Another aviation school lands in trouble over insurance

Ormond Beach city filed a court injunction late Friday to stop an aviation school at the municipal airport from flying planes because it’s operating without liability insurance.

Adrian Thompson, owner of Euro American School of Aviation (formerly Ormond Beach Aviation), earlier this week received a notice — the second since January — that his business was in violation of city ordinances, warning that if the matter went unresolved a court order would be sought to ground his planes.

In that letter, Ann-Margret Emery, deputy city attorney, quoted the Ormond Beach ordinance that requires: “All commercial operations shall protect the city and the general public, customers, and clients of such operations, from any and all lawful damages, claims or liability” by having the necessary insurance.

She added that the flight school was first notified Jan. 22 about past-due rent and the expiration of liability insurance at its “fuel farm.”

“It has since been determined that your business operation, flight school, located at the airport is operating without any liability insurance in violation of the law,” Emery wrote in her March 3 letter.

Thompson, a longtime political activist in the city, was implicated by the State Attorney’s Office last year as having a role in an attempt to smear Mayor Fred Costello.

In an e-mail Friday, Thompson said he was being singled out by an “arbitrary action” aimed at closing his business.

Emery said Friday the city sees the matter with Thompson as a landlord-tenant issue, wanting to “make sure if something happens (an accident), there’s coverage.”

An employee at Thompson’s school Friday said the planes are still flying.

The FAA doesn’t require insurance, and Emery said, in general, there’s no way to know what planes are covered when they fly in and out of town. But she said the city holds to a “higher standard” for flight schools based at the municipal airport.

Emery said the city is not more legally vulnerable because Thompson’s school doesn’t have comprehensive general liability insurance.

“The existence of the ordinance doesn’t shift the liability. This won’t increase our liability as owners of the airport,” she said. “We’re trying to get them to get the insurance. If it goes to court, we want the judge to force them to get the insurance. Either get the insurance or don’t continue. But our ultimate goal is not to close a business.”

Thompson said the city initially gave him 60 days from Jan. 22 to show proof of insurance, or face termination of his lease. He said he was “diligently working” to accomplish that.

But Thompson said the action against him, the motive, involved the city’s “real, personal and discriminatory agenda in this matter” to close his business.

He added: “We are using our best efforts and endeavors to cure this issue, but the arbitrary and summary action of the city in withdrawing their pre-disclosed 60-day compliance requirement without notice, and the accompanying threat of court action to secure the city’s unreasonable position is unacceptable in every regard and speaks volumes as to the real intent of the city.”

Last November, state prosecutors cleared Mayor Costello of all allegations of abuse by his adopted daughter and found she sought the help of two of her father’s political rivals to smear his reputation. One was Thompson.

The state prosecutor’s report said Thompson “had sent a pilot to North Carolina to bring Angela Cavanaugh to Florida to make allegations of sexual abuse against her father.” No charges were filed against Thompson.

Thompson is scheduled for trial March 15 in a criminal case in Volusia County filed last year. He faces a charge of misdemeanor battery leveled by a former female employee who was 21 years old.

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Now a flying school in Arizona does American School of Aviation act

Hi Guys

Thank you for putting up your experience. I am of the opinion that most of the flying schools are scams and an awareness should be created among interested individuals. I am in a similar predicament as you guys. I joined a flying school in Arizona in June and had to withdraw from the school in November as the training was deficient. In spite of having a signed contract I haven’t received the balance back.i. e$23000 which I was to receive on 1 Jan 2009. The school I was training in ain’t bankrupt as yet.

However I am determined to get my deposit back. I would really appreciate if somebody could give me inputs as to how to go about it….

Cindy

We may have made our mistakes along the way, but we are also humans with a limited capacity… and ASA was a business!

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At least we do not deserve to be stoned all the way. Our main goal was the quality of training, we may have made our mistakes along the way, but we are also humans with a limited capacity… and ASA was a business, a successful business for 6 years in a row. but if the US and countries governments still can’t solve the fuel problems, why did people think we can? Consider this, Six months ago, we went to all the students saying you have to pay an additional $6,000 to $8,000 more for your training, what would have been the response? i personally went to UAE, China to get more profitable business so your families does not have to come up with the additional funds.

I am surprised, that Sasha Puri, Vikram Pawar, Suraj Chopra and Ameya Kameth did not mention to any one, that they paid their tuition in Gurgaon and that ASA in California never got a penny out of it?!! Specially that 3 of them already graduated, now was ASA out to Scam student? How about each one who paid the $2,000 deposit in Gurgaon? And the US never got a penny of it, but all of you got the credit on your account?

Now every one is going after the management, fine, put your self in Prince’s shoes and he admits he is an AW!!

On New Year’s Day, Juana opens up the school and is feeding the fish in the tank; guess what she found in there?
A: HUMAN POOP!!

On a weekend evening, a drunken student pulls the fire alarm (Accidently!!) who had to leave the house to baby sit the reset of the students?

Students playing cricket in the parking lot, using the school’s furniture as goals..
For God Sake, we had to teach students to take a shower before showing up for class!!

Add to that, dealing with the FAA, Mechanics, India, lawyers, accountants, airport management for every little thing that students do!!

Parents, how do I tell a father, that your son is drinking every night and I have an arrest warrant for him? How do I tell your parents, your son is not showing up for lessons because the schedule is too early?! How do we tell them, your son is too busy with the bank teller and does not have time to study?!! Etc…

Here is what happened,
April last year 2007, Gurgaon was shut down costing a lot of money
July, was the last KFA interview
November, KFA staff came to visit to expand the relationship, instead, students complained about the housing and God knows what else, so they did not give a damn and cancelled the tie up!!
Still in November, 17 Students panicked and left the school creating more negative publicity.

Here is a quick lesson in business, if your current customers are pushing your new customers away for whatever reason, you run out of money and eventually your business runs out!!

ASA lost the market in India, even though, over 200 students graduated form there, all of the sudden, every one forgot that fact!!
November, I go to UAE to get some business, I got one student
March I got to China to get some business, it takes time
April I go to Egypt to get some business, we got 3 .

All of that and the FAA is on our tail to shut us down, in 2007, we had 109 inspections, and my question to them, if we were so bad, why did not you shut us down?!! And if we were not so bad, why did you inspect us 109 times?
I still do not have an answer to that, the FAA alone, costed 20% of Prince’s work week just to entertain them!! Why is it, that none of the students asked them that question?

I am sorry the management had to be strict as we did not have time to baby sit adults who were suppose to be in the air lines in a matter of months, I hope your future captains will make sure to tuck you in your seat before you fly!! Our main goal was to make you a pilot because we truly believed that one day thought out your career, the only thing that will save your life is your training, and that was our priority number 1.

They took our airplanes, cars and our house is about to be taken, but no one can take this from us
Our safety record is 100%, 98% of our graduates are successfully employed and satisfied with the training.

Reny Kozman

Options Abound in Massage Education

massage_therapistFor years, research has shown the physical and mental health benefits of massage therapy. Massage can relieve pain, reduce stress and lift mood, which is especially important during the short, dark days of winter. In older days it was advisable to travel far away (whichever was nearer to your country) countries for Massage therapy. For Instance, Arab world preferred Kerala (India) while other asian countries relied upon famous Thai massage. Europe swears by the Swedish Massage but not anymore. You are not required to spend huge amount of money for massage therapy holidays anymore.

Massage therapy has come a long way. The thing about massage therapy is that it’s an industry that keeps growing because of the diversification. There’s always going to be a need for people who are dealing with health issues or need physical therapy. Mobile massages are now growing. An employer can ask for chair massages for their employees.

Massage therapy is one of the best know means of manipulating the body with the hands and other tools in a manner that relieves tension, exercises muscles and provides therapeutic stimulation to the body. This brief explanation is by no means all inclusive or respective of the many different types of massage therapy techniques, formulas, formats and the like that are used today in countries around the world. Whether you are considering a career in massage therapy by joining one of massage therapist school or simply wish to earn continuing education units to maintain your current massage credential, there are all sorts of options when it comes to enrolling in a massage program. Unlike years past, when school schedules lacked flexibility, today’s massage education may frequently be tailored to the individual needs of the student.

Thanks to the advent of the Internet and the huge advances made in online learning in recent years, it is entirely possible to attend much of massage school online. This benefit spills over into continuing education as well, allowing bodyworkers to earn credits in continuing education from the comfort of their own home or office. The perks of enrolling in online massage classes are many, whether the course is part of one’s primary massage education or a class offered as continuing education with special arrangements in one of the  massage schools.

Massage certification—National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB), NCETM or Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx)—continues to become more prevalent nationwide as states choose to regulate their massage licensing more stringently with the utilization of massage exams. Choosing a quality school, as well as a quality practice exam program, becomes imperative to pass the rigorous massage exams offered in your state. The spa industry is one of the main sources of employment for a massage therapist, whether just out of massage school and trying to build a client base or decades into the business and enjoying the spa environment.

Premier Helicopters Launches cadet pilot program for Helicopters

md_500ePremier Helicopters LLC and ArcOne Charters India have launched a cadet pilot program for helicopter pilots in India.
As a precursor to the launch of its Indian operations in 2009, Premier Helicopters LLC USA has decided to launch a cadet pilot program to train dedicated and talented Indian candidates as helicopter pilots. After finishing this self sponsored program, the cadets will be given options to join Premier Helicopters in its operations in India or abroad based on certain conditions.

The program is restricted to 40 cadets only and is based on a selection exam conducted in New Delhi on the 21st of December 2008.The flight training will be in the company hanger in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
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The requirements for the program are that the candidate (male or female) has to have cleared his/her 12th board examinations with physics and mathematics and should be above 18 years of age and medically fit as per DGCA requirements.

New generation travel sites and blogs of our times

New generation has arrived already unnoticed and making felt their presence very loudly! Mad-mad world of e-travel is no more governed by the Kayak or Expedia, not even by IAN’s brainchild Hotel dot com or rivals Booking dot com but bunch of novice bloggers.

The other day I was browsing huge possibilities of education travel market which is very popular business these days in India. It seems that Education Travel Agents or one can say Study Abroad Consultants are not very keen on spending lot of money on e-solutions and to be very frank it is not easy to offer anything of such kind on the WWW but still Global Study Resources has done a remarkable job of engaging few big travel companies along with Careerbuilder and hostelbookers to offer all services one student requires for study abroad drill on single web site.

Study Abroad Commission Junction, a wordpress.com blog is one of the best examples of how to bind the business communities together for one and only cause; ‘BUSINESS’. I really liked the design and whole concept of this unique blog which is proving out to be one of the most busiest platform for Study Abroad Agents, marketing managers of Language Schools, Colleges & Universities worldwide. Updated information about the worldwide study abroad workshops is available for Agents and educational institutes. Most interesting part of the blog is it’s posts which are some times very hard hitting and discuss very serious matters.

Travel blogs are not about travelogues or beautiful pictures any more. New age of travel bloggers can be seen reporting from the Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Destination On Time sent it’s reporter which I was told is founder of this blog to Bangkok to cover the deadly drama of Bangkok’s Airport siege last month.  They do offer online air and hotel booking also.

Honor of being one of the most popular travel blog in Scandinavia or at least Sweden goes to Viking Goes Traveling which enjoys high Swedish traffic ranks and affiliation with almost all the major online travel players of Sweden. I liked the name though!

Now comes the turn of very controversial travel blog which deals in very serious matters such as Human Trafficking, Illegal Border Crossings, Illegal Immigration and other controversial stories related with travel industry. Blog is very well affiliated and monetized mainly with Linkshare.

And finally last but not least a new kid on the block. A blog which deals mainly with media related stories has come up recently and doing remarkable job of addressing the cause. Blog’s title says it all; ‘WE WILL BE BACK AFTER SHORT COMMERCIAL BREAK‘.

Solo Flight School providing free pilot training to stranded Indian student

Aneesh Mullacheri traveled halfway around the world only to watch his dream of becoming an American commercial pilot became a nightmare. Solo Flight School in Lakeport is helping him get back in the air with free private pilot training. (Tiffany Revelle)

Aneesh Mullacheri traveled halfway around the world only to watch his dream of becoming an American commercial pilot became a nightmare. Solo Flight School in Lakeport is helping him get back in the air with free private pilot training. (Tiffany Revelle)

By Tiffany Revelle — Record-Bee.com

LAKE COUNTY, CA – To call Aneesh Mullacheri determined is an understatement. He traveled halfway around the world only to watch his dream of becoming an American commercial pilot became a nightmare. But he hasn’t given up.

A six-month time limit on his visa is ticking while he eats and sleeps less than 100 yards from the small aircraft he will fly in Santa Rosa this weekend for the last leg of his private pilot licensing exam. His flight school American School of Aviation in Atwater, CA folded in July, taking the $40,000 he’d paid upfront and leaving him stranded. Solo Flight School in Lakeport is helping him get back in the air with free private pilot training.

“I know something good is going to happen,” Mullacheri said, a sparkle in his brown eyes.

In the same breath, Mullacheri acknowledged that flying days are over if he has to go back to India when his visa expires in February. He landed in San Francisco on his 18th birthday, ready to start commercial pilot training at the American School of Aviation in Atwater.

Mullacheri had $400 to his name and nowhere to live when the school declared bankruptcy. He called home for help – but not to his family.

“I didn’t want to give my grandfather another heart attack,” Mullacheri said.

Solo Flight School Co-owner Nancy Brier and her family took Mullacheri under their collective wing in October when they learned of his plight. The family’s already thin budget can only bear the cost of his private pilot license training, which is the first step to a commercial pilot license, which in turn is a stepping-stone to becoming a test pilot and ultimately an astronaut.

“My goal would be to at least help him get his commercial license,” Brier said.

She said the money is coming out of her family’s personal account, on top of providing transportation, living quarters and personal support. The family felt compelled, she said, not just by his circumstances, but also by his spirit.

Mullacheri said he felt responsible for his grandfather’s first heart attack during his eight-month struggle to get his visa and scrape together enough money for the flight school. His grandfather had been his only supporter at home, and had loaned him the money he still needed after selling approximately two acres of farming land he had inherited from his mother for approximately $25,000.

On top of selling everything he owned, Mullacheri broke centuries-old social traditions in his homeland of India by daring to follow that dream. His grandparents raised him after his mother died and his father dropped out of his life when he was four years old.

His career choices were down to a literal coin toss between the engineering and medical professions, with his peers and his grandparents tossing the coin. Mullacheri wanted more.

“They never ask what is your interest, what do you want to be? That is what I saw here, they are really optimists (here). But in my place, no. Maybe one in a thousand will be an optimist. All the others say, ‘Never dream big things,'” Mullacheri said.

Flight instructor Vernon Childers has walked Mullacheri through almost a month and a half of private pilot lessons, and said he “could use 20 more just like him” who have his determination and work ethic. Childers said Mullacheri passed the oral part of his exam in 30 minutes, a process that can take hours.

To learn more about Mullacheri’s circumstances or to help, call the Solo Flight School at 263-9920.

Contact Tiffany Revelle at trevelle@record-bee.com, or call her directly at 263-5636 ext. 37.