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Sustainable Fuel (And What it Could Mean for Flight Training)

  
  
  
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 With fuel prices in Europe exceeding $10 per gallon and little signs of slowing it is time to think about sustainable fuel sources and the long term impact they could have on flight training. If we (the industry) can change the way we use fuel, could we scale back the major expense of flight training, making it more cost-effective for prospective students while simultaneously increasing marginal revenue? Let’s explore.

Simulator Based Flight Training Programs: A Solution?

  
  
  
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High dropout rates and low enrollment --time and again flight training programs site these as concerns. We know these challenges stem from the time required to complete flight training and the inaccessible nature of airports/aircraft.  The question we need to answer is how do we address these challenges using todays technology and enable our customers (students) to access flight training at a time convenient to them?

Pilot Shortage: An Update

  
  
  
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We’ve talked a lot about the impending pilot shortage and what it means for the future of flight. But new headlines suggest that a looming pilot shortage is simply a myth.  Could the argument of a pilot shortage be masking the true problem of low salary and inadequate benefits for many pilots? Let’s explore the recent headlines and try to dissect what this means for the future of aviation including what a more cost-effective solution for flight training could mean for the industry.

3 FAA Regulations That Could Use an Overhaul

  
  
  
FAA Regulations Outdated

At the end of last year airline passengers rejoiced as the FAA lifted a rule that banned the use of electronic devices below 10,000 feet during takeoff and landing.  The FAA received great criticism over the years that the rule was outdated. Many argued that cost was the reason the FAA was reluctant to go through the process of changing the regulation.  This conversation led us to wonder: Are there other FAA regulations that could use an overhaul and directly affect general aviation?

How to Keep a Steady Pool of Flight Instructors

  
  
  
Flight Instructor, Motivations, CFI, Career

Becoming a certified flight instructor traditionally has been thought of as a mandatory stop on the career path for a hopeful ATP or commercial pilot.  Sure, instructing is a good way to build time, but not everyone’s goal is to become an ATP or a pilot of a commercial jetliner.  Reason being, we are not all motivated by the same things. Then why isn’t flight instruction considered a more viable professional option for students coming out of flight school?  Without flight instructors, there is no aviation industry much like without elementary school teachers there is no finance, medical, real estate…really any industry.  Yet, when it comes to teaching, it is difficult to point to a time when teachers were in short supply.  So why is it so challenging to find CFI’s?

A Glimpse Into the Future of Aviation Seen at South by Southwest

  
  
  
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Tens of thousands of the brightest minds in tech converged in Austin for the 21st Interactive SXSW Festival. Innovators and entrepreneurs gathered to review the technology of tomorrow, today.  We took a look at the agenda to see what’s on the horizon for aviation and what it could mean for the future of flight.  Here are some of the highlights:

The Sharing Economy and What it Could Mean for Flight Training

  
  
  
Sharing Economy

The sharing economy refers to economic and social systems that enable shared access to goods, services, data and talent.  The proliferation of the sharing economy has been undeniable over the last several years thanks to the Internet, social media, and mobile devices.  From cars, to homes, to farmland -- there’s been seemingly no limit to what people will share.  Coming from one of the hubs of the sharing economy (Boston), where companies like Zipcar were founded, we have long wondered when plane-sharing would be next and the impact it would have on the business of flight training.

The Business of Flight Training: Best of 2013

  
  
  
Best of 2013

From the impending pilot shortage, to finally flying with WiFi, and $1 Avgas there’s been a lot to talk when it comes to the business of flight training. It’s been a fun year of blogging, we’ve learned a lot and hope you did too.  We look forward to another year of sharing great information in 2014, but first let’s take a look back at some of our most popular posts this year and reignite some of the great conversations we’ve had in 2013.

Happy Holidays From Brown Aviation - Win A Redbird Jay!

  
  
  
Holiday Photo Contest

As a thank you to the flight training community this Holiday, Brown Aviation is giving away over $5,000 dollars worth of prizes!  This year, the grand prize for the flight training program with the most Holiday Spirit is a brand new 2014 Redbird Jay!  All you have to to do to enter is take a photo showcasing the Holiday Spirit at your academy and submit it to our contest page on Facebook.  

4 Ways To Damage Your Piston Aircraft

  
  
  
4 ways to damage piston aircraft

Like any engine, aircraft engines require some tender loving care to ensure longevity. When it comes to your training program you want to make sure you keep your aircraft engines in optimal shape to help preserve your investment and keep maintenance costs to a minimum. Let’s explore ways you can damage a piston aircraft engine so you’re better prepared to protect your investment:

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