As part of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association‘s You Can Fly program to get more pilots flying and keep them flying, 23 scholarships have been awarded to student pilots and already certificated pilots to continue their primary and advanced flight training.[Read more…]
The pilot and mechanic shortage has affected so much in our industry, from airlines to flight schools to universities and colleges, including Polk State College in Florida.
In just the last few years, the college has expanded its aerospace programs to help meet the increasing demand for qualified employees.
“I don’t know the date and time that it happened, but the airlines and corporate flight departments woke up, and they were like, ‘you know what, we should probably, I don’t know, build the next generation or something like that,’” says Eric Crump, program director of Polk State Aerospace. “And they came to education and asked ‘how can we help?’”[Read more…]
By Ted Luebbers
Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 534 has awarded a $10,000 Ray Aviation Scholarships to Mateo Colmenero. The money is to be used for flight training towards a private pilot’s certificate.
Mateo has spent four years learning how to build and repair aircraft through EAA Chapter 534’s Aviation Youth Program. It has always been his dream to become a professional pilot and one day fly for an airline.[Read more…]
One of the controversies surrounding Light-Sport Aircraft has to do with that first word in that term: “Light.”
Early on, one LSA importer lobbied to remove the word as it was negatively viewed, he believed.
Indeed, outside of the LSA community, many pilots I’ve spoken to often say these aircraft are too lightly built to withstand the rigors of flight training, one of the more demanding of all aviation activities.
“Yes, an experienced pilot may love a LSA,” they may concede, “but these aircraft cannot hold up to regular flight instruction duty.”
Enthusiasts may be biased in favor of LSA, but what would an actual flight school operator say?[Read more…]
SEATTLE — one-G Simulation‘s Cessna 172 G1000 based flight simulator is now available on a pay-per-use basis via the company’s one-G Access Program.
The one-G Foundation 1000 is approved as an Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) and includes a model specific instrument panel based on the Garmin G1000.
Since the one-G Access Program launch in 2015, qualifying flight schools have benefited from having the option of adding an FAA Approved AATD to their fleet with no upfront cost, company officials note.[Read more…]
ORLANDO – Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 4, for FlightSimExpo. Starting June 5, prices will increase, organizers note.
Online registration is $80, and includes two-day tradeshow floor access, panels and seminars, a conference bag, drinks and appetizers, and a six-month membership with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). The event also offers an FAA WINGS – Pilot Proficiency Program seminar hosted by the Orlando FAAST Program Manager.[Read more…]
Aviation’s advocacy groups joined forces recently to opposed House Bill 1947, which would place a cap on flight training benefits for veterans.
A joint letter was sent by the groups to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
“Working as a civilian commercial pilot is a rewarding career. However, it requires thorough, in-depth, and complex training. Without the aid of their promised veterans’ benefits, most veterans can ill afford such training. We believe that as a nation, we have an obligation to meet the needs of veterans. This is especially true when it comes to benefits promised them, including providing financial assistance for achieving their educational goals,” the groups wrote.[Read more…]