Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Advanced Training

Leaving your aviation comfort zone will open new doors

Some schools will call aerobatics "upset training" or "spin training," and though there are slight differences, the net effect is the same: getting maximum performance from the airplane. For many pilots, the lure of aerobatics leads to a desire to demonstrate their newly acquired skills. Aerobatic competition is the next logical step, with the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) sanctioning dozens of aerobatic contests around the country every year. There are five levels of competition: Primary, Sportsman, Intermediate, Advanced and Unlimited.

We've only scratched the surface of what's available to pilots who want to advance their training to the next step. There are so many skills to acquire and different kinds of flying available that it would take a lifetime to experience it all. Maybe your passions run to backcountry flying, gliders, jets, balloons, blimps, helicopters or ultralights. In each case, there's much to learn and experience. Remember that your first certificate is just a license to learn, and you owe it to yourself and those around you to become the best pilot you can be. The next time you're wondering what to do with your certificate, pick something from this list and expand your aviation horizon. 

Commercial Rating
Tailwheel Andover Flight Academy
Rich Stowell's CP Aviation
5g Aviation
Chandler Air Service
Find a school in your state:
Instrument Rating AFIT
American Flyers
Cirrus Training Located worldwide
Warbirds Stallion51
JetWarbird Training Center
Gauntlet Warbirds
Warbird Training Center
Michigan Warbird
Eastern Bloc Aircraft Services
The Collings Foundation
Seaplane Rating Jack Brown's Seaplane Base
Adventure Seaplanes
Sheble Aviation
Alaska Float Ratings
Madden's on Gull Lake
All States (Seaplane Pilot's Association directory)
Multiple Ratings Search by state:
AOPA Directory:
Aerobatics International Aerobatic Club directory:
Gliders Gliders Soaring Society of America
Backcountry/Bush Flying Mountain and Canyon Flying Seminars
Mountain Air Dance


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