Redbird Flight Simulation is expanding its Guided Independent Flight Training (GIFT) program, including making it available for the company's the at-home Jay and TD models. GIFT, which was introduced at AirVenture last year, is a series of smart simulator scenarios that can be used to augment private pilot training. Redbird will also be holding STEM labs for students at AirVenture 2018 and other events throughout the year.
As the winners of this years Aviation Design Challenge, four students and their teacher from Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career and Technical Center in Cheektowaga, New York, will be traveling to Glasair Aviation to help build a plane, announced GAMA on Tuesday.
The Mayo Clinic is now offering a free online BasicMed course for pilots, the organization has announced. The course consists of six modules, covering medical self-assessments, warning signs of serious medical conditions, effects of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and more. The course takes about 90 minutes to complete and is followed by an online test. Pilots must undergo a physical exam prior to taking the course, and must submit evidence of the passed physical exam online prior to beginning the course.
The AOPA Air Safety Institute has launched a new initiative, the Safety Alliance, which brings together safety-related resources from across the industry in one location online. The content, all of which is free to all pilots, is organized by topic on its own Safety Alliance webpage. ASI is proud to provide a common platform for anyone who is passionate about aviation safety education, said Katie Pribyl, a spokesperson for AOPA.
The Commemorative Air Force announced its newest educational outreach program this week at AirVenture 2016 in Oshkosh. The CAF Rise Above: WASP, about Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II, arose from the Rise Above Red Tail Traveling Exhibit, which has brought the story of the Tuskegee Airmen to 200,000 visitors.
California-based FlyThisSim (FTS) was the first company to develop and manufacture an FAA-approved, touchscreen basic aviation training device (BATD). Its latest TouchTrainer can instantly switch between multiple aircraft with a wide variety of avionics systems and is also available as a Robinson R44 helicopter simulator. "Aviation Consumer" editor Larry Anglisano flew the devices at Sun 'n Fun 2015 in Lakeland, Florida, and FTS's Carl Suttle offers an overview in this video.