Jim Sweeney attended the Pilot Training Reform Symposium held last week and chaired by the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE). The event included several briefings by leaders in the flight training world on the first day which helped set the stage for the next day's break-out sessions focused on improving different aspects of flight training. Jim talks about the symposium, who attended, and what should come of the findings of the group
There are a lot of great airplanes out there. But of course some are better suited to some tasks than others are. This week Bever Borne joins us to talk about what makes a nice easy airplane to learn to fly.
When training, information is what it is all about. However, instructors need to be concerned about providing advanced information too early in a student pilot's flight training. Michael Purdy talks to Jeff Goin about why he will never show a student the "Advanced Kiting" video to pre-solo students again. Which brings up thoughts on which of the basic kiting techniques is best for new students.
Something that the flight training community has been becoming aware of is that the FAA is making knowledge tests for ratings more and more difficult. This is becoming news for those pursuing higher ratings, but it has been something that has been going on for Sport Pilot ratings for awhile. Jim Sweeney talks about the differences in the tests and -just as important- how to prepare for them.
Minimums change. Weather minimums, that is. For most, weather minimums are set by each pilot depending on their skills and training. But what if the pilot moves from one aircraft to another? As it turns out, as a pilot's aircraft changes, the weather minimums may change, too. Jim Sweeney explains.
As further proof that powered paragliding is finally coming of age, a new series of clinics featuring the sport's best known and influential people has been announced. Created and sponsored by Baja Powered Paragliding, the "Powered Paragliding Masters Series" presents the experience and wisdom of Jeff Goin, Eric Dufour, Bob Armond, Casey Cadwell & Chad Bastian. Response has been immediate and worldwide with the first session having only four slots left. Find out more including the specific topics that are making this series so popular.
Rotax Flying & Safety Club has completed updates to the web pages of RFSC Rotax iRMT (independent Rotax Maintenance Technician) currently trained for work on the BRP-Powertrain®, Rotax® brand, aircraft engines. The website is www.RotaxiRMT.com Over the past 3 years the Rotax® requirements of worldwide training of technicians to uniform standards has been lead by ...
The 2011 Sebring Sport Aviation Expo is a wrap and Jim Sweeney joins us to talk about what happened at the show. ASTM meetings, FAA meetings, new gyroplanes from Germany, and lots more filled the precious few days of the event in Florida.
We catch up with Brian Carpenter to talk about the series of videos he has done with the EAA called 'Hints for Homebuilders.' You'll find links to many of those videos on the PSF Magazine web site. We also talk about recent trends for maintenance training in the light sport world.
Paul Czarnecki joins us to talk about what will be the last fly-in of 2010 and the first fly-in of 2011. The Christmas Fly-In at Pine Island Airport in Florida offers powered paragliding flying along with easy access to skydiving and LSA Airplane training flights.