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1993 Sweeps 172 is training pilots in Miami

November 15, 2008 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

The aircraft AOPA gave away in 1994 after full refurbishment the year before has helped to train 4,000 pilots and given renters a means to get around Florida for 14 years. The upholstery shows the wear from life as a trainer and the “AOPA” is missing from the “Good as New” logo on the tail, but otherwise the Cessna 172 is fully operational.

It is in the fleet of Dean International headed by Robert Dean and his wife, Elisa. Elisa notes the Garmin GPSMAP 530 added by the school makes this a, “Good as New, New” airplane.┬áSince the picture was taken Nov. 14, the school moved into beautiful new quarters at its home base, Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport in Kendall, Florida, south of and adjoining Miami. The school trains students from around the world and hopes to add those from the Peoples’ Republic of China in coming months.

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3 Responses to “1993 Sweeps 172 is training pilots in Miami”

  1. Patch Says:

    I wonder if there would be a way for AOPA to bring more affordable flight training to people around the country. I was just talking to a 17 year old who was involved in Young Eagles. As much as he’d LOVE to have his PPL, it’s not affordable to him. I wonder how much we, as a community of flyers, would grow if people who dream of flying could do at in their 20’s instead of waiting until their 40’s (like more) or 50’s.

    Great job on the way you’ve put a spotlight on the restoration projects. What about putting the same yearly spotlight on someone getting a PPL? AOPA covers all of the costs and in turn, does a series of stories on the process. That would remove the mystery of flight training for a lot of wanna be pilots.

    I’ve tried to do this with my blog httlp:// but I’m sure the AOPA would be able to give it a lot more exposure.

  2. John F. Moore Says:

    I think it is a great idea. It could be expanded to each of the certificates. Since there are different methods to get training (like the quick (PIC) method or the long method at a local FBO to get an instrument rating (or others)) each style could be tracked to highlight the differences and similarities. I would also like to see dollar amounts given for all of the expenditures. I know that prices vary for a variey of reasons but the money part of any activity is normally of primary importance to almost everyone. Most people who are interested in flying have no idea of what the costs are for all of the various things that a student pilot needs from start to finish and tagging those costs in a series would be very interesting and informative.

  3. Al Marsh Says:

    Thanks, Patch and John. That’s an interesting idea. Hopefully light sport schools will prosper and offer the less expensive alternative to the PPL.

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