Boeing forecasts rising demand for commercial pilots and technicians

Boeing  is forecasting continued strong growth in demand for commercial pilots and maintenance technicians as the global fleet expands over the next 20 years.

Boeing’s 2014 Pilot and Technician Outlook, released last week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, projects that between 2014 and 2033, the world’s aviation system will require 533,000 new commercial airline pilots and 584,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians.

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OSH bound in a classic LSA

By ALBERT DYER

So, here it is, late July. For me, that means aviation convention and airshow. Not just any — the largest in the USA. And I wanted to attend in my LSA.

EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. — or OSH as it is known among pilots — is an event where pilots dream of going. As I prepared to go a few years ago, I could have driven there and camped as thousands of pilots and aviation enthusiasts do. Or, I could fly into the convention as thousands and thousands and thousands of pilots do.

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Flying Musicians return to Oshkosh

The Flying Musicians Association will once again unite pilots who are musicians at the Big Dance in Oshkosh, Wis., for the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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Flying the Searey

I’m retired, so officially every day is a day off. But I do a lot of writing and lately, I’ve been looking for a little more fun in my new home state of Florida. Last week, I kicked around some boat clubs and breezed through the sailboat ads. Then, my EAA chapter emailed that Searey was bringing its seaplanes to the Spruce Creek Fly-In community.

I loved the pilots-eye video of flying this most successful LSA seaplane. I wanted to know more. So I went to the company, based in “America’s Seaplane City” of Tavares, Florida.

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Father’s Day flying memories

With the advent of Father’s Day, Air Facts blogger John Zimmerman shares his memories of flying with his Dad: “I’ve been flying with my dad for literally my entire life, growing up in the back of different airplanes while he flew me and my three brothers on family trips. Occasionally, I got to move up front to the right seat. A look through the family photo albums finds the obligatory picture of me in the cockpit with my dad, yoke in hand, smiling from ear to ear. It’s pretty clear I thought my dad was a superhero back then, and 20 years as a pilot myself haven’t changed that opinion much.” Read the full post here.

Redbird Challenge on final approach

Think you have mad pilot skills? Are you willing to prove it and possibly win a free trip to AirVenture?

You  can, if you enter the Flying Cup Challenge sponsored by Redbird Flight Simulations, Flying Magazine, Jeppesen and ForeFlight.

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Garmin introduces VIRB Elite Aviator Action Pack

Garmin has introduced aviation-specific accessories for the VIRB action camera.

VIRB Elite features a 1.4-inch Chroma color display, which makes setup and playback simple and ensures pilots capture the in-flight footage they desire, Garmin officials noted.

VIRB Elite offers up to three hours of HD video to be recorded on a single charge and offers built-in GPS, WiFi and ANT+ connectivity for added functionality with a variety of Garmin products.

The VIRB Elite Aviation Bundle and Aviator Action Pack offer a new stereo headset audio cable, so pilot-to-pilot communications and air traffic control transmissions can be heard and embedded within the video.

Also new to VIRB, a propeller filter reduces propeller distortion created while filming video in-flight. Even while taking high quality still photos with VIRB, propeller distortion is reduced from the photo when the prop filter is attached. The prop filter screws on to the front of VIRB, allowing pilots to easily remove the filter when filming other activities.

garmin3The Aviator Action Pack includes all of the accessories in the VIRB Elite Aviation Bundle and adds the D2 Pilot Watch. The D2 Pilot Watch can wirelessly connect to VIRB, adding to the convenience of filming and taking photos in-flight. When VIRB is paired with D2, pilots may start/stop video and take photos, all VIRB Headset controlled from the D2 Pilot Watch.

In addition to the new headset cable and prop filter for aviation, Garmin is adding a suction cup mount, 16G Class 10 microSD card, and a free six-month trial to Garmin Pilot, to both bundles.

For more information: Garmin.com

Hayward Air Rally prepares for takeoff

Organizers note it’s less than 60 days from the start of the Hayward Air Rally from Hayward, Calif., to Oshkosh. More than 30 aircraft have entered to date, but organizers say they hope to have 50 to celebrate the rally’s 50th year.

Wonder what it’s like to fly in the air rally? Following is an account by Gil Takemori, who flew in the rally for the first time in 2013:

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Are you a ‘real’ pilot?

According to “experts” — whoever they may be — “real pilots” only fly taildraggers, don’t use GPS, and don’t cancel flights. But Air Facts blogger John Zimmerman says he has a different definition of a real pilot. “It starts with someone who is smart enough to stay alive while flying, and it ends with someone who has fun doing it.” See his list of 10 Things Real Pilots Do here.

Renting vs. owning

For many private pilots, renting makes more sense than buying an airplane. The ongoing costs of compliance, maintenance, and storage — added to the rising costs of fuel — can bring the hourly cost of flying your own aircraft within the range of renting one.

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