Posts Tagged ‘pilot population’

P-51, Hollywood actress, attracting new pilots

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Just about everyone is talking about ways to grow the pilot population. AOPA created a new department towards that goal. The Iowa Aviation Promotion Group has created a slick Hollywood-style video featuring Doug Rozendaal flying the Commemorative Air Force’s Gunfighter Mustang but with actress Stephanie Brown stepping out of the cockpit at the end, aimed at increasing the pilot population. She appeared in the TV series “Two and a Half Men,” and several movies including “Ash” and “Dating Games People Play.” It can be licensed for meetings and television ads. It has already proven effective in Australia.

An LSA experiment to watch

Friday, May 1st, 2009

The light sport aircraft community, admittedly off to a slow start these past four years, ought to watch an experiment by the flight department at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in Melbourne, Fla. Director of Flight Training Nick Frisch has purchased two Remos light sport aircraft to join his fleet of 41 trainers. He is challenging a “significant unknown,” in his words, and that unknown is the public’s general acceptance of light sport aircraft.

Frisch is betting that among the school’s 7,000 non-aeronautical students there are a number of pilot candidates who will jump at the chance for a $5,000 sport pilot certificate. To improve chances for success, he will offer the Remos aircraft to the Melbourne community as well in a flying club. Some of the 41 trainers are ready for retirement. Will serious FIT pilot candidates accept the Remos because of its lower rental cost?

He is starting with two aircraft, but additional Remos aircraft will be purchased if the experiment works. So watch FIT’s flight department at the end of this year. That is when Frisch’s “significant unknown” will be known, and when a new order is, or is not, made.