Flight Training - February 2014 - 12

PREFLIGHT»

NAME: Gail Hammans
AGE: 71
EVENT: Private pilot checkride
WHERE: Tulsa International Airport,
Tulsa, Oklahoma
AIRPLANE: Piper Cherokee 140

SUCCESS STORIES

'I finally made it'
A dream since he was 18
THE EXCITEMENT OF flying and being
around aircraft started at an early age
when my folks' best friend returned from
World War II after having served as a
Corsair pilot. His stories and pictures
were spellbinding. I took my first lesson
at age 18. During the first lesson I was
told that needing corrective lenses would

prevent me from flying for a living, so I
placed my desires on hold and went on
with my life.
Completing military service in 1965,
I went to work for Continental Airlines as a ramp agent, then ramp safety,
ticket agent, and finally as a director
of passenger services. Finally, my wife

and I-having raised three families,
retirement upon us, and still in good
health-decided that it was time to relight
the fires or forget it. I bought, sight
unseen, a beautiful 1976 Piper Cherokee
PA-28-140, and after three CFIs, medical
setbacks, a daughter serving in Iraq and
later in Afghanistan, over a span of two
years I finally made it.
My private checkride examiner, Lee
Romanek, made that experience interesting, educational, exciting, and downright
enjoyable. Flying is all that I ever thought
it would be-and much more.
Share your experience on Flight Training's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/
AOPAFlightTrainingMag).

NEWS

BY IAN J. TWOMBLY

King Schools launches helicopter FIRC
Paperwork can be completed remotely
HELICOPTER FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS often have to get by with standard flight instructor
refresher courses that focus on airplanes. Now they have another option with
King Schools' new helicopter-specific FIRC (www.kingschools.com/courses/
flight-instructor/refresher-course.asp).
The FIRC is a variation of the company's main refresher course that launched in
2012. Many of the overall themes remain, such as teaching risk management and
conducting flight reviews, but each has been optimized for the rotorcraft environment. Much of the course content was developed in partnership with Helicopter
Association International, including some new videos that present the topics in a
scenario-based approach.
King Schools' helicopter FIRC is available for $99, or $129 with paperwork processing. That processing is done entirely online, with no paperwork to send in or notary
visit required.

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Flight Training - February 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - February 2014

Flight Training - February 2014
Contents
Member Benefits
Right Seat
Letters
Fun on the Water
Success Story News
How It Works
After the Checkride
News Abeam the Numbers
Training Products
News Final Exam
Asi News
News
Flight Lesson
Accident Report
Around the Patch
Flying Carpet
Flight Training Excellence Awards
Awards Recipients
All for You
Dream Maker
Weather
Career Pilot
Instructor Report
CFI to CFI
Career Advisor
Accident Report
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - February 2014 - Flight Training - February 2014
Flight Training - February 2014 - Cover2
Flight Training - February 2014 - Contents
Flight Training - February 2014 - 2
Flight Training - February 2014 - 3
Flight Training - February 2014 - Member Benefits
Flight Training - February 2014 - 5
Flight Training - February 2014 - Right Seat
Flight Training - February 2014 - 7
Flight Training - February 2014 - Letters
Flight Training - February 2014 - 9
Flight Training - February 2014 - Fun on the Water
Flight Training - February 2014 - 11
Flight Training - February 2014 - Success Story News
Flight Training - February 2014 - How It Works
Flight Training - February 2014 - After the Checkride
Flight Training - February 2014 - News Abeam the Numbers
Flight Training - February 2014 - Training Products
Flight Training - February 2014 - News Final Exam
Flight Training - February 2014 - Asi News
Flight Training - February 2014 - 19
Flight Training - February 2014 - News
Flight Training - February 2014 - 21
Flight Training - February 2014 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - February 2014 - Accident Report
Flight Training - February 2014 - Around the Patch
Flight Training - February 2014 - 25
Flight Training - February 2014 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - February 2014 - 27
Flight Training - February 2014 - 28
Flight Training - February 2014 - Flight Training Excellence Awards
Flight Training - February 2014 - 30
Flight Training - February 2014 - 31
Flight Training - February 2014 - Awards Recipients
Flight Training - February 2014 - 33
Flight Training - February 2014 - All for You
Flight Training - February 2014 - 35
Flight Training - February 2014 - 36
Flight Training - February 2014 - 37
Flight Training - February 2014 - 38
Flight Training - February 2014 - 39
Flight Training - February 2014 - Dream Maker
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Flight Training - February 2014 - 42
Flight Training - February 2014 - 43
Flight Training - February 2014 - Weather
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Flight Training - February 2014 - 46
Flight Training - February 2014 - Career Pilot
Flight Training - February 2014 - 48
Flight Training - February 2014 - Instructor Report
Flight Training - February 2014 - CFI to CFI
Flight Training - February 2014 - Career Advisor
Flight Training - February 2014 - Accident Report
Flight Training - February 2014 - 53
Flight Training - February 2014 - 54
Flight Training - February 2014 - 55
Flight Training - February 2014 - Debrief
Flight Training - February 2014 - Cover3
Flight Training - February 2014 - Cover4
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