Pilot shortage: Where’d all the pilots go?

Professional pilot Erika Armstrong asks — then answers — that question in a recent blog post at DisciplesofFlight.com. The problem, she says, comes down to respect and pride. “The aviation industry begs for leaders who recognize the balance required between honoring this glorious industry, while still making enormous amounts of money. It can be done, but not with a ruler and discipline. It will be done with respect, pride and profit. Bring back the pride and you will bring back the pilots.”

Couple using SocialFlight for airport wedding

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Jeff Praskac and Kim Geczi will be married at Solberg Airport (KN51) on Friday, July 17, at 5 pm. The couple is using SocialFlight to organize as many pilots as possible to bring aircraft to the airport as a wonderful “aviation backdrop” for the wedding.

When Jeff and Kim decided to get married, the couple knew that aviation would have to be a part of their celebration.  They decided that the perfect location was where Jeff has been a flight instructor for the past two years.  [Read more…]

Call to action over ATC privatization and user fees issued

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In his most outspoken opposition to date about a Congressional plan for legislation that would create a privatized air traffic control (ATC) system funded by user fees, Ed Bolen, president of the National Business Aviation Association, sounded a call to action to oppose such a plan before a gathering of more than 3,000 attendees at the 2015 NBAA Regional Forum at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey on June 25. [Read more…]

FAA plans to discontinue printed WACs

The FAA has issued a notice of policy to discontinue World Aeronautical Charts (WACs) without a public comment period.

This concerns officials at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, according to an online report by David Tulis, that quotes Melissa Rudinger, the association’s vice president of government affairs: “AOPA is very concerned that pilots’ voices must be heard regarding any proposed charting changes that would affect safety and we are opposing this decision. We are very frustrated and surprised that the decision to discontinue these charts has circumvented the normal channels for comment and has not been fully vetted with stakeholders.”

The association opposes the notice of intent and “will strongly urge the FAA to answer questions pilots might have first, and then provide a public comment period, before initiating any changes to the WAC series.”

 

FlightSimCon attracts crowds

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FlightSimCon 2015, the third annual flight simulation and aviation conference, was held June 13-14 at the New England Air Museum at Bradley International Airport, near Hartford, Connecticut.

With 320 attendees, 19 exhibitors, 31 sponsors, and 16 speakers, FlightSimCon 2015 was the largest flight simulation-focused event in North America in the past several years, according to organizers. [Read more…]