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

  
  
  
Mobile in Aviation

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:

Addressing the Gap with RedHawk

  
  
  
RedHawk powered by Brown Aviation


We are excited to have a guest post this week from Ian Twombly, Editor of AOPA Flight Training Magazine. Ian has an extensive background in flight training and has contributed to several industry blogs including the AOPA Pilot Blog and Flight Training Blog.


Pilot Shortage: Using Innovation to Overcome Training Requirements

  
  
  
Pilot Shortage

Bright skies ahead for pilots currently in the job market. A recent article in USA Today revealed that airlines plan to hire hundreds of new pilots. Still, in the interim many warn that a pilot shortage is actually on the horizon because of retirement, greater training requirements, and longer rest periods.  Let’s explore why the mandatory retirement age of 65 and increased training could leave airlines with a pilot shortage and out of luck when it comes to finding the experience they need.

Finally Flying with WiFi? FAA Says Yes

  
  
  
in flight wifi   warakorn

Recently, an FAA advisory committee reported findings that WiFi is safe to use during all phases of flight. For the millions of commercial flyers this means-- you may not have to wait until 10,000 feet to use electronics in flight. And many pilots are left saying -- it’s about time.

How Students Choose Your Flight Training Program (Part 2)

  
  
  
camerawithkegs

In part one of this post we discussed the goals, plans, challenges, and timelines of why 
people buy. Understanding why students choose a flight training program can help you
better “sell” your program. This article outlines two areas of how people buy that I think
are appropriate as it relates to your flight training program: budget and authority.

Budget




Why Students Choose Your Flight Program (Part 1)

  
  
  
Alistair Cotton

When prospective students are evaluating your flight training program they likely follow the same decision making process they would use when purchasing any other goods or services. Sure, the timeline may be longer and the stakes may be higher but the underlying motivators remain the same. Why and how people buy is a highly talked about topic and this article does a good job of explaining four areas central to why we buy things: goals, plans, challenges, and timelines or GPCT. Let’s explore how you can understand GPCT for your prospective students and their goals, plans, challenges, and timelines when evaluating flight training programs.

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