Thu, Jan 27, 2011
At the 2010 AOPA event in Long Beach CA, the organization, while
attempting to reorient itself under the somewhat testy leadership
of Craig Fuller, held a symposium looking into the current state of
the flight training industry.
While such attention is always welcome, the feedback ANN heard
over and over (and over) again, was that little info was presented
and even less was presented in terms of potential solutions.
Regardless of that, ANN spent some time with AOPA staffers (who
definitely know the topic and have worked hard on these issues), in
order to get a baseline look at the info that they presented this
Meanwhile; just down the road and in separate facilities, the
folks of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators held their
own meetings... which were a bit more dramatic, informative and
tuned to looking at the kind of serious change that may be
necessary to get flight training transitioned successfully into the
Most important, SAFE announced a major gathering, a GA Pilot
Training Reform Symposium, for this spring that has the potential
to recraft and retask much of the flight training industry.
Though one wonders why AOPA did not do all that they could to
embrace and incorporate the SAFE personnel and agenda into the AOPA
Here, in three parts, was the AOPA presentation on the flight
training biz... and while much of it is data we have heard year
after year, we do see a value in reviewing it now in order to see
if additional dialogue might develop toward problem solving for an
industry that seems in significant need of new and renewed
attention to solving problems that have imperiled it for
Let us know what YOU think...
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