New York Flight Schools Face Tax Fight »

A New York state flight school owner says he'll be forced to close at the end of June because of a new sales tax ruling that has already cost schools and individual aircraft owners thousands of dollars. Bob Miller, who owns Bob Miller Flight Training in Buffalo, said in an interview with AVweb he predicts flight schools all over the state will be forced to close. He also said aircraft owners involved in leaseback arrangements with schools will be hit with taxes and penalties that will force them to cancel their deals with the schools because of a new interpretation of the sales tax code on flight school aircraft. Miller said that until this week, aircraft purchased for use for flight training were exempt from the 8.75 percent sales tax as were the lease payments schools paid aircraft owners for using the planes. But the state has changed its mind on the exemption. "This wasn't a change in the law, this is just some bureaucrat's new interpretation," he said. They've also made the ruling retroactive, Miller said. More

The Drones Are Coming: Who Will Fly Them? »

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are scheduled for integration into the national airspace system (NAS) in 2015, spurring job growth and a forecast economic impact of $13.6 billion by 2019. But while the growing industry will be adding to the overall workforce, the segment might also be changing the employment landscape for people seeking professional pilot positions. The new segment will need pilots, but what kind of pilots, and where will they come from? Let's take a look. More

Is Redbird Just Plain Better? »

What do you get when well-funded individuals who made their fortunes as corporate efficiency experts apply themselves to the mission of improving flight training? You get Redbird. In five years since its birth, Redbird has gone from zero to number one in its market niche. It has put more than 300 active-motion flight simulators into general aviation pilot training centers. It has introduced a compelling price for performance argument within the flight training segment. And it has wrapped all that in an attractive package that doesn't just improve learning efficiency for students, it also draws more of them to flight schools. It's not just a simulator; it's a sales tool. And with it, Redbird is on its way to creating the perception that if you're not offering a Redbird simulator, you're behind the curve. If that feeling becomes pervasive, Redbird won't just lead the market, it will be the market. Maybe it already is. Whatever the case, where Redbird is may not be as important as where it's going. Click here to read the full article. --> More

What Does a Pilot Look Like? »

Although it's not uncommon to see a female pilot on the flight deck, the front office is hardly representative of the gender and racial diversity of the U.S. York College students in New York are out to change that. The current class in the college's Aviation Institute is 60 percent female, and most of the aspiring pilots are women of color. Alice Speri takes a look at the program and the students. More

Just Ask Talley »

What was it like training pilots to fly on instruments in the Link trainer during wartime? Here's an inside view, complete with the cheap tequila. More

IFR by the Sun and Stars »

Not that long ago, crews flew thousands of miles with no navigational aids except the sky itself. It's such an elegant solution. More

Microsoft Flight Simulator X for Pilots: Chapter 13 -- Weather »

Recently two flight instructors wrote a book on how to use Microsoft Flight Simulator X to enhance pilot training and to provide sim-only pilots a guide to making their flying more realistic. AVweb will publish several chapters from this book, beginning with this chapter on weather. More