Renting Airplanes Just Got Better with OpenAirplane

September 23rd, 2014

Renting airplanes with OpenAirplaneOpenAirplane Launches New Service

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CHICAGO, IL September 18, 2014 – Renting airplanes just got better as OpenAirplane launched a new service today to encourage pilots to fly more. The new feature rewards pilots who are renting airplanes using OpenAirplane for referring their friends to the company with a $25 credit the first time another pilot they referred flies using the program.  “We’ve found that pilots who have flown using OpenAirplane to be our very best advocates.” said Rod Rakic, co-founder at OpenAirplane, “We’ve built our referral program to get more pilots flying.”Pilots who have rented with our program automatically become eligible to refer their friends. Pilots can refer up to 5 of their friends by entering their email addresses. Any pilot who has not flown with OpenAirplane yet is eligible to help their friends earn credits.The first time each of the pilots who were referred flies using OpenAirplane, whether it is a checkout or a rental, a $25 credit will be automatically added to the referring pilot’s account. Pilots can earn up to $125 in credit if all 5 of their friends start flying with OpenAirplane.Credits earned will automatically be applied the next time the referring pilot flies with OpenAirplane, reducing the cost of flying any checkout or rental.OpenAirplane is now live at over 70 locations across the U.S., with the network offering everything from taildraggers to twins. Over 30 models and 250 aircraft are now available to rent with OpenAirplane. Over 8,000 pilots from around the U.S. now signed up to fly with OpenAirplane. OpenAirplane’s innovative reputation system brings transparency to both sides of the rental transaction for pilots and operators.Pilots who want to get started flying with the company can sign up for free at 

About OpenAirplane:

Established in May 2012 and based in Chicago, Illinois, OpenAirplane makes everyone’s pilot certificate more useful. The company offers a commerce platform for private aviation to make it easy to find, book, fly, and pay for aircraft rental online or a mobile device. OpenAirplane helps operators to get better utilization of their fleets, and helps pilots fly more.


Rod Rakic, co-founder, OpenAirplane, inc.


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Aviation Apps !

September 12th, 2014

There are literally thousands of aviation apps for pilots and flying enthusiasts available for both Android and Apple platforms.  Here is a small sampling of some of them to take for a test drive.  Try them. Many are free! Perhaps they are already some of your favorites.  Talk to other pilots and get their recommendations and feedback about the apps they use.  If these aren’t exactly what you want, or maybe you just want to explore, there are many other options at your fingertips in the app store!

FlightAware-logo-on-mevvy.com_FlightAware - This app provides free, live flight tracking of GA flights in the US and Canada, and commercial flights around the globe in real-time. Illustrations showing the aircraft’s position on a map while also portraying its previous flight path with a live NEXRAD overlay are very helpful. It also has a search function for specific data using aircraft registration, route, airline, flight number, city pair or airport code.

cloud ahoyCloudAhoy – CloudAhoy uses GPS satellite technology to view your flight path, enabling you to review it once you are on the ground. Data is recorded during a flight and afterwards.  You can lay it over terrain maps or aviation charts allowing for reports or data analysis in a 2D or 3D condition. Flight logging, listing and viewing is free. The debriefing service has an annual fee but one can try it out first.


fltplanFltplan Legacy– This app provides the total allowance of US and Canadian aviation charts (VFR and IFR), a documents manager, weather briefing tool, logbook, flight tracking and GPS navigation abilities, and airport FBO info for over 6,000 airports. The new version includes a aircraft checklist feature as well.  It is also able to store flight plan logs created on the website – a valuable tool for pilots.


aeropadAeropad – Providing access to PDF’s and images of any size, as well as PDF navigation, aircraft manuals, charts, and a variety of other flight materials, this app is very useful in the cockpit. To allow for an easier viewing experience, there are day and night viewing screens. It has easy file sharing capabilities, one click storing of info, and a whiteboard for writing notes.



Spin-a-Wind – This app is all about the wind. It can determine wind direction, pressure and density altitude.  It also enables a pilot to follow wind speed by runway number. In addition, runway and wind direction reels now scroll continuously. For safety purposes, this is a must have app!



WingX Pro7WingX Pro7 – This app requires an annual subscription with a free trial. Moving maps with tracking and in-flight reference using accurate digital charts is what sets this app apart.  A split screen allows for map viewing while also displaying charts. The latest version is compatible with Zaon XRX and SkyRadar ADS-B. Syncing with an external AHRS for altitude based display is also possible.


Aviation Weight and BalanceAviation Weight and Balance – It takes the sweat out of the process calculating the weight and balance of an aircraft.  There are over 600 pre-configured aircraft templates, so no problem finding the template you need.  Additionally, if your aircraft is not on the list, you can create a customized template for your aircraft.  Great APP!


Garmin PilotGarmin Pilot – This app gives pilots everything they need in one place. It includes pre-flight planning, in-flight navigation, DUATs filing, charts, interactive maps, weather briefing resources and navigation capabilities, and approach plates, just to name a few. It is designed like Garmin’s touchscreen cockpit systems and one’s device with pre-flight data can connect to the cockpit system for a seemless flight. Perhaps most impressive is the weather capabilities with NEXRAD radar, visible and infrared cloud imagery, lightning data, winds and temperature aloft and other weather essentials for a safe flight.

MyRadar weather radarMyRadar Weather Radar – Delivers a clear radar picture centered on your location within moments. Quick animation allows you to quickly assess precipitation shifts. By entering an aircraft N#, the app will show the filed route on a map. It allows you to zoom in on map details and gets storm warnings and real-time tracking of hurricanes from the Nationa Weather Service. The downside is that it only works in the contiguous 48 states of the US.


FlightlinkFlightlink – An in-flight cockpit recording app by Lightspeed that is expressly designed for use with Lightspeed Aviation headsets. Once you pair your headset over Bluetooth, the app records all communications, both cockpit and ATC, for instant playback and/or an archive of your flight communications.


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Aviation: The Invisible Highway – narrated by Harrison Ford – Official Trailer #1

August 29th, 2014

Official trailer for AVIATION: THE INVISIBLE HIGHWAY: A story about how the airplane has changed the world. Filmed in 18 countries across all 7 continents, it renews our appreciation for one of the most extraordinary and awe-inspiring aspects of the modern world. The documentary is produced and directed by Brian J. Terwilliger (“One Six Right”), narrated by Harrison Ford, and features an original score by Academy Award-winning composer James Horner. It’s scheduled for a 2015 release.

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AirVenture – A History of The World’s Largest Airshow

August 11th, 2014
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Start of AirVenture 2014, Oshkosh, Wi.

This year, between July 28th and August 3rd, we attended AirVenture, the world’s largest airshow. Each summer, it is a week at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin that is like no other.  It’s a week full of the latest in airplanes and helicopters, breathtaking air shows, films, energetic concerts, various demonstrations, workshops, and numerous other fun filled activities centered around aviation, attracting nearly 500,000 people every year.  This annual celebration of aviation is called EAA AirVenture and is held by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), which is an international community of people who all share the same love and appreciation of flight.

Originally called the EAA Fly-In, the first get-together was a part of the Milwaukee Air Pageant in September of 1953. Approximately 150 people attended and there were only a small number of airplanes.  Every year it grew and even before the 1950s ended, the EAA Fly-In out-grew the Milwaukee airport.

The event then moved to Rockford, Illinois Municipal airport.  With more space, the EAA Fly-In expanded its aviation interests to include warbirds, aerobatic performers, and antique aircraft. Soon Rockford could no longer contain the growing EAA Fly-In and once again the event had to relocate.

AirVenture Oshkosh

Warbird Alley at AirVenture

The airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, suggested by Steve Wittman, had the ideal qualities to host such an event.  The land surrounding the airport could accommodate the numerous airplanes, tents, and vehicles.  Also, the two runways at the airport didn’t intersect, allowing traffic to flow better. The EAA board approved the move to Oshkosh in 1969.

It turned out to be the perfect place and became the home of the  EAA Fly-In which was renamed EAA AirVenture in 1998. Each year approximately 500,000 people make the journey to Oshkosh with 10,000 aircraft in attendance. It is the biggest aviation event in the world!

X-Copter Simulator

X-Copter Helicopter Flight Simulator

This year’s  at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 had some great new additions! The Thunderbirds’ entire team of F-16s flew for the first time as a result of an increased acrobatic area for them to perform! Also, air shows were streamed online for everyone to enjoy. The newest helicopter flight simualtor, X-Copter, was at AirVenture this year – one of the first helicopter flight simulators to be on display at AirVenture.  There was also a ‘One Week Wonder’, an airplane built from a Zenith CH 750 Cruzer kit in seven days by everyone at the show who wanted to help and it flew! In addition, this year’s space themed days included special guest speakers discussing everything on the topic including private space exploration. Jack Pelton, EAA Chairman, stated in a recent interview that he sees space aviation as a growing and important sector of Oshkosh in the coming years.  EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is constantly changing and growing every year and it’s no wonder it has become aviation’s mecca!

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What are “quality” flight hours?

June 5th, 2014

Soon after getting your flight certificates and ratings you will want to start building up flight time.  If flying is a hobby, getting quality flight time will not only be fun, but it will make you a safer pilot.  If being a professional pilot and flying for a living is your dream, logging quality time is not an option, it’s a necessity.
But, what is “quality flight time”?  Consider Silvia and Nelson, both have just finished their flight training and are anxious to start getting paid to fly in hopes of becoming airline pilots one day.
Nelson marches himself to the local airport and applies for a sight seeing pilot position.  He gets the job and is soon taking passengers on sight seeing tours in a Cessna 182 showing them the majestic beauty of the Grand Canyon and area around it.
Silvia, on the other hand, starts flight instructing at her local flight school and soon has a couple of private pilot students and an instrument student.
Nelson logs almost 600 hours his first year!  Silvia only logs 430 hours.  Who has the most fight time?  And, more important, who has the most “quality flight time”?
While Nelson may have more hours in his logbook, most, if not all, of that flight time is VFR (Visual Flight Rules) day time.  Nelson probably hasn’t flown in instrument conditions very much (conditions in which you have no reference to an outside horizon and you have to fly and navigate with reference to the airplane’s instruments only).  Nelson also has little night time in his logbook.
Silvia has less total time, but her pilot skills are as sharp as they’ll ever be – student pilots tend to ask tough questions, keep you on your toes, and really test your abilities as a pilot.  Instrument students (students working on their Instrument rating) have kept Silvia’s instrument skills razor sharp.  She’s also been able to log a decent amount of cross country time and night time.
The point is, as in other aspects of life, you should concentrate on Quality as much, if not more so, than Quantity.  Employers hiring pilots know (or should know) the difference between someone who’s logged a lot of VFR day time versus someone who’s been willing to stretch outside their comfort zones in order to keep learning, improve their piloting skills, and really grow as a pilot.
Some of the best lessons I’ve learned as a pilot have come from flight instructing private pilot students or flying as a ferry pilot.  These experiences are priceless, but it required a commitment to seek out opportunities that would require stepping outside my comfort zone.  As a result, I can often hold my own when talking to pilots with a lot more flight time than I, but without as many interesting experiences.
Now, don’t get me wrong, any time you get an opportunity to fly (even as a sight seeing pilot), take it!  VFR day time is still better than no time.  But, make sure you continue to learn and grow as a pilot by seeking out opportunities that stretch your boundaries.
Here are 6 ideas to do just that:
1. If you’re a CFII, take on a good balance of primary and advanced students
Primary students will keep you on your toes and, since they can’t fly yet, will allow you to demonstrate many of the maneuvers before they can do it themselves.  Being a CFI, in and of itself, is a great way to stay sharp as pilot, be sure to check out the FAA handbook for flight instructors on the FAA website (
2. Attend FAA Safety Seminars
In addition to getting free information to keep you safe and legal, these are great opportunities to network with pilots in your area.  You never know who you might meet.  To sign up for these FREE seminars, visit the Flight Safety website (
3. Join an organization and do some x/c flying
Many airports are home to flying clubs or other flying organizations that will offer you the opportunity to participate on fly-ins and other adventures.  A great way to meet other pilots and gain from their expertise.  Social Flight ( is a great site that will keep you updated about flying activities in your area. (Social Flite)
4. Participate in a race
There are several air races throughout the year.  Even if you don’t own an airplane, you could join a team and become a involved in a race as a supporting member.  The Air Race Classic ( is one example of a fun race that happens annually.
5. Get an additional endorsement or get checked out in a different aircraft
Flying as many types of airplanes as you can is a great way to gain an indescribable type of experience.  It helps you become more in touch with the machines that you operate as your body and senses start discerning all the different nuances of different aircraft.  For example, the lessons I learned when earning my tailwheel endorsement translated to making me a much better pilot in any airplane I get to fly.
6. Offer to ferry airplanes
When I was building up flight time, ferrying was the bets way to do it fast!  You really have to be on top of your game, since you will be flying unfamiliar airplanes whose history you don’t know much about.  You’ll be flying over unfamiliar terrain, into and out of unfamiliar airports, and it’s almost a given that you’ll run into un-forcasted weather or unplanned mechanical issues.  Visit to read about my own ferrying adventures.
In conclusion, make sure to keep you skills sharp, always look for opportunities to learn and, of course, stay safe!
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What should I study to become a pilot?

May 31st, 2014

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The question comes up over and over, “I’m not good at math, but I want to be a pilot, what should I study in college?”
There is no right or wrong answer to this question…at least not in the sense that you might be thinking.  Perhaps because the question itself is flawed.  The real question should be, “How am I going to go about making my dreams a reality?”


Answering this question is going to take some soul searching.  First you have to determine what your dreams are.  Then, you have to determine what the steps are to achieving your dreams.  And the most important step, of course, is to start taking action.

Let’s go through this step by step:

1. What are you passionate about?

If you think you might be passionate about flying, you need to get specific and clear on what your ultimate goal is.  In other words, what type of pilot do you want to be and why?

If “money” or “status” are high on the list of reasons why you want to fly – you need to do some more soul searching.  Passion lies beyond material things – it’s something that you would do even if you didn’t get paid for it. The type of flying is also important – airline flying, for instance is different than corporate flying, different than military type flying, different than cargo flying, etc.  Find out what type of flying would suit you best.

2. Depending on the type of career you want, you now have to figure out a road map to get there.

Find companies offering the types of career you want or individuals who already have the type job you want.  Figure out what the requirements are.  College degree? Any special certifications?  For instance, most airlines require a college degree – they don’t specify what type of degree.  This is probably due to the fact that today’s aircraft are so sophisticated that they do most of the work for you.  If you can add, subtract, multiply, and divide, you have the required math skills required to be an airline pilot.

Other type of pilot careers may require more advanced degrees, e.g. Test Pilots usually have engineering degrees.

3. Take massive action.

Once you know the requirements, find out where get them.  Research schools, talk to others who have already achieved some level of success, and then act.  If you’re still not sure what to choose as a field of study in college, check out this article that will give you plenty of ideas.

Article Author: Ruth Morlas is dedicated to helping others reach their dream of becoming a pilot.  For more information visit

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Final Ruling on Helicopter Safety by the FAA

March 20th, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  issued a final rule in Feb 2014 that requires helicopter operators, including air ambulances, to have stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications, training, and additional on-board safety equipment. The rule represents the most significant improvements to helicopter safety in decades and responds to government’s and industry’s concern over continued risk in helicopter operations.

“This is a landmark rule for helicopter safety,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “These improvements will better prepare


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pilots and better equip helicopters, ensuring a higher level of safety for passengers and crew.”

All U.S. helicopter operators, including air ambulances, are required to use stricter flying procedures in bad weather. This will provide a greater margin of safety by reducing the probability of collisions with terrain, obstacles or other aircraft.

Within 60 days, all operators will be required to use enhanced procedures for flying in challenging weather, at night, and when landing in remote locations. Within three years, helicopter air ambulances must use the latest on-board technology and equipment to avoid terrain and obstacles, and within four years, they must be equipped with flight data monitoring systems.

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“This rule is a significant advancement in helicopter safety,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.  “This rule will help reduce risk and help pilots make good safety decisions through the use of better training, procedures, and equipment.”

Under the new rule, all Part 135 helicopter operators are required to:

  • Equip their helicopters with radio altimeters.
  • Have occupants wear life preservers and equip helicopters with a 406 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) when a helicopter isConsidering Becoming an Ag Pilot? Thoughts on Aerial Application operated beyond power-off glide distance from the shore.
  • Use higher weather minimums when identifying an alternate airport in a flight plan.
  • Require that pilots are tested to handle flat-light, whiteout, and brownout conditions and demonstrate competency in recovery from an inadvertent encounter with instrument meteorological conditions.

In addition, under the new rule, all air ambulance operators are required to:

  • Equip with Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (HTAWS).
  • Equip with a flight data monitoring system within four years.
  • Establish operations control centers if they are certificate holders with 10 or more helicopter air ambulances.
  • Institute pre-flight risk-analysis programs.
  • Ensure their pilots in command hold an instrument rating.
  • Ensure pilots identify and document the highest obstacle along the planned route before departure.
  • Comply with Visual Flight Rules (VFR) weather minimums, Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at airports/heliports without weather reporting, procedures for VFR approaches, and VFR flight planning.
  • Conduct the flight using Part 135 weather requirements and flight crew time limitation and rest requirements when medical personnel are on board.
  • Conduct safety briefings or training for medical personnel.

Since August 2004, the FAA has promoted initiatives to reduce risk for helicopter air ambulance operations (See FAA Fact Sheet). While

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accidents did decline in the years following that effort, 2008 proved to be the deadliest year on record with five accidents that claimed 21 lives. The FAA examined helicopter air ambulance accidents from 1991 through 2010 and determined 62 accidents that claimed 125 lives could have been mitigated by today’s rule. While developing the rule, the FAA considered 20 commercial helicopter accidents from 1991 through 2010 (excluding air ambulances) that resulted in 39 fatalities. From 2011 through 2013, there were seven air ambulance accidents resulting in 19 fatalities and seven commercial helicopter accidents that claimed 20 lives.

The estimated cost of the final rule in present value for the air ambulance industry is $224 million with a total benefit of $347 million over 10 years. The cost for other commercial operators is $19 million with a total benefit of $83 million over 10 years.  There is no cost for any operators to use new Class G airspace weather minimums for visual flying but the benefit is $147 million over 10 years.

The rule responds to the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 and National Transportation Safety Board recommendations.

Read the FAA Final Rule on Helicopter Air Ambulance, Commercial Helicopter, and Part 91 Helicopter

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HELI-EXPO 2014 – A Heli of a Show

March 3rd, 2014

HELI-EXPO 2014 conveyed a clear message:
Helicopter Aviation is Strong

by Justin Landis & G.Roginson

The World’s largest helicopter exposition, HELI-EXPO 2014, is on the books and it was a big show for many of the majorHAI HELI-EXPO 2014 companies in attendance. The Helicopter Association International holds the annual show and HAI HELI-EXPO 2014, this year in Anaheim California. From big awards to new aircraft, the show made headlines for those interested in helicopter flight training.

A positive Matt Zuccaro, president of HAI, gave a welcoming speech on the eve of HELI-EXPO 2014 that was optimistic concerning the helicopter industry. “Air tours are doing well, corporate operations have re-established themselves and offshore oil and gas work is very busy right now, so it’s a pretty positive picture.” While addressing the industries potential pilot and mechanic shortages, Matt stated, “The younger generation has so many options, we’re starting a sales and marketing campaign to show them being a pilot or mechanic is a good career path.”

We’ve certainly addressed the ongoing news concerning pilot shortages here at and it seems the industry is continuing to recognize the need for young people to take up the cause and move into a career in aviation. We look forward to reporting on this marking campaign in the future.

Bell’s New 505 Jet Ranger X

Bell Helicopter took the prime opportunity of day one to unveil three versions of the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. The 505 is Bell’s response to the increasing global demand for a short light single (SLS) helicopter and the success of the Robinson R66 light turbine’s success. Robinson delivered 191 R66s last year and is on track to deliver over 200 this year. “We recognize that the customer base for light singles is spread across the globe, and our focus has been around costs and useful load. With that in mind we have come up with a design that will allow us to be competitive in the important value parameters our customers are looking for,” Bell SLS program management chief Paul Watts reports.

The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has been designed to hold one pilot and 4 occupants but with two cyclics to be installed, the 505 could become a competitive option to the R66 in initial turbine training. Bell’s president and CEO John Garrison states that the 505 “targets a very price sensitive market and the price point for the new helicopter is around $1 million,” that’s slightly above the price point of the Robinson R66 at approximately $830,000. The first flight is slated for later 2014.

Watch the unveiling of the Bell 505 here

Helicopter Flight Simulation Emerges at HELI-EXPO 2014

X-Copter helicopter flight simulator

X-Copter flight simulator

Helicopter flight simulation was another big topic at HELI-EXPO, as reported in the AIN Online article  and Vertical Magazine Article.  Most noteworthy was the launch of the newest helicopter flight simulator on the market, the “X-Copter”.

The X-Copter helicopter flight simulator is an eighth generation flight simulator that has been in development since 2006 and the core component of the nationally recognized “Flight Cost Reduction Training” program at Guidance Aviation. Engineered for the primary flight training market, the X-Copter simulates the Robinson R22 and R44 models.

X-Copter’s full-scale cockpit includes two high resolution touch screen monitors displaying instrumentation, realistic controls with tactile vibration cues, and an outside view delivered by three 60″ high definition screens providing incredibly crisp visuals.

The touch screen technology in the cockpit delivers advanced avionics simulations for Glass Cockpit applications with accurate representations of Garmin G500H, Garmin GNS 530/430 WAAS, and Aspen EFD1000H using SimAVIO2 from FTS. X-Copter is fully integrated to enable seamless integration with ForeFlight Mobile providing geo-referencing data via Wifi.  The X-Copter website is currently in development and will soon be viewable at .

HELI-EXPO 2014 ran Tuesday, Feb 25th – Thurs, Feb 27th, 2014 and will no doubt continue to bring news headlines to the helicopter industry. As we continue to keep abreast of  the industry and aviation, we’ll be sure to stay on top of any news that will support your decisions toward a career in aviation.

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Future SUV With UAV Included – The Kwid Car by Renault

February 22nd, 2014
-By Justin Landis


Every time I’m stuck in traffic I begin to wish I had a UAV at my disposal to look ahead and help me determine the delay. Well forkwid renault all of you out there who’ve had the same thought, we’re in luck as European automaker Renault has just released a concept vehicle being dubbed “The Kwid.” This concept includes a small quadcopter, known as the “Flying Companion,” that can be deployed from a roof compartment and controlled by a tablet handily mounted on the dashboard.



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The vehicle was released at the New Delhi Auto Show earlier this month and is targeting the “younger” generation that has the desire to always be connected and apparently omniscient. Considering this concept is a small SUV that similarly comes with a center mounted steering wheel and room for two, it may not actually make it to market but the futuristic look and design may be an inspiration for automakers in the future. The small quadcopter can be flown manually by the tablet or by pre-set GPS waypoints and match the speed to the vehicle. The practical concepts include warning of traffic and delays, dangers on the road ahead and finding the ever elusive parking spot in a crowded mall parking lot.

But let’s be serious here, we all know that what this will really be used for is recreating your favorite Need for Speed driving escapades with a perfectly placed chase cam to capture all the perfect replay moments. I expect this to turn up soon enough on Top Gear or at the nearest race track to help replay laps and analyze proper racing lines and apex entries, although preferably in a different model of car. Who knows, now that I’ve seen this concept maybe I’ll just purchase a DJI Phantom and send it out of my sunroof and see what happens. SEE: This may be a concept and maybe even a gimmick but it may also be a foreshadowing of the growing acceptance and popularity of UAV’s.

A research report has just been released that details the current industry size and expectations for growth from 2013-2023. “The report titled ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market (2013-2018)’ states that the global UAV market size can be expected to grow to $8.3 billion by 2018 and $114.7 billion by 2023. The report also states that North America constitutes the majority share of the global UAV market and demand for UAVs in the US will continue to drive growth into the North American market. Source: [] That is, when the FAA finally figures out how to integrate UAVs to the Next Gen airspace system and if the target date is actually reached.

Other regions are also reported to see growth including Europe being predicted to spend $24.3 billion on UAVs across the forecast period and an 8.66% growth is expected in the Asia-Pacific region. While I doubt UAVs will replace the need for manned pilots, I do believe they will fly in our airspace someday as it’s just a matter of integrating these systems into the airspace both legally and safely. These systems will come in all shapes and size and will not all be the large military style UAVs seen on the news, however, they can be applied to many applications that can remove a manned pilot from a dangerous situation and ideally save time, money and lives. With industry growth being reported in all sectors of aviation, including aircraft manufacturing, pilot demand, and the UAV industry, it’s never been a better time to find the right program for you and begin your aviation career today.

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Best Time in History for Careers In Aviation =

February 19th, 2014

[Pilot Shortage + Airlines Purchasing Record Number of Aircraft + FAA Hiring 10,000 + Mechanics Needed]

This is the best time in history for careers in aviation.  The math is simple.  With pilot shortages hitting the U.S., Airlines purchasing record numbers of aircraft, and the FAA hiringbecome a pilot air traffic controller airplane mechanic careers in aviation 10,000 air traffic controllers over the next ten years, there’s no doubt that something is in the air. That something could be your future.  Go to,
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Pilot Shortage in U.S.
Don’t just take our word for it. Check out the news.  As recently reported in Wall Street Journal Online, there is a Pilot Shortage in the U.S. and it is hitting faster and harder than expected.  “The anticipated shortfall of U.S. airline pilots is coming to fruition earlier and more dramatically than expected because of a mix of mass retirements, the FAA’s new rest rules and sharply higher training requirements for beginner pilots.” [Source:]

Airlines Purchasing Record Number of Aircraft
Meanwhile, Airlines are purchasing record numbers of aircraft.  As reported in the Dallas News Business Section, “Airlines are onbecome a pilot air traffic controller airplane mechanic the largest jet-buying spree in the history of aviation, ordering more than 8,200 new planes with manufacturers Airbus SAS and The Boeing Co. in the past five years. There are now a combined 24 planes rolling off assembly lines each week, up from 11 a decade ago.  And that rate is expected to keep climbing. [Source: ]

FAA Hiring 10,000 Air Traffic Controller Over The Next 10 Years
The Federal Aviation Administration ( has announced that it will be hiring 10,000air traffic controller Air Traffic Controllers over the next 10 years, with 6,000 of those to be hired in the next 5 years!  Do you know how much an Air Traffic Controller makes?  According to a recent article in AVWeb, “According to the latest information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics published last month, the median air traffic controller salary was $122,530 in May 2012, with 10 percent earning more than $171,340 and 10 percent less than $64,930″.
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The Need for More Pilots, More Aircraft, and More Controllers, Also Means More Aircraft Mechanics
More pilots flying more planes means more things need to maintained and repaired.  It’s that simple.  So, it is also a fantastic timeaircraft mechanic to become an aircraft maintenance technician or Airframe and Powerplant Tech (A&P) – especially if you like to work with your hands!According to, the average Aircraft Mechanic (Jets) earns $75,970 per year! [Source: }

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