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PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE

By Craig Fuller

AOPA SERVICES
THE AIRCRAFT OWNERS AND PILOTS ASSOCIATION is general aviation's advocate and the largest, most influential aviation association in the world.

FOCUSING ON THE SUCCESS STORIES
ver the past couple of years, you’ve frequently seen me write about the Flight Training Student Retention Initiative—a program we created to understand why so many student pilots never complete their training, and then do something about it. We began by conducting extensive research to understand the problem, followed by a nationwide conversation designed to help us identify real-world solutions. During the course of this initiative, we've
seen some very encouraging signs. Yes, there clearly are many reasons why completing training is a major challenge— enough of a challenge that the majority of students just don’t finish. But we’ve also uncovered some incredible success stories—schools with extremely high completion rates, instructors who deliver just what their students need to earn a pilot certificate, and students who overcome all obstacles to live their dreams. It’s the focus on these success stories—finding what works and replicating it—that makes the Student Retention Initiative really different. And now, we are expanding that approach by creating a new division at AOPA dedicated to helping students earn their certificates, helping lapsed pilots get back in the air, and helping to build supportive pilot communities that make flying easier and more affordable. This new division is the Center to Advance the Pilot Community, and we are making it a top priority. The center will be led by aviation advocate Adam Smith and a team of experts on lifelong learning, research, and program development. Like the Student Retention Initiative, which will become a cornerstone of the center’s programs, the center’s efforts will focus on what actually works. In other words, it will build on success. A theme emerged as we were trying to understand why so many students drop out of training. We discovered that many students feel isolated. They may have little contact with other flight students and pilots, even though they routinely go to a bustling flight school for training. They often discover they have no one with whom to share their excitement and experiences. They lack a sense of community. This is just one factor in the dropout rate, but it made us ask some questions. What would a supportive pilot community look like? Does being part of such a community really make a difference in outcomes? The answer to the last question is unequivocally “yes.” And we discovered that we need look no further than the most successful flying clubs to see the idea of a strong community become reality. That led us in a new direction—understanding what makes the most effective flying clubs work so well and re-creating that success so more pilots can find the support and camaraderie they crave. We continue to make new discoveries about what brings pilots to flying and what keeps them flying. At the Center to Advance the Pilot Community, we will continue that research and develop programs and tools designed to support pilots and future pilots. Ultimately we want to reverse the long, slow decline in the number of active pilots and strengthen general aviation for this and future generations of aviators. It’s a big job, and we will need your help and support along the way. But it’s also an opportunity to be part of something truly wonderful—a thriving GA community that helps every pilot live his or her dreams.
Email AOPA President Craig Fuller at craig@aopa. org.

IT BEGINS AT THE CENTER

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Flight Training - November 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - November 2012

Flight Training - November 2012
Contents
President’s Perspective
Right seat
Letters
Southern Exposure
How It Works
ASI News
Success Story
News
Since You Asked
News Final Exam
Tech Tip
AOPA Action
Checkride
Flying Carpet
Icy Reception
Beyond All Expectations
Technique
Weather
Flight Lesson
Voices of Reason
Tech Talk
Keep Students Stoked
He Said 'Yes' But Means 'No'
Night Moves
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - November 2012 - Flight Training - November 2012
Flight Training - November 2012 - Cover2
Flight Training - November 2012 - Contents
Flight Training - November 2012 - 2
Flight Training - November 2012 - 3
Flight Training - November 2012 - President’s Perspective
Flight Training - November 2012 - 5
Flight Training - November 2012 - Right seat
Flight Training - November 2012 - 7
Flight Training - November 2012 - Letters
Flight Training - November 2012 - 9
Flight Training - November 2012 - Southern Exposure
Flight Training - November 2012 - 11
Flight Training - November 2012 - How It Works
Flight Training - November 2012 - ASI News
Flight Training - November 2012 - Success Story
Flight Training - November 2012 - News
Flight Training - November 2012 - Since You Asked
Flight Training - November 2012 - 17
Flight Training - November 2012 - News Final Exam
Flight Training - November 2012 - Tech Tip
Flight Training - November 2012 - AOPA Action
Flight Training - November 2012 - Checkride
Flight Training - November 2012 - 22
Flight Training - November 2012 - 23
Flight Training - November 2012 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - November 2012 - 25
Flight Training - November 2012 - Icy Reception
Flight Training - November 2012 - 27
Flight Training - November 2012 - 28
Flight Training - November 2012 - 29
Flight Training - November 2012 - 30
Flight Training - November 2012 - 31
Flight Training - November 2012 - Beyond All Expectations
Flight Training - November 2012 - 33
Flight Training - November 2012 - 34
Flight Training - November 2012 - 35
Flight Training - November 2012 - Technique
Flight Training - November 2012 - 37
Flight Training - November 2012 - Weather
Flight Training - November 2012 - 39
Flight Training - November 2012 - 40
Flight Training - November 2012 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - November 2012 - 42
Flight Training - November 2012 - 43
Flight Training - November 2012 - 44
Flight Training - November 2012 - Voices of Reason
Flight Training - November 2012 - 46
Flight Training - November 2012 - 47
Flight Training - November 2012 - Tech Talk
Flight Training - November 2012 - Keep Students Stoked
Flight Training - November 2012 - He Said 'Yes' But Means 'No'
Flight Training - November 2012 - Night Moves
Flight Training - November 2012 - Advertiser Index
Flight Training - November 2012 - 53
Flight Training - November 2012 - 54
Flight Training - November 2012 - 55
Flight Training - November 2012 - Debrief
Flight Training - November 2012 - Cover3
Flight Training - November 2012 - Cover4
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