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The Judith Resnik Memorial Scholarship

 

On October 11, 1990, at a national news conference held at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C., American Flyers announced its funding of a scholarship designed to assist dedicated, female career-oriented pilots. At that time, women represented only 6 percent of America’s certified pilots. Statistics showed that many women were forced to discontinue their pilot […]

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Student Interview: Brystal Duppstadt

 

Pilot’s Digest: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Brystal Duppstadt: I am from Euless, Texas. I graduated from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in May of this year, where I studied mechanical engineering. Apart from flying, I enjoy live music, traveling, hiking and playing the banjo. PD: How did you get into flying? BD: I […]

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Featured Staff: Dan Nodal

 

Dan “His Air-Worthiness” Nodal has been involved in aviation for almost 50 years, 28 with American Flyers. A Vietnam Veteran, Dan joined the United States Air Force in 1970, where he proudly served for six years. I asked Dan, “what do you remember most about your time in the service?” He said, “being served monkey […]

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Preflight Checklist in the Heat of Summer vs. the Cold of Winter

 

By: Stephen Daun Much of our country experienced hotter than normal temperatures this summer. Because of this, many pilots had to adjust the way that they flew to deal with the higher temperatures and higher density altitudes. Now it’s is time to prepare for our annual mindset shift from summer to winter weather flying. The colder […]

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Hot Starts/Fuel Injection vs. Carburetors

 

By: Rick Farmer Every fuel injection system made today requires that a calibrated device be used to accurately deliver a precise amount of fuel to each cylinder at the exact instant fuel is needed for combustion. Automobiles accomplish this by use of computers and modern electronics, but did you know that the fuel injection system found […]

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Featured Staff: Marty Finlayson

 

By: Andrew Henley In aviation, there are many people behind the scenes that help schools like American Flyers reach their goals. We consider ourselves fortunate to have a great team of Instructors, Mechanics, Operations and Sales staff, as well as other team members not directly employed by American Flyers. One such person that we’ve had the […]

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Why Now Is A Great Time To Become A Commercial Pilot

 

By: Brad Morrison We are in a pretty incredible time in aviation right now. After years of slow hiring practices and low starting salaries, the airlines are faced with a choice — either find a way to hire more pilots, or be faced with having to park airplanes. Obviously, parking airplanes is not good for the company, or […]

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