On weeks when we can't think of anything regarding Aviation Access Project to write about, we go tell the Intern to go and find something interesting. Whatever he digs up we put here.
A little background is in order. The last few years have seen an increase in the number of innovative aviation businesses. This is because the industry is running through a patch of very tough economic times and because of the declining population. This has led to some innovative individuals try new business models to turn around the aviation economy and grow the pilot population. Two major areas of focus have been lowering the cost of flying (that's where we come in -where else can you own a share of a NEW airplane for less than the price of the average new car?) and reducing the high dropout rate in the pilot training ranks.
Redbird Flight Simulatons, Inc. has focused on the latter. First with an innovative line of flight simulators and training devices, and later with the Redbird Skyport FBO and the RedHawk training aircraft, this Texas company has been making a mark in General Aviation. More recent initiatives include the Redbird Migration flight training conference (see a future blog post for more) and what they call the "Aviation Laboratory." AAP admires the Redbird spirit of innovation and is impressed with both their flight training techniques and the laboratory concept. AAP expects to be working closely with Redbird in the future as we add flight simulation to our Flight Centers and seek out the best professional continuing education for our Flight Pros.
Here's a little about the Skyport. Future posts will detail the simulators, aircraft and the MIGRATION conference.
Located between Austin and San Antonio, Redbird Skyport is located at San Marcos Municipal Airport (KHYE). KHYI is a towered field with three runways: 8/26, 12/31, and 17/35. To assist with inbound and outbound traffic, Redbird Skyport operates as fixed based operations, a terminal, and an innovative flight school. When pilots enter the Redbird Skyport terminal, the staff provides pilots with a warm welcome. For the pilot’s preflight, Redbird Skyport provides a pilot’s lounge and flight planning room while passengers relax in the passenger lounge; also, a coffee bar and sit-down restaurant are also available to both pilots and passengers. Along with ground power units, lavatory service, and in-flight catering for larger aircraft, Redbird Skyport also provides tie-down and hangar spaces. Phillips 66 provides Jet A fuel and 100 low-lead fuel for Redbird Skyport’s customers. Redbird Skyport also has a flight simulator and flight school that have resulted in increase retention of material and reducing costs.
Redbird Skyport is hosting the Redbird MIGRATION Flight Training Conference October 26-28. We'll talk about that in a later post. According to the "Pilot’s Choice" awards from fltplan.com, Redbird Skyport was awarded fifth place in ACE FBO and fourth in STAR FBO in 2013. Redbird's focus on customer service, and on delivering the best aviation training and flying experience possible make them a company to admire and emulate. For more information on Redbird Skyport, visit the website at http://redbirdskyport.com. To contact Redbird Skyport, feel free to call 512-878-6670 or by email at Skyport@redbirdskyport.com.
We think innovators like Redbird (and like Aviation Access Project!) are the keys to the future of private aviation in the United States. By embracing new models and by collaboration, we can transform an industry. And we're going to have fun doing it!