Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Advanced Training


Leaving your aviation comfort zone will open new doors



Aerobatics
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
ADVANCED TRAINING RESOURCES
  SCHOOL CONTACT
Tailwheel Andover Flight Academy
Rich Stowell's CP Aviation
5g Aviation
Chandler Air Service
Find a school in your state:
www.andoverflight.com
www.cpaviation.com
www.fly5g.com
www.aerobatics.com
www.faaflightschools.com
Instrument Rating AFIT
ATP
American Flyers
P.I.C.
www.afit-info.com
www.atpflightschool.com
www.americanflyers.net
www.iflyifr.com
Cirrus Training Located worldwide
cirrusaircraft.com/advanced_map
Warbirds Stallion51
JetWarbird Training Center
Gauntlet Warbirds
Warbird Training Center
Michigan Warbird
Eastern Bloc Aircraft Services
The Collings Foundation
www.stallion51.com
www.jetwarbird.com
www.gauntletwarbirds.com
www.warbirdtc.com
www.michiganwarbirds.com
www.easternblocaircraft.com
www.collingsfoundation.org
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)
www.brownsseaplane.com
www.adventureseaplanes.com
www.shebleaviation.com
www.alaskafloatratings.com
www.maddens.com
www.seaplanes.org
Multiple Ratings Search by state:
AOPA Directory:
www.faaflightschools.com
www.aopa.org/letsgoflying
Aerobatics International Aerobatic Club directory: www.iacusn.org/schools/
Gliders Gliders Soaring Society of America www.ssa.org
Backcountry/Bush Flying Mountain and Canyon Flying Seminars
Mountain Air Dance
www.mountaincanyonflying.com
www.mountainairdancellc.com




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