Aviation fuel quality control is crucial to ensure the safe and efficient aircraft operations. The aviation industry relies heavily on the proper functioning of aircraft engines, and any compromise in fuel quality can have serious consequences. Aviation fuel is susceptible to various contaminants, which can lead to corrosion, fuel system blockages, and other issues. Quality control helps identify and mitigate contamination risks, ensuring aviation.

Galaxy FBO hosted the two-day NATA’s Certified Quality Control Inspector Workshop at the Conroe North Houston Regional Airport on February 7th and 8th. The workshop was instructed by NATA and other leading industry experts on aviation fuel quality control and refueling safety. Designed for those who receive, handle, store, and distribute aviation fuels, the course provided the essential knowledge and skills needed for safe operations and the delivery of clean fuel. Galaxy FBO Line Service Technicians from ADS, CXO and HOU attended this course to boost their quality control knowledge and to receive their accreditations.

All participants gained hands-on experience and practical skills through a combination of lectures, hands-on exercises, and case studies. Upon successful completion, attendees received 139.321(e)(1) Fuel Safety Supervisor Certification, a recognized credential within the aviation industry.

For more information on upcoming NATA events, visit nata.aero 

Galaxy FBO recently hosted the Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association (aka, “COPA”) CPPP (COPA Pilot Proficiency Program) at the Conroe North Houston Regional (KCXO) Airport.

The Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association (COPA) is a non-profit global organization made up of like-minded individuals looking to stay safe in the air and build relationships on the ground through the online and in-person sharing of real-world aviation experiences utilizing the Cirrus Aircraft.

Conroe North Houston Regional Airport based Cirrus Aircraft as a Platinum Training and Service Center partner, Tidal Aviation was a featured program partner for the event.

The CPPP (COPA Pilot Proficiency Program) is recurrent training program that focuses on Cirrus Aircraft specific education, safety, and flying proficiency for pilots, owners, and partners seeking to make the most of their Cirrus experience. The informative weekend-long events are tailored to the participant’s recurrent training requirements and include intense ground instruction, and hands-on flight instruction. In addition, all CPPP participants and their partners are attended social events at the Black Walnut Cafe, located on the third floor of the Galaxy FBO building.

You are cleared to Take Off! Choosing the right flight school is a crucial step in your journey to becoming a pilot.

Here are some steps to help you pick the right flight school:

  1. Decide what type of pilot you want to become (private, commercial, airline transport, etc.) and whether you want to pursue fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters. Different flight schools may specialize in different areas.
  2. Research flight schools in your area or in locations you’re willing to travel to. Use online resources, directories, and recommendations from other pilots to create a list of potential schools.
  3. Ensure that the flight school is accredited by the appropriate aviation authority in your country, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States. Accreditation is an important indicator of quality and safety standards.
  4. Visit the school! This will give you a chance to see the facilities, meet the instructors, and get a feel for the school’s culture and environment.
  5. Talk to current and former students: Speak with current and former students to gather insights into their experiences with the school. Ask about the quality of instruction, aircraft maintenance, and overall satisfaction.
  6. Ensure that the flight school has a well-maintained and up-to-date fleet of aircraft. The variety and condition of aircraft available can affect your training experience.
  7. Check Instructor qualifications: Instructors play a vital role in your training. Experienced and knowledgeable instructors can greatly impact your learning experience.
  8. Research the school’s safety record and accident history. A good safety record is a strong indicator of a well-managed flight school.
  9. Compare the cost of training at different schools. Consider not only the hourly rates for aircraft and instruction but also additional costs such as ground school, materials, and examination fees.
  10. Consider the school’s location in terms of accessibility, weather conditions, and the availability of other resources like accommodation and transportation. Texas airports are ideal for year-around flight training.

By following these steps and conducting thorough research, you can make an informed decision when selecting the right flight school for your aviation journey.

Houston Area Flight Schools at the Conroe North Houston Regional Airport

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Galaxy FBO’s team at the Conroe North Houston Regional Airport (KCXO) has come top of the 2023 North America Business Air News (BAN) FBO survey – ‘FBO Feedback 23’.

Business Air News surveys its business aircraft owner and operator subscribers annually to determine the leading fixed base operators in North America and in the EMEA region. The winners were announced at the annual NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas on October 2023. Galaxy FBO Vice President Cory Merryman received the award from Business Air News’ Brad Wright at the show (below). To view the complete article on BAN’s ‘fbo survey 23’, visit businessairnews.com

We try and make everyone feel this is a home away from home, regardless of what type or size of aircraft they fly. With our ‘trust at every turn’ motto, we make it known to the crew members that we have their back, and we care about their safety as our top priority. A recognition from Business Air News will help our high standards become more widely known.

John Lowry, General Manager at Galaxy FBO KCXO

Make Your Opinion Count!

Business Air News ‘fbo feedback’ survey is open year-around for you to cast your vote for your favorite Fixed Base Operation and handler. Visit www.businessairnews.com/feedback_form.html to evaluate your TOP FBOs today!

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