the thirst of flight is to take to the sky. You can spot this “thirst” from a very young
BY STEVEN DAUN, NATIONAL CHIEF PILOT Remember that event that fueled your passion for becoming a pilot? If you’re like me, there was some event that took place in your early years that made you fall in love with airplanes. Mine was sitting in the pilot’s seat of a