65 Pilots signed up to Knocked the Rust off and attended Stallion 51’s AOPA Rusty Pilots Seminar at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM) March 3, 2018.
The P-51 Mustang has inspired pilots for decades to learn how to fly. This past weekend, the chance to sit in the hangar with Stallion 51’s stable of P-51 Mustangs inspired pilots from as far away as Oklahoma and New York to register for AOPAs program that has encouraged and enabled thousands pilots to get back in the cockpit again.
AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) has been hosting Rusty Pilots seminars all over the country but on March 3rd pilots got enthused all over again because this seminar was being held in Stallion 51’s hangars with their stable of P-51 Mustangs! At least 500,000 pilots have been away from flying and need a way to get current again. The half day seminar offered 3 hours of ground instruction that counts toward completing the mandatory flight review.
Attending Pilots also had the opportunity to hear Dr. William Busch, AVDOC 51’s Senior FAA AME, speak about how to prepare to get your FAA medical current as well as how to stay healthy enough to stay in the cockpit. The next step for Rusty Piltos is to get their FAA Medical Current. “Doc Busch” and AVDOC51 are available to help with the sometimes complicated process of getting you medical back especially if you have possible special issuance issues or need HIMS support.
Kissimmee Gateway Airport’s Tower Manager, “Huck” Huceba, also shared with the attendees some airport procedures and etiquette that will keep them safe as they venture back into the airport’s traffic pattern.
Local flight schools were also in attendance to help answer questions on how to take their training to the next step; getting back in the cockpit and their Flight review.
It was an educational and entertaining day that inspired many to KNOCK THE RUST OFF and get back to the fun of flying. Find one near you and get back in the cockpit! https://www.aopa.org/training-an…/lapsed-pilots/rusty-pilots