Archive for June, 2012

Learning To Fly For Business? Three Helpful Tips.

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

King AirCheck out our latest article “Learn To Fly For Business – Three Things To Consider When Using Your PPL For Work“. In general, flying for business adds a level of convenience unmatched by other forms of transportation, but it comes with three important caveats.

Check out the full article here.

Phoenix East Aviation Integrates iPad Into Flight Training Program

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Phoenix East Aviation logoDaytona Beach, Florida, USA –- Phoenix East Aviation, Inc. of Daytona Beach, Florida has now initiated usage of the Apple iPad with aviation software as part of its pilot training programs. The academy is believed to be the first independent flight academy in the U.S. to integrate portions of ground school and flight training with iPad usage, as well as utilizing it as an electronic flight bag (E.F.B.), as many airlines also do. In cooperation with Jeppesen , a unit of Boeing Flight Services, Phoenix East is using it for aeronautical navigation charts, flight log information and other flight plan information, as well as selected textbook training to augment ground school. At Phoenix East Aviation, the Apple iPad with Jeppesen software has been integrated into both the FAR Part 141 and FAR Part 61 training programs.

Ghassan Reslan, CEO of Phoenix East, comments on iPad integration: “the charts are easy to read, with high definition, and the documents are sharp. And since many airlines, including United, Alaska and Delta Airlines have started using iPads in the cockpit, Phoenix East Aviation students will now find this aspect of the transition from training to commercial aviation employment straightforward and uncomplicated. This is great advantage for pilots in training,” Reslan continues, “replacing much of the paper chart and computer flight planning. Phoenix East is proud to be one of the very first academies to offer this advantage.”

Click here to learn more about Phoenix East Aviation’s flight training programs.

Five Creative Ways To Help Pay For Pilot Training

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
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Check out our latest article “Five Creative Ways To Help Pay For Pilot Training”. Some of our ideas might surprise you.

Creative ways to help pay for pilot training.

How Much Does Flight Training Cost?

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012



Check out our latest article “How much should flight training cost – Are you paying too much?”.

How Much Does Flight Training Cost?

Foreign carriers offering lucrative contracts for U.S. pilots

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Due to booming economies and rapid expansion of commercial aviation, foreign airlines are offering lucrative contracts to combat a shortage of qualified pilots.

For pilots, or aspiring pilots, who won’t mind working overseas international airlines are in a bit of a bidding war.

With the consolidation of several U.S. carriers, the job market for airline pilots isn’t as attractive as it once was. Pilots face a long climb to the top and compensation along the way can pale in comparison to what foreign carriers are offering.

Due to booming economies in places like China, commercial aviation is rapidly expanding and facing a very real shortage of qualified pilots. This has resulted in foreign carriers offering signing bonuses, housing, and other attractive bonuses to experienced pilots.

A report from the Civil Aviation Administration of China indicates a need for more than 15,000 additional pilots by 2015. Since Chinese airlines are having a hard time filling the need domestically, they’re looking overseas to fill the need.

According to an industry analyst, these deals may not be as attractive to pilots at major U.S. carriers who are well compensated, but rather the large contingent of highly experienced regional airline pilots who feel limited by their prospects for advancement.

A first officer with plenty of experience may be waiting quite a while for a captain position at a U.S. airline, but in China the same first officer’s upgrade can come right away accompanied with twice the pay.

Pilots seeking overseas work can negotiate directly with the foreign airlines or through a recruitment service which matches pilots and airlines and handles the negotiations. Some of these companies currently have listings for hundreds of positions.

Deals like these are great for both pilots and foreign airlines as they provide lucrative contracts to pilots who are filling the needs of the airlines. Perhaps more importantly, they are also good for aspiring or furloughed airline pilots in the U.S. who could leverage these contracts to accelerate their domestic job prospects.

Flight training in the U.S. is still more affordable and quicker than in other countries, but pilots’ job prospects are often weakened by lack of experience in larger jets. Since many foreign airlines are offering to pay for type ratings, many U.S. pilots will see an increased demand for their skills back home after only a brief contract overseas.

For more information on flight training and choosing the right school, check out our Flight Training Resource Center or find flight training near you.


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This article was written by Matthew Everett, a private pilot, aviation writer, and frequent contributor to You can follow him on twitter @leaving_tf or find his blog at

Air Traffic Control Training: AIM Offers Program

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

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The Aviation Institute of Maintenance, one of the nation’s largest aircraft mechanic schools with 10 locations has teamed with Hampton University in Virginia to offer air traffic controller (ATC) training in Chesapeake, VA.

As a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) -approved Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI) program, graduates are eligible to forego the usual five weeks of initial training required at FAA’s headquarters in Oklahoma City.

According to the FAA website, “these (AT-CTI) schools offer two- and four-year non-engineering aviation degrees that teach basic courses in air traffic control. We call this program the Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI). The program is designed to provide qualified applicants to fill developmental air traffic control specialist positions.”

Air Traffic Controllers are some of the highest paid workers in the aviation industry, and most positions include excellent benefits. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, air traffic controllers brought home median pay of over $108,000 per year in 2010. See our list of air traffic controller schools here.

However, not everyone is eligible to be an air traffic control specialist. In order to qualify for training, a person must:

  • be younger than 31
  • be a U.S. citizen
  • complete an air traffic management degree from an FAA certified school
  • pass an entrance test
  • complete additional training at the FAA academy.

Some people with previous ATC experience may not have to meet all of these qualifications.

Hampton University offers U.S. military veterans VA-approved training.

Click here to get more information on how to enroll in the Hampton University air traffic controller program

How Seniority Affects An Airline Pilot’s Daily Life

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
Airline pilots preparing for takeoff

How important is airline pilot seniority to your career... you may be shocked.

Airbus A320 captain and frequent contributor Michael Moore shares some of the stark realities of airline pilot seniority. If you’re considering pursuing an airline pilot career, this article is a must-read.

“When” you get hired by an airline is almost as important as which airline, and the bottom line for any aspiring pilot is “the sooner you start pilot training, the better”.

Here’s a quick preview of Captain Moore’s latest contribution with links to the full article…

If you were to ask an airline pilot what one factor affects his or her daily life the most, they would most likely say “seniority”.  This is because where you fall on a pilot seniority list dictates what aircraft you fly, your pay rate, and even when you are able to take vacation.

There are three different types of seniority.
  • Relative Seniority
  • Captain or First Officer Seniority
  • Aircraft Seniority

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