Amy Labus-Olson founded Flight Training Technologies (FTT) in 2015 with the goal to develop a learning management system for small business flight schools and independent CFIs. Amy wanted the product to be comprehensive, user-centered, affordable and exude professionalism.
Prior to her work as a CFII, Amy taught for college and university intensive English language programs in the US and abroad. She used many web-based learning management systems and grade books in her career. She found these systems to be excellent for managing students. They organized information in a helpful way, and made student assessment and tracking easy and painless. These systems also made the data available to everyone involved in the student’s learning. That saved time and helped everyone work seamlessly toward one goal.
During Amy’s flight training and as a CFI, she noticed that these tools were almost unknown among small business flight schools. Most of their record keeping was done on paper, and so these records were often unorganized, incomplete, hard to read, and even hard to find. She noticed it lead to poor student management and retention, which was bad for the student and bad for business.
What’s more, many CFIs are transient, and their students must often switch to new instructors during flight training. These transitions can be hard for both the student and their new flight instructor. Relying on a hard to decipher logbook for information about the student’s prior flight training makes smooth transitions even harder.
Amy knew something had to change. Students needed a more professional flight training experience, and that change had to begin with flight training information management or what she knew as learning management. She wanted to design something that she could use to manage her students the way she had managed her students in higher education.
With that goal in mind, she began work on Skynotes a Flight Training Learning Management Web App. Designed especially for Part 61 flight schools and independent CFIs, Skynotes has everything the user needs for success in their flight training program. It even tracks their progress, lessons/coursework, flight time and more!
Like you, FTT’s goal is to keep students and instructors informed and engaged in the flight training program from start to certified. No matter how many CFIs they may have throughout their training!
FTT is excited about Skynotes and the potential that lies ahead!