Avionics News July 2017 - 60
At a recent AEA International Convention & Trade Show, AEA President Paula Derks asked member companies the following
question: What's working for you? Derks challenged AEA members to share their success stories, best practices and ideas
that are working for their respective companies. This article is part of a series that highlights how AEA member companies
recognized challenging economic circumstances, and how they responded and overcame them.
Business initiatives that are elevating companies to success
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Flamingo Air helps U.S.
Forest Service recruit AETs
f one were to read through recent "What's Working?" feature stories, he or she would see a few
common threads. Companies taking the initiative to expand
their capabilities, either through internal growth, purchases
or mergers, tend to see success. Furthermore, companies
finding innovative ways to provide a valuable service in the
marketplace find success. And a third theme in the series
In this case, Flamingo Air's Airline Ground Schools is
applying the innovative success in air transport pilot and
A dispatcher class in session
aircraft dispatcher training to drones and avionics. Moreover, the company has teamed with the United States Forest
Service to provide a pathway to avionics jobs with the
Airline Ground Schools has been around since 1967, and
has campuses in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Miami, Florida. It is
known for preparing students for the ATP and ADX tests.
Throughout the years, the company has graduated more
than 60,000 students, which makes it one of the largest Federal Aviation Administration-approved aircraft dispatcher
certification schools in the world. Courses are designed
specifically for working adults, and students may earn a
dispatcher certificate in less than six months.
Flamingo Air dates to 1991, starting as a small air carrier
offering flightseeing tours around Cincinnati. The business grew, and in 1994, the company was granted a Part
135 certificate. It continued to expand, and in 2003, started
flight training. About seven years ago, Flamingo Air bought
Airline Ground Schools.
The company operates a flight school, drone operator
training school and a drone maintenance training program.
When not in use for training, the company uses its airplane
fleet to conduct sightseeing tours. Moreover, the company offers training for the aircraft electronics technician
standard and the Federal Communications Commission
general radiotelephone operator license. The flight school
fleet includes two Cessna 172s and a Piper Cherokee. The
drone program, called Worker Bee, operates a Phantom IV