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California postsecondary law rewritten to accommodate flight training organizations and instructors

September 6, 2011, 07:18 pm

Flying schools in California previously subjected to the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 may soon see some financial relief from the stringent compliance rules the act had imposed on flight schools and private flight instructors. These schools and professionals experienced a significant burden in the form of fees and other requirements that would have effectively put many flight training organizations out of business, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.


The bill, originally designed to charge colleges and universities, included flight programs in its compliance regulations, charging many organizations an enormous percentage of their earnings in fees. An addendum sponsored by state Senator Jean Fuller would provide language that exempts relatively low-cost organizations that require neither prepayment nor contractual enrollment, according to the source.

The measure is expected to go into effect quickly, as it includes a clause that allows it to take effect as soon as it is signed by the Govenor of California, Jerry Brown.

Pilots and flight instructors operate in a unique socioeconomic sphere, and just as legislation designed to impose fees on postsecondary institutions is not perfectly applicable to flight training organizations, insurance for the average citizen may not be applicable to pilots. Pilot insurance, offered to aviators through a number of aviation organizations, provides specific coverage for the unique needs of airmen and women.

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