U.S. Popular for Flight Training

Rudi Dekkers, owner of Huffman Aviation in Venice, Fla., said the two men under investigation trained at his flight school from July to November 2000, first on small single-engine planes and then on a small multi-engine plane. He said they left after getting a multi-engine license in November to seek jet training at another flight school in Florida.

Henry George, owner of SimCenter flight school at Opalocka Airport near Miami, said his company gave the men two days of jet simulator training in December. The simulator was designed to prepare pilots to fly a Boeing 727, he said.

Nance said that two days on a 727 simulator was minimal preparation to fly a larger 757 or 767. "Training for a 727 would get them in the ball park, but two days is very little," he said, adding that the two men might have taken the 727 training to make themselves appear more qualified for a school offering training on 757s and 767s.

Boeing designed the 757 and 767 jets with a common flight deck to simplify pilot training.

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