Archive for February, 2012

International Flight Training in the U.S. for Mexican Students

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

International flight student, Ricardo Fernandez of Monterrey, Mexico, soloed his first airplane on Monday, February 20,2012 at Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona, USA.

“I not only wanted to know why the plane flew from an engineering perspective, I wanted to feel the plane and how it flew from a pilot’s perspective. I know that being a pilot will help me become a better engineer,” stated Fernandez, who is also an engineering student at Embry-Riddle. “I would like to work in general aviation, possibly establishing and building a company like Diamond Aircraft in Mexico”.

The paperwork to get cleared to fly as a foreign student in the U.S. with Guidance Aviation was relatively painless according to Fernandez. “I had already acquired my student F1 Visa for my studies at the university, therefore all I needed was the necessary fingerprinting and international authorization from TSA. I did this online and although TSA stated it could take up to one month, I was cleared and ready to fly in only 4 to 5 days at Guidance Aviation,” said Fernandez.

“What’s great about Guidance is that many of the management personnel there are Embry-Riddle graduates so I feel like I am getting trained by the best of what aviation has to provide. Moreover, the airplanes and simulators (Red Bird Motion Simulator) at Guidance are all new. I get the best of both worlds at Guidance Aviation.

Ricardo soloed in the Piper Sport LSA at Guidance. With a wrap-around canopy and unmatched visibility, the PiperSport LSA is equipped with auto-pilot, ballistic parachute, Garmin 696, integrated XM satellite weather and leather seats.

What Are You Waiting For? – Over 450,000 New Airline Pilot Jobs

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
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Will you be ready for the upcoming airline pilot hiring boom? – Photo courtesy of Brandon Farris

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to start your airline pilot career, wait no more. According to Boeing, the world’s airlines, both in established and emerging markets, will require over 450,000 new commercial pilots to fly the aircraft currently on order with the major manufacturers. Here’s the company’s breakdown of where those airline jobs will be based:

  • Europe – 92,000+
  • Asia Pacific – 183,000+
  • China – 72,000+
  • North America – 82,000+
  • Latin America – 41,000+
  • Middle East – 36,000+
  • Africa – 14,000+
  • Russia/CIS 9,800+

In the airline business, seniority is everything. The sooner you start, the more seniority you’ll earn.

Here’s a great place to start… Check out our Flight School Listings and contact each school you’re interested in for specifics.

Good luck!