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Training flights

Post by joefremont » Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:06 pm

Hi Flyers,

I have though for some time that 'training flights' could be used as a free way to transfer aircraft and that was a hole that should be fixed, but was not sure if there was a fair way to fix it, but the other day I had a brain wave I though I would share.

Lets say when a pilot take a plane on a training flight, we record the airport where they started, from then on, until they return to that airport the plane can only be used for training flights. The VA could always transfer the aircraft back to the starting airport with no cost and no delay.

I have to go into the booking system a bit for cargo because once packages are loaded onto an aircraft that aircraft can not be used for training flights so if there is any positive feedback I could include this feature also.

Let me know what you think.
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Re: Training flights

Post by MrJTSZ » Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:17 pm

It's a good idea, only that it occurs to me that maybe they make a school flight to an airport to move a pilot or plane to operate at another airport.
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Re: Training flights

Post by joefremont » Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:24 pm

MrJTSZ wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:17 pm
It's a good idea, only that it occurs to me that maybe they make a school flight to an airport to move a pilot or plane to operate at another airport.
Exactly, using a school flight as a free transfer. I suppose we could always just charge the VA for the actual fuel used in the training flight (at 1x) which would be a simpler solution. It's really not that much of a problem right now, just one of those perceived holes in the system that could be exploited, and having the free transfer back if the student pilot quits would be an advantage to the VA, but I am not sure if it's worth the complexity.
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Re: Training flights

Post by Cat » Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:23 pm

Makes no fiscal sense to use a training flight to transfer airplanes when you can be making money instead. We often prefer to fly our planes to new base instead of transfer them so they can be profitable on the way there.
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Re: Training flights

Post by joefremont » Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:50 pm

Cat wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:23 pm
Makes no fiscal sense to use a training flight to transfer airplanes when you can be making money instead. We often prefer to fly our planes to new base instead of transfer them so they can be profitable on the way there.
Good point, that's the way I always transferred aircraft, when I had time that is. Never mind on this idea then.
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