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ANDY PEARSON,
a 26-year-old from
Hamilton, Virginia,
(above on left) met
Dancy when he signed
up for CFI lessons.
They've become good
friends, and Pearson
says the friendship is
almost more important
to him than what he's
learning from Dancy.

camaraderie, friendships, and the feeling of being part of a group are high on
the list of reasons why students seek
out aviation-and then choose to stay.
"Conor ensured that I was invited to many
planned trips, classes, and seminars. He
has also introduced me to many other
members at the school (senior aviators,
FAA instructors) who have included
me in various trips, seminars, and other
events in the aviation community," said a
respondent.
Instructing is more than a paycheck to
Dancy. The airport is his home. Although
he has no ownership interest in Aviation
Adventures, the flight school he helps
run, he speaks of it as if it is his own. He
and the owners, Bob and Ronnie Hepp,
are "we" in his conversation, and any
plans or changes at the school are equally
his responsibility.
"He has included me in activities that
he does with other pilots and members

of the community. He wants me to meet
more pilots and network. He has done so
many positive things for me," said another
survey respondent.
MORE LIKE HIM. When asked what it is
about Dancy that makes him stand out,
one word came to many: passion. It is
very clear that Dancy is passionate about
aviation. It makes one wonder how his
wife feels about her husband's avocation.
After all, he flew off to Texas to accept his
award just two days before their wedding.
"She said she was OK with it as long as I
got back on time," Dancy smiles. "I did. It
was quite a month for me."
"Conor has invested a significant
amount of time in my success as a flight
student. He absolutely cares about each
and every one of his students. Conor is
very approachable and personable and
he is the type of individual who provides
unmatched value to the aviation commu-

nity, because of his passion for teaching
and the manner with which he carries
himself," said a respondent.
Dancy says he has been working with a
student who turned out to be very frightened when he got in the air-a surprise to
both the student and Dancy (the student
flies in helicopters regularly because of
his job but has no fear there). It's become
Dancy's personal mission to help him. So
far the student is spending a lot of time
in the simulator, a place where Dancy
says one can experience all those things a
student fears, work them out, and see the
consequences and the solutions. "Simulator training has so much promise; it's a
great addition to instruction," he says.
His student is coming along.
As a respondent said of Dancy, "He
wants me to accomplish my dreams."
Julie Summers Walker is managing editor of Flight
Training magazine.
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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
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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
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Flight Training - February 2014 - 21
Flight Training - February 2014 - Flight Lesson
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Flight Training - February 2014 - Around the Patch
Flight Training - February 2014 - 25
Flight Training - February 2014 - Flying Carpet
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Flight Training - February 2014 - Flight Training Excellence Awards
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Flight Training - February 2014 - All for You
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