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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Air Associates of Missouri Earns Part 141 Pilot School Status

Air Associates of Missouri Earns Part 141 Certification

A new certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) makes what you already knew official: Air Associates of Missouri (AAMO) offers high-quality pilot training in a structured, professional package.

"It has always been our goal to seek 141 certification," said AAMO general manager Lisa Lynch. "The business was well-established, so the time [to seek approval] was right," she added.

The FAA must have agreed, because after a rigorous inspection and interview process, they granted AAMO initial approval as a Provisional 141 Pilot School late last month. When asked what the certification means for private pilot students, Lynch explained that students under Part 141 can complete their flight training in fewer hours than their Part 61 counterparts and that they may have a competitive edge as job hunters. She added, "It's a natural transition. We were already using a professional training curriculum -- Part 141 certification just required some tightening of the structure." With eyes twinkling, Lynch then said, "I don't want to spoil all the surprises, but the next levels of certification are where things start to look really different." She explained that fast-track options, V.A. benefits and college program partnerships are all part of AAMO's plan for the near future.

"We're poised to help fill the needs presented by the looming pilot shortage. We're giving St. Louis youth another option for career training. And we're working to make our training available to veterans through the G.I. Bill," she said with a smile.

And why wouldn't Lynch be smiling? With every passing year, it's clear that AAMO is good at what they do -- and what they do is good work.

(Article above from the latest newsletter used with permission from Air Associates of Missouri).

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