Lancair Coming to AOPA Fly-In 


Fresh from its first Reno air racing experience, the new Lancair Mako will be on hand for the next AOPA Fly-In.

Join us October 27-28 in Tampa, FL for a look at the most exciting new 4-place aircraft in years! Meet the Lancair owners Mark and Conrad Huffstutler and find out what’s in store for this “legendary” company.

Introduced at EAA AirVenture 2017, the Lancair Mako is a new design from a legendary company.
A beautiful and capable 4-place alternative to Cirrus and Corvalis / TTx at a fraction of the cost.

Innovation propels the Mako, from the unique auto-retract nose gear to space-enhancing center stick controls in the cockpit. We don’t have space here to list the many other features that put the Mako a cut above the competition. So why not visit us in Tampa and see the real Mako in person?

Meet Sean Fidler in Tampa

Sean, our new Director of Sales, will be on hand in Tampa to answer your Mako questions.
An experienced pilot in both sailplanes and powered aircraft, Sean recently won the 2017 US National Soaring Championship. Before joining Lancair, Sean was an executive with two major enterprise software firms and helped develop several successful technology start-ups.
We hope you’ll be able to join us in Tampa the last weekend of October.
If you can’t visit us in person, please call 866-LANCAIR (866-526-2247) or 830-423-3005 today for more details on the world’s finest kit aircraft. And be sure to visit for performance specs and much more.

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Migration 2017
Migration Breakout Session Schedule

In addition to a stellar lineup of keynote speakers, this year’s Migration Flight Training Conference features an impressive collection of breakout sessions. We’ve got everything from bringing the Pilot Proficiency Center to your local flight school to Redbird R&D to a discussion of the Aircraft of the Future. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh for Migration 2017.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Time at Migration

The 7th Annual Migration Flight Training Conference is almost here. We promise three days full of big ideas, networking opportunities, new technologies, and lots of fun for flight training professionals. Mark October 16, 17, and 18 on your calendar, let us know you’re coming, and we’ll see you soon at the EAA Museum. In the meantime, check out these 7 tips for getting the most out of Migration.

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Understanding the FAA Approval of Aviation Training Devices
When it comes to flight simulators and the FAA terms that define them, William Shakespeare had it wrong. A sim (or rose) by any other name would not smell as sweet. If you’re dealing with simulators and the FAA, you need to ask yourself, “What’s in a name?” and “What can I do in this device?”
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Teaching Through a Learning Plateau

Why can’t I get this? “I’ve never had this much trouble learning something.” “Maybe I’m not meant to be a pilot.”

Flight students at all levels have these worries and concerns when they reach a learning plateau. And, probably in many cases, our lack of worry as instructors only causes these students to wonder even more. 

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Private Pilot Training Events Workbook

We’ve put together a great training supplement and study guide for anyone who teaches in a Redbird Simulator. It will help you to utilize the simulator better with your private pilot clients. Take a look! 


Four Awesome STEM Programs Powered by Aviation
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Aviation is STEM. It’s the ultimate way to get kids and teens engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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The Future of Instructional Design in Aviation is Simulation
his world of technology we live in is always changing, and with certain advancements in modern instructional design, the tools we use as teachers are changing very rapidly, too.
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Tips for Teaching in a Redbird Simulator
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Here are eight tips for teaching effectively in a Redbird Flight Simulator. Check them out and give them a try.
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Thank you, United Airlines, for being the host of Girls In Aviation Day 2017 in the Bay Area

By Ana Urbe Ruiz and Denise Donegan

Empowering women in many different areas of the aviation industry is key for the future of the industry.

Under the leadership of Marilyn Adkins, Sr. Production Controller Technical Operations, and Kim Pritchard, Sr. Mgr. Technical Talent Acquisition Tech. Operations, Girls in Aviation Day, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 was a real success. Women In Aviation International - San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, with Co-President Ana Urbe Ruiz, joined them on Saturday to celebrate the day.

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Cover Story: Julie Clark, “Taking Aviation by Storm”

By Ed Downs

Julie Clark behind the controls of her Beech T-34 Mentor, Free Sprirt. (Dave Swartz)

“Taking Aviation by Storm” is what editorial folks call a “tagline.” But the simple “tagline” definition leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to Julie Clark and the aviation businesses that she represents through sponsorships and endorsements. The fact is, Julie does “Take Aviation by Storm” in a way that is unique in the airshow industry.

It would be hard to find an aviation enthusiast that does not know the name of Julie Clark, or fail to recognize Julie’s famous Beech T-34 Mentor, painted in the colors and theme of Air Force One. The 2017 airshow season marks Julie’s 41st anniversary as a performing pilot and 38th year as a solo aerobatic act for her company, American Aerobatics. Julie Clark officially began her airshow company then named, Julie Clark’s American Aerobatics, in 1980. Julie and the entire Smokin’ Mentor T-34 aerobatic team have had a terrific 2017 show season and look forward to an exciting 2018 schedule.  With 38 years of solo aerobatic airshow flying and more than 33,000 accident-free hours in the air, 11,000 hours in her T-34 alone, Julie and her beautiful T-34 Mentor have become the icon of airshow performances. 

Julie’s airshow routine takes her beautifully restored T-34 “Free Spirit,” to the limits of its operating capability. Julie’s T-34 demands exceptional skill to perform aerobatics, and Julie’s experience has honed her coordination and responsiveness in a delicate balance. Her unique and patriotic presentation, “Serenade in Red, White and Blue,” is breathtakingly choreographed to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” or “God Bless You Canada.” To enhance her routine, multi-colored wing-tip smoke trails her every maneuver.

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Editorial: Pilot Report by a Newbie

By Ed Downs

The Dromida Drone was a learning experience for this writer. (Courtesy Dromida)Like it or not, drones (Unmanned Aerial Systems) are becoming a major player in the National Airspace System.  This writer decided last year to add one more pilot rating to the list I now have by becoming an FAA UAS pilot.  Sure enough, I visited, took the UAS pilot training course, fought my way through the IACRA process (electronic 8710 form) and presto, I was a drone pilot … sort of.  Yes, I had the plastic in my pocket, but had never actually flown a drone.  Leaving that small detail behind, In Flight USA reached out to drone manufacturers, inviting them to submit news announcements that might help us provide the most current information to our reader base of contemporary (real?) pilots. In Flight USA is even attending the Drone World Expo, being held in San Jose in early October.  But, the results of our outreach have been mixed, as the gaming and business world of drones has been slow to pick up on the fact that they are a part of the family of flying machines, mixing in with airplanes stuffed with people.  But that suddenly changed, about two weeks before this October issue went to print.

An e-mail announcement from Hobbico Inc. suddenly showed up. Don’t recognize the name?  Hobbico is the largest distributor of model products in the world, with more than 400 brand names and some 60,000 products. Do the names Revell Model, United Model, Tower Hobbies, Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, or Hobby Lobby ring a bell?  Yep, this employee-owned company holds a leadership role in the world of drones, ranging from toys to professional commercial versions.  The announcement addressed a new, low end, drone that probably falls into the “toy” category, but seemed to have some of the features normally reserved for the big guys. With a Wi-Fi connected camera that take photos and videos (direct to an app on your smart phone), hand controller, 3D goggles and all the accoutrements needed to fly (including spare rotor blades and even a small screw driver), my interest was piqued.  With an MSRP of $89.99, this intrepid aviator figured, “how about getting hold of this critter and actually learn how to fly a drone, from the perspective of a pilot report.”  Thus, began a trip into the world of technological humiliation, ending with an enlightenment about the world of drones that exceeded my expectations.  Yep, an old dog can learn new tricks.

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