ASTM developing standards for training aviation employees


ASTM International, one of the largest standards development organizations in the world, is forming a group to develop standards for training workers in the aerospace industry. ASTM Committee F46 on Aerospace Personnel will be led by manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and other key stakeholders.

“We are bringing everyone together to help ensure a strong pipeline of workers who can keep up with the fast pace of technological change in this dynamic industry,” says James A. Thomas, president of ASTM International. [Read more…]

The top five skills a pilot must learn

Blogger Tori Williams at makes the case that there’s five essential skills a pilot must learn (besides all that airplane stuff): Good Study Habits; A Willingness to Make Mistakes; Quick Decision Making; Punctuality; and A Sense of Adventure. Check it out here, then comment below if you agree or are there are other skills essential to being a safe pilot she didn’t mention?

RPA-free airspace coming soon above your home


“The drone industry – in 2014 – delivered enough units to more than double the entire number of aircraft in the United States,” says founder Ben Marcus. “And that, for many people, is a privacy issue.”

With that, Marcus – an ATP-rated pilot, flight instructor and co-founder of aircraft brokerage firm jetAVIVA, launched “Most of the major drone manufacturers are including a no-fly database of airports in their software. We are adding other types of sites to the no-fly database, including individually opted-out properties.” [Read more…]