The primary goal of the FSANA conference was to offer sessions designed to provide flight schools with helpful insights on several areas of operation, including student financing; government regulations; marketing; financial planning; insurance and a career track program for flight school certified flight instructors.

Keynote speaker Tom Hendricks, president and CEO of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) described how the pending 1500 hour to ATP rule for first officers would impact aviation. “The 1500 hour rule is going to be a huge challenge for all of us, and will cause a serious system long-term shortage of pilots. This rule is an overreaction to a tragic mishap, it’s not going to work and it’s the wrong rule. We are going to have to work together to fix it by educating the legislature and coming together as an industry.”