AOPA Unveils New Flight Training Program

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The day before AOPA Aviation Summit opened this week in Hartford, Conn., the association hosted its second Flight Training Summit, for about 100 participants. During that event, AOPA introduced a demo of MyFlightTraining, an online personalized support system that aims to help student pilots achieve their goal of earning a pilot certificate. The program, which has not yet launched online, breaks the training process into six milestones -- introductory flight, first solo, student pilot certificate, solo cross-country, FAA knowledge test, and FAA practical test. Participants also will be entered into a sweepstakes that awards $1,000 for flight training every month.

"We want to help students over any hurdles they may encounter by providing timely, relevant information based on their training progress," said Jennifer Storm, AOPA's director of flight training initiatives. "And the sweepstakes is a nice added bonus to help defray some flight training expenses." Participants also can win $100 gift certificates for training products from vendors. At the flight-training event, participants also discussed strategies to help flight schools succeed as small businesses. "Flight schools know how to train; they're asking for support on the business side," said Storm. Other GA groups such as EAA, GAMA, and instructor associations also took part in the event.