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Chinese Flight School Students Good For Business

by John M. White |  | 1 comment

As China rapidly grows its economy aviation is becoming a larger part of helping fuel that growth, creating demand for pilots to fly the new aircraft China is acquiring for its regional and national airlines.  While the falling value of the dollar and weakening economy in the United States, it has attracted a lot of business for some US businesses.

Chinese nationals will now receive flight training at a flight school in Denton, TX, where some 300 Chinese students will arrive in Texas in November to begin training for careers as commercial aircraft pilots.  Some 25 college graduates ranging in age from19 to 22 (college graduates?) will start an accelerated one month course in aviation English, followed by eleven months of training.

Training will take place in Cessna 152 and Cessna 172 model aircraft, and at the end of the program each student will have acquired ten hours in a King Air simulator followed by ten additional hours in a King Air aircraft. Kingairb200_4

It is expected that some 300 Chinese pilot trainees will go through the program over the next few years.  US Aviation Group in Denton, TX has been training Indian pilots for the last few years, and offers flight training for American student pilots as well.

Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!


"High Flight"

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds...and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of...wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up, the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, nor even eagle flew.
And while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space...
...put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

Comments (1)

  • s. fiore on June 24, 2019

    While denton sees green on the horizon, other schools in Arizona and Canada are seeing other colors. Red, the color of bankrupcy, for that is what is happening with the Chinese contracts.
    American flight schools have had to hire staff and lease more airplanes, and China will submit final payment 3 months after students graduate and are back in china working. China is not paying their portion, and owners of flight schools are taking second mortgages on their homes to save their sagging business. How Sad.
    Dear S. Fiore:
    Welcome to the world of big business. Many large business enterprises like GE and General Motors typically do not pay for 90 days after you complete work or a project for them. They do this for cash management purposes, or so they say, but it is a cost of business you need to build into your pricing model in order to make money.
    It is unfortunate that these flight schools did not take or know about the payment schedule before they started the training.
    I grew up in a world where people and businesses paid bills when services were rendered or goods delivered; today you run the risk that the business might go bankrupt before you get paid.

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