As part of the FAA’s Fly Safe: Prevent Loss of Control Accidents national safety campaign, FAA officials are releasing tutorials on various topics that will help prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents. The latest topic is best glide speed. [Read more…]
Two Greenville, S.C., pilots have joined forces to create a new group for minority pilots called Southeast Aviators.
While a relatively new pilot — he got his private ticket in April — Theron Burton has been fascinated with flight since he was a child. A ride in a neighbor’s plane when he was just 12 ignited the fire for him to finally pursue his certificate last year.
But he noticed one thing at the airport: There weren’t a lot of other minority pilots. [Read more…]
Flying Again is the creation of Jason Schappert, his wife and business partner, Ashley Schappert, and director, John Ellis. There is a whole long list of other contributors who brought this feature-length movie to fruition, and all of them deserve their time in the sun. I encourage you to read the credits carefully when you see the movie. And yes, I expect you will see it. If you’re lucky, you’ll see it more than once.
Unlike most Hollywood productions that use aviation as a backdrop for political intrigue, romantic liaisons, or blowing up everything in sight, Schappert and his crew have done something truly unique and satisfying. They’ve made a movie that shows exactly how diverse the general aviation marketplace is and successfully exposes our individual weaknesses for what they are — common issues that can be remedied fairly easily.
“If you like airplanes, you need to be watching this movie,” says Schappert. [Read more…]
During the depths of the Great Recession in 2009, U.S. airlines hired just 30 pilots, a record industry low. This year, they are on track to hire nearly 4,000, the most in the past 15 years. In fact, pilot hiring in 2016 “will set a new record,” according to Nevada-based FAPA.aero in its latest study. [Read more…]
As support for the Pilots Bill of Rights 2 (PBR2) continues to grow, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) has taken to the Senate floor to explain key provisions of the measure (see video below).
As of Sept. 25, 67 senators and 140 members of the House of Representatives from both parties had signed on to cosponsor PBR2. [Read more…]
At this week’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Boeing released a new forecast showing continued strong demand for airline pilots and maintenance technicians as the world’s airlines add 38,000 airplanes to the global fleet over the next 20 years.
Boeing’s 2015 Pilot and Technician Outlook projects that between 2015 and 2034, the world will require 558,000 new airline pilots and 609,000 new airline maintenance technicians. [Read more…]
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.”