More than a decade now, we were asked to develop a special Husky Pilot Training Program. What made this program special was the proposed mission being implemented for the Husky. A company in the Austin, Texas area was developing a program to use the Husky Aircraft as an Electronic Surveillance platform for use in law enforcement. Law enforcement agencies had typically been operating helicopters for their electronic surveillance work. Helicopters are great for this work but are very expensive to operate. It was determined that a Husky could do the same job at a fraction of the cost. Like the helicopter, the Husky has the ability to loiter while using a FLIR sensor to track a target. Our job would be to train pilots to fly the Husky so well they could handle the mission successfully as well.
When this training opportunity was presented to us, I was especially interested in helping out. I had served as an Electronic Warfare Pilot in Vietnam in the Grumman OV-1 Mohawk Aircraft. The Mohawk was a twin engine turboprop designed for All Weather Operations which meant that we flew in monsoons at night. The mission sounded sophisticated and it was but amazingly it was easy too. Our Army Pilot Training was exceptional, equipping us to fly our aircraft so easily that we could handle the additional workload of our tactical duties as well. It’s with this level of ability that we like to train all of our clients at IFR Flight Training School, including our Husky Pilots.
To begin our Husky Training Program, I consulted with the Chief Pilot at the Aviat Husky factory to discuss the existing factory training program. We had a good visit and the Chief Pilot was glad to hear we were constructing a strong training program to support Husky owners and pilots. Aircraft manufacturers like for their owners to be safe in the aircraft they produce. Insurance companies appreciate the good training also and rate their policy premiums accordingly.
Following my visit with the Aviat Chief Pilot, we wrote a comprehensive training syllabus designed to make a Husky owner a good Husky Pilot. The syllabus can be seen on our website at www.flyifr.com.
Since beginning our Husky Pilot Training Program, we have trained Husky Owners from all over the United States including Alaska – and Mexico too. We train Husky Pilots at our location in the Austin, Texas Metro Area (Georgetown KGTU) or at their location, in our Husky or aircraft. I asked one Husky Owner why he chose to conduct his Husky training with a school in Texas when he could have more easily gotten his training in California. His response to me was that he wanted extra good training.
Article by: Mark Wilson
IFR Flight Training School™
IFR Flight Training School announces nation-wide marketing for its INSTRUMENT RATING-LONG COURSE. The IFR-LONG COURSE employs superior training using a PCATD (Personal Computer Aviation Training Device) to develop exceptional IFR procedures capability. This one-of-a-kind instrument training course equips the general aviation pilot with the IFR flying skills that correspond traditionally with military, airline and other highly professional pilots. The course is designed for aviators who are interested in becoming exceptional IFR pilots with either professional or non-professional intentions in mind.
Based at the Georgetown Municipal Airport in Georgetown, Texas, the school is owned and operated by Mark Wilson who holds Airline Transport Pilot and Gold Seal Flight Instructor certificates. Mr. Wilson realized a need for the development of exceptional IFR flying skills as a result of his own military and commercial aviation experience.
The program’s key elements consist of a comprehensive seventy-lesson syllabus, highly skilled and dedicated instructors and the *ELITE™ (PCATD) Flight Simulator. The ELITE™ Flight Simulator allows students to practice procedures in their home or office after learning IFR lessons from their instructor. Students are optimally productive with their training when they master their procedures in the ELITE™ Flight Simulator before flying the aircraft. Pilots can also rehearse trips using the simulator before actually flying them.
The IFR-LONG COURSE is likely to be America’s most comprehensive as well as the most expensive general aviation instrument training program with a base cost of over $10,000. Military programs which build a corresponding level of IFR flying skills costs in the hundreds of thousands of dollars range. Monetarily speaking, the program contains substantial value when compared to military programs. Mr. Wilson believes that there is a market for pilots who desire to train beyond minimum standards to a higher level of confidence.
The IFR-LONG COURSE has been under development since January, 1989 and has been validated by both general aviation and military instructor pilots. Graduates with less than 300 hours total time fly IFR with remarkable competency, accuracy, confidence and ease.
For more information, contact Mark Wilson toll free at (800)9-FLY-IFR or FAX (512)864-7774.
Mailing address: IFR Flight Training School, P.O. Box 570, Georgetown, Texas 78628-0570.
*ELITE™ (Electronic IFR Training Device)
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