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Sunglasses help defend a pilot’s most important sensory asset: vision. A quality pair of sunglasses is a basic necessity in the cockpit to enhance performance. In addition to reducing the impacts of unforgiving sunlight, sunglasses also decrease eye fatigue and provide protection for the ocular tissues from exposure to
By Mike Bliss  When we first learned to drive, we were taught the importance of defensive driving. We learned how to develop the habit of anticipating situations before they happened and to be prepared to take action as we identified hazards in our path.  These same skills are equally
By Ian Dasho As most pilots in airline academy and flight instructors who have completed a certified flight instructor course know, the airplane is not an ideal classroom. Fun but not ideal. Simulators can provide a practical learning environment, free of stress and distractions, which will allow student pilots
Building a new life together, Jonathan and Janette Mason, of McKinney, Texas, discovered that beyond their love for each other, they shared a passion for flight. Just months after tying the knot, Jonathan encouraged his bride to pursue her 15-year dream of becoming a pilot, then decided he’d like
By Tim Genc Recently, we had a former graduate send us a coupon he had found in a very old aviation publication. It advertised an hour-long airplane ride for $5. We had a good chuckle over the clipping and talked a little bit about aviation and the industry. As
In our history as American Flyers, we have been blessed to have many wonderful, long-term employees. From instructors, to operations staff, to mechanics, there are many people over the yearsthat have contributed to the overall success and longevity of this company. I, myself, have had the pleasure of traveling
By Tim Genc  It is widely accepted that in theory – his iPhone was still on Spain-time, so we’re not exactly sure – Christopher Columbus sighted and landed in the Bahamas in mid-October, 1492. He navigated across the Atlantic and found an island he named San Salvador, thus marking
By Rick Farmer A question I have heard asked many times, by those who want to become a commercial pilot or private pilot or just like flying, is “how long will the battery last if the alternator fails?” Well, this question is very hard to give an accurate and
The development of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) or GPS has upgraded the accuracy of the Airways around the world. The WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) was added to the GPS to further enhance the positional accuracy. Using an advanced FMS (Flight Management System), today’s airplanes are capable to fly
By Ian Dasho For many pilots, whether just starting out or completing a CFI academy, this time of year means that they are either preparing to go back to school or preparing others to go back to school. Either way, American Flyers knows that from mid-August to mid-September many
By Ian Dasho During a recent conversation with a longtime pilot, I discovered that it wasn’t just pilots who, whether in a flight instructor renewal course or airline academy, love the portability of the American Flyers’ Simulator in a Box. Family members do too! This particular pilot, let’s just
Pilot’s Digest: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Leslie Dunn: I work as a physician. I have a dense schedule. I met a person who told me about American flyers and encouraged me to go in to visit the school. I’m glad I did. PD: How did you