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I have never met anyone who started learning a new skill with the goal of being mediocre. Usually, when people learn new skills, they are “all in.” That is, they want to learn anything and everything about their newfound skill.   Aviation is no different. People have been getting the
Did you know that piston aircraft engines are only able to convert approximately one-third of the fuel’s energy into useful power? You can think of heat as being the wasted energy of an inefficient engine. If an engine were using 100 percent of the energy contained in the fuel
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 who want to take advantage of all that autumn has to offer. For pilots, it is an amazing opportunity to catch a glimpse of
Tell us a little about yourself.  My name is Kaleb Williams. I’m from New Jersey, just a little bit north of Morristown. I’ve been interested in aviation ever since I was young. I was initially going to pursue it out of high school, but with Covid I became an
For the past 8.5 years, Jason Branski has been an integral part of the American Flyers team. Originally from a small town in the western suburbs of Chicago, Jason joined American Flyers to work as a member of the customer service team at our former location at the DuPage
By  Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot We have all seen “that pilot.” You know the one. The one who has so many different portable electronics in the airplane that they need ten portable charging units and two dozen batteries. The weight of the three tablets, two portable GPS units,
Just about every pilot can remember their first solo cross-country flight. All of the hard work paid off, and they were finally able (and allowed) to fly somewhere alone. From that time, for most pilots, planning cross-country flights becomes rather straightforward. You select a destination, plot a course, and
By Dr. Mike Bliss I believe in the saying, “Experience is the best teacher.” So did my primary instructor who taught me many years ago. One example of his belief in the value of experience comes to mind. He called me at work one day and said that I
By Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot We get it. You are a successful professional and don’t have the time to finish getting your pilot certificate. If you are like the several thousand other students we have, you probably work late during the week and spend your weekends either working
By Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot When I started flying, I remember my first instructor told me always to expect my engine to quit at any time. He said this would keep me on my toes and always aware of a suitable place to land. Some 30+ years later,
By American Flyers American Flyers: Tell us a little about yourself. Leidy Escobar: I’m 31 years old. I was born in Palmira, Colombia, and grew up in Kissimmee, Florida. I was a flight attendant for a regional airline for five years and I am currently a full-time student at
By Andrew Henley Josh Netter has been with American Flyers since 2021. I remember sitting down with him during his interview. I found him to be charismatic, extremely intelligent, and passionate about flight training. At the time, Josh was assisting in the management of a flight school/135 operator in