As some of the most qualified and passionate practitioners of
the flight training arts and sciences gather next week for what
promises to be a watershed event in the aero-educational paradigm,
we thought it was good time to present one of our more intriguing
interviews with Bob Wright, a former FAA staffer and one of the
most dedicated GA flight training reform advocates extant.
Bob and a number of other CFIs and aero-educators will be
gathering in Atlanta for the first Pilot Training Reform
Symposium... an event designed to discuss lack of growth, decreased
student start, increased student attrition, and flat accident rate
trends vis-à-vis our current flight training system. The
Symposium will be held in Atlanta, GA on May 4-5, 2011.
Bob's compatriots have noted that, "Aviation educators perform
the most vital and influential duties in aviation: they are the
gateway for those entering aviation, be it for pleasure, business,
commercial, airline, or even military flying.
Ground and flight instructors are responsible for advancing
pilots through a regulated system of certificates and ratings,
transitioning pilots to different aircraft and technologies, and
ensuring that pilots satisfy FAA, insurance, and flight school or
company recurrency requirements.
Though the reasons for increased attrition among students and
other pilots are many, instructors often represent the first and
last lines of defense to motivate pilots to continue in aviation.
Instructors directly influence our safety, security, and
environmental mindsets as well—influence that has significant
and widespread ramifications both inside and outside general
Join ANN and Aero-TV for an enlightening discussion with one of
the major figures in SAFE's attempt to reform and revolutionize one
of the most critical factors in the rebirth of general aviation...
the art and science of flight training.