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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.
The airline business has not always been as it is today. Today’s pilots don’t suffer from airline furloughs. They don’t know what it is like to fly for five or ten different airlines because of airlines going out of business. Today’s pilots don’t know what it’s like to start
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
American Flyers has long been considered the Finish-Up experts and we are extremely proud of our reputation of getting the job done quickly. We can customize a training program to satisfy the most demanding schedule and by getting away from the distractions, you will be amazed at the progress
Thousands of pilots and aviation enthusiasts gathered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to witness the spectacle of high-flying acrobatics and cutting-edge aircraft technology. Before the air show began, pilots and air traffic controllers geared up to provide a seamless and safe experience for all attendees. If you’re not aware, the number
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
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.
Here is a brief timeline of some facts that very few people know about the early days of the flight training industry in the United States: The Wright Brothers’ first flight was on December 17, 1903. Not only were they the first to fly an airplane, but they also
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
By Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot I went to an aeronautical university in the ‘80s and could count the number of female pilots on one hand. Growing up in a house full of women and watching them achieve what they did, I could not understand why more females were