Loss of control (LOC) awareness and prevention is on the NTSB's 10 most wanted list. Golden Age Aviation, Inc. says improving piloting skills could be the answer.

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The story of the sport pilot rules. Check out our Up With Downs topic.  Yes, understanding regulations can be fun - Really!


"And let’s get one thing straight. There’s a big difference between a pilot and an aviator. One is a technician; the other is an artist in love with flight."

              Elrey Borge Jeppesen


DPE NOTAM - Availability of FAA Practical Examinations is limited.

Effective 9-9-22 

Golden Age Aviation, Inc will cease operation at the Cushing Regional Airport effective the middle of November of this year and will be moving to Kansas City, MO. Between the effective date of this DPE NOTAM and the discontinuation of DPE services at Cushing Regional Airport, the scheduling of practical examinations will be limited. More detailed information is forthcoming.

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