Gone are the days when 30-year-old, “steam-gauge”
aircraft on a flightline will attract new students. Instead, the
light-sport aircraft certification rules and the sport pilot certificate
have revolutionized initial training while enabling older pilots to
remain active in aviation. In the long run, however, general aviation
will depend on a younger, mobile, computer-savvy generation of students
learning to fly. In response, Tecnam, which says it is the world’s
largest manufacturer of light aircraft, is providing ground school and
flight lesson courseware via interactive, mobile data platforms such as
the Apple iPad.
Through the newly announced Tecnam Flight
Centers, schools can gain access to innovative, patented and integrated
flight training and navigation technology, ease of access to aircraft
through purchase, and leasing options and incentives to move aircraft
from the flightline into the hands of students. Tecnam Flight Centers
are now being set up across the country to bring the best available
training fleet and educational programs together in a turn-key package.
Tecnam, in collaboration with MS Aviation
and Hilton Software, LLC has developed proprietary software for students
and instructors to use simultaneously, helping maximize training
effectiveness. Flight schools also can monitor the effectiveness of
instructors and gain a better, real-time understanding of which teaching
methods are the most effective.
Tecnam’s Flight Center program greatly
enhances a flight school’s ability to attract a younger generation of
students, according to the company, and training aircraft are easier to
obtain. Under the program, flight schools are financially rewarded to
take advantage of the brand loyalty they generate in their students.
To learn more, stop by the Tecnam exhibit
in booths 239-292 in the main aircraft display area, or visit