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By Andrew Henley, Vice President American Flyers Fall is my favorite time of the year. From the leaves changing color to the crispness in the air, fall provides wonderful opportunities for those that want to take advantage of all that autumn has to offer. For pilots, it is an
Choosing where to start, or finish, your flight training can sometimes be a daunting process. When a flight training organization has multiple locations – what’s the best choice? At American Flyers, we strive to approach flight training from a personalized nature by listening to what our students want and
Ask a student pilot what skills are needed to be a pilot and he might say steep turns, stalls, and landings. Ask a commercial pilot and he may say chandelles, lazy eights, and accuracy landings. However, once the ink is dry on the newly won certificate, what are the
By: Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot Every few years, we write an article about what different pilots have or should have in their flight bags. As I looked over some of these past articles, I was amused at how the contents continued to shrink based on technology and new
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,
By: Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot You are 5 years old and sitting in the bleachers at an airshow with your friends or parents. As you look up into the sky, you see the shiny slick airplanes doing amazing tricks in the sky. It doesn’t take long before your
By: Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot You have decided to earn your private pilot certificate. The first half of your training is going well, and you just soloed. Now it is time to get ready for the next step in your training. The solo cross country. This article will
I am often asked, “Why do airline pilots wear a uniform?” The answer is simple and can be summed up in two words: professionalism and teamwork. All of us have worn a uniform at some time; a uniform represents commitment and belonging to a cause, such as wearing your
For over 68 years, pilots and aviation enthusiasts have been making the pilgrimage to the EAA Fly-In Convention. First to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, then to Rockford, Illinois, and then eventually to its current home of Wittman Field in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. During that one week each year, Wittman Regional Airport becomes
By Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot We see many students come through our doors each year to earn their private pilot certificates. The majority of these students continue on to earn their instrument rating. However, when we speak with people who received their private pilot certificates years ago or
By Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot My aviation career started in the ’80s. This was before the smartphone and iPad era. We were fortunate enough to have a flight service station at our airport. Most of the time, rather than calling the FSS, we visited the office. The briefer
By Patrick Connell Legacy, an endowment, a bequest, a gift… These are a few hallmarks of a good flight instructor. He or she endows upon their students a lifelong gift that will forever change them in ways that they had perhaps never imagined. How, you may ask? First of