Archive for September, 2012

Will My Family Fly With Me? – Three Ways You Can Help

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Let’s face it… a lot of people are scared of “little airplanes”. And who could blame them? The only time they hear about a little airplane is after it has crashed somewhere. Sadly, people have been trained by the media to think that small airplanes fall out of the sky on a regular basis. If we applied the same logic to automobile accidents, the news would cover nothing but car crashes all day long. Yet most people you ask on the street will say they fear riding in a small airplane more than driving to the store for a gallon of milk.

As someone who is considering learning to fly, is in pilot training now, or has already earned a license, you’ve probably encountered this fear of flying from family and friends. Don’t worry, it’s not you… it happens to most pilots no matter what they fly or how long they’ve been flying.

Our new article, Will My Family Fly With Me? – Three Ways You Can Help explores some of the ways you can help alleviate your passengers’ concerns and hopefully get them in the air for a safe, fun, and memorable flight experience. Here’s an excerpt:

Almost every person that has considered learning to fly has worried whether their significant other or family will want to fly with them. The ideas start flowing almost immediately: “We could take the weekend and go to the beach or see our cousins out west. Ooh, the Grand Canyon would be neat.” To be brutally honest, it isn’t always that simple. The freedom is there, but sometimes other people, even those we are close to, don’t feel the same way about flying that pilots do. So, how do you keep your significant others willing to go? Avoid pressuring them, start small, and fly safe are the easiest ways to get your family and friends to want to go along… read more >>

Pilot Training – What’s The Best Aircraft?

Monday, September 24th, 2012
Citation Jet-touching-downBy 

When you decide to go into pilot training, you’ve got a lot of decisions to make: which school, which instructor, what type of airport, what type of program, and on and on. Let’s throw one more decision in there… what type of aircraft? Believe it or not, you may have a choice in the type of aircraft you fly, and it’s important to weigh several factors when making that choice.

We just added a new article, Learning To Fly: Choosing An Aircraft For Training and we think you could learn a lot from what we have to say. Here’s a quick sample from the article:

Thanks to the sheer amount of aircraft available a little bit of consideration is important when deciding on an aircraft for training. You’re going to spend a lot of time in it, so it should be something you will enjoy flying and that will enhance your training. Better still, you’re going to do better and learn more if you enjoy your flight training aircraft.

When it comes to flight training, you will spend a great deal of time in a particular aircraft. A large portion of the costs associated with training will go to providing that aircraft. Considering this, choosing a training aircraft should be an important factor when deciding on a flight school. Here’s three tips to help you choose… read more >>

Three Flight School Red Flags – Know When To Run Away

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
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We’ve all heard horror stories about flight schools, and some of them are actually true. Unfortunately, there are always people out there willing to make promises they can’t keep or worse, rip you off. In our new article, How To Avoid Flight School Pitfalls – Three “Red Flags” To Avoid When Searching For A School, we point out three issues which should warn you to run away, fast, from a flight school. Here’s a quick preview:

Flight training is one of the most fun and exciting things you can undertake. As in any industry, there have been a few bad apples, but there are literally thousands of great flight schools all over the country that will turn you into a pilot in no time. By watching out for these “red flags,” you should be able to find a great flight school easily.

The most critical element of successful flight training happens well before you set foot in an airplane. In fact, it happens even before you start ground school. What could be so critical, but seem so inconsequential? Choosing a flight school. Where you choose to train will effect every aspect of your flight training, from the aircraft you fly to whether you get your certificate. There are many things to consider, but avoiding a few “red flags” can save you a lot of grief… read more >>

How To Choose Your Flight School – Five Tips

Monday, September 17th, 2012
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Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re in the process of learning to fly or you’re already enrolled at a flight or aviation school of some kind. If you want to get your pilot’s license, part of the process is deciding on a flight school. Our latest article, How To Pick A Flight School – Five Things You Need To Know, dives into the process of choosing the right school for you and covers everything you need to know from goals to costs. Here’s a quick look:

On the surface, choosing a flight school can seem difficult, but with a little consideration of your goals, you can really start to narrow down the field. Still, even though choosing the right flight school is important, don’t be so afraid to make a mistake you can’t choose; you don’t have to finish at the same school you start.

One of the first things you do to learn to fly can also be one of the most difficult–pick a flight school. In some areas you may have to drive an hour to find an airport and in others, you can’t throw a stone without hitting a flight school. In either case, you’re asking yourself which school to attend. Maybe you don’t even know where the nearest schools are. Whatever your position, here are five things to know when choosing a flight school… read more>>

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Pilot Training Milestone – Phoenix East Aviation Turns 40

Friday, September 14th, 2012
Phoenix East Aviation pilot training candidatesBy Pat Cobleigh

Daytona Beach, Florida, USA – Phoenix East Aviation, Inc. of Daytona Beach, Florida is celebrating 40 years of training professional pilots for careers in aviation worldwide.

Phoenix East Aviation was founded in Massachusetts in 1972, later moving to its present location in Daytona Beach, Florida, to take advantage of what is arguably the best flying weather in the U.S., typically allowing 360 days of flying annually.
The academy was founded by Nino Ciancetta, a senior pilot with U.S. Air (currently U.S. Airways). Captain Ciancetta, now deceased, was one of the highest flight hour pilots for U.S. Air at the time he retired. He was also well-known in the industry as a vice president of the Airline Pilots Association.

Well-known as a truly international academy, Phoenix East has taught men and women to fly from over 100 countries. The academy considers the diversity that comes from its international student body to be especially advantageous to young pilots who wish a career flying for international airlines. Both students and instructors are from many different countries worldwide.
In addition to its stature as a world-class pilot training academy, Phoenix East is also one of the few flight training organizations in the U.S. to be nationally certified, which assures potential students of exceptionally high quality training. Phoenix East is also one of only a few independent flight training academies to offer international students both the M-1 and F-1 visas.

Ghassan Reslan, CEO of Phoenix East, comments on the 40th anniversary: we are celebrating this significant anniversary with all our students from all over the world. We are one of the few U.S. actually, worldwide academies that is truly international with students from all over the globe. Mr. Reslan, a former international airline pilot himself, also noted that Phoenix East Aviation has continued to be managed by airline pilots, as well as by experienced general aviation and former military pilots. This has been the core of maintaining the high quality of training that the academy is known for by airlines and professional pilots worldwide.

Phoenix East Aviation, Inc. provides comprehensive pilot training, specializing in professional flight instruction. FAR Part 141 private, commercial, ATP and jet type-rating programs and FAR Part 61 courses are offered, as well as airline dispatcher training. Celebrating its 40th anniversary of flight training this year, the school is one of only eight U.S. nationally accredited independent academies; it is approved to offer U.S. veterans benefits under the G.I. Bill and also offers both F-1 and M-1 visas to international students. Headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, where the climate permits flight operations 360+ days/year, the school celebrates its 40th anniversary this year: it has been in continuous operation training professional pilots since 1972.

Earning Your Pilot’s License… Can You Do It?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
LSA flying overhead

Can you pilot an aircraft... yes, you can!


From time to time we encounter people who are excited to earn their private pilot license, but don’t understand  the  process of actually getting the license. This “unknown” factor can create a sense of apprehension and ultimately prevent someone from getting their license. Our latest article, Learning To Fly For Fun – Can I Do This? aims to clear up some confusion about learning to fly. Here’s a quick excerpt:

Anyone willing to commit the time and effort to studying, flying, and practicing the required skills can learn to fly. It is important to remember that everyone is different and for every pilot that sails through flight training, there are many other pilots who spent hundreds of hours learning to fly. In the end, whether you sail through or it takes 200 hours, you’re a pilot and that’s all that matters…

We invite you to read the whole article here and wish you all the best of luck with your aviation goals!

Pilot Training School Opens In Fort Lauderdale, FL – Legacy Aviation

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
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By Mark Large

What happens when two long-time friends …both independent flight instructors with years of flying experience, decide they want to open a flight school together? They have diverse aviation backgrounds but a shared common love of aviation. Hank Schaller, in addition to being a flight instructor has an aviation background as an aircraft broker, consultant, charter pilot and international ferry pilot delivering aircraft to South American clients. Mark Large has an aviation background in jet leasing and financing and a diverse flying background primarily with humanitarian flights to the hurricane exposed southeastern U.S. as well as the Bahamas and Haitian relief. As flight instructors they bring a wide range of real-life flight experiences to share with their students. Our flight instructors all share the desire to create realistic scenarios that help the student more quickly apply what they are learning.

Mark Large

Mark Large, co-owner of Legacy Aviation LLC

All pilots are required to master certain academic material; additionally students must also master flying skills specific to the ratings and certificates sought. Schaller and Large focus on how to apply the material learned to real world flying experiences. The FAA has shifted the training focus from not only mastery of how to fly, but also how to make good flight decisions. What do you do when schedules, weather, aircraft equipment among other things don’t work out as planned? Shaller and Large hope to produce pilots who are not only proficient but able and capable of making good flight choices.

Legacy Aviation was formed out of this common bond. We are a part 61 school which gives us flexibility to meet the FAA training regulations within the context of the needs of our students.

Hank Schaller

Hank Schaller

Shaller and Large want to pass along their personal aviation legacies to the next generation of pilots. Our clients are mix busy professionals, aspiring future professional pilots and many who have simply dreamed of learning to fly and are now living their dreams.

Our available aircraft are well maintained, IFR equipped and some of the most affordable at Fort Lauderdale Executive (KFXE). Give us a call and let us help you reach your aviation goals.

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Learn To Fly Without Breaking The Bank

Monday, September 10th, 2012
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Learn 5 ways to control flight training costs


Most pilots would tell you that all the money they spend on flying is worth it! With that said, sometimes the amount of money spent can be considerable. However, earning a pilot’s license is within reach of most average people, especially if you apply our five tips for Managing Flight Training Costs: How To Learn To Fly Without Breaking The Bank. In our latest blog article, we cover everything from scheduling to video games as ways to help you learn faster, retain more, and spend less during your flight training… here’s just a sample:

Saving money on flight training is a topic that can inspire libraries worth of books, but a few simple changes can really add up. Whether by setting a schedule, playing “games,” or simply flying a more economical airplane, little changes and sacrifices can save you thousands of dollars over the course of your training.

You can’t hang around pilots long before someone starts a conversation about how much flying costs. Being brutally honest, flight training isn’t like taking a pottery class at the local art center, but it doesn’t have to break the bank either. It can be as affordable as you are willing to make it or as expensive as you want it to be.

Check out the full article here:

Why You Might Not Get That Aviation Job (Hint: FB)

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

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Reprinted with permission from Guidance Aviation Career Development

You did it. You picked a great flight school. You begged and borrowed from parents, grandparents and banks to make your dream of becoming a professional pilot a reality. You can fly like a Red Bull Helicopter Pilot, your friends call you “Ski”, short for Sikorski,  and you walk with the swagger of John Wayne in the movie Flying Tigers. (Yeah, he was a fixed wing pilot flying P40’s, but he was John Wayne and he could make even fixed wing pilots look good. Don’t mess with “J-Dub”.)  Now, you’re preparing for your first interview for a CFI slot or maybe you’ve already earned your hours instructing and you’ve landed that interview to become an EC130 tour pilot. You’re ready to be the next money making machine with rotors.  Cha-ching…

Regardless of all this, while on your weekend off, celebrating your upcoming interview and possible career start, you posted a pic of yourself on your blog and Facebook doing shots of whiskey while leading other fellow wingmen and friends in a game of beer pong. Worse yet, your word choice on your blog is atrocious and the other pages you like on Facebook would lead a stranger to think you have anger issues or worse, a cat hater!  Or perhaps, just the opposite. You have no Facebook page, no blog, and in fact, you are almost invisible outside of school.  “What have you been doing with yourself?”

How are you going to answer that question in the interview?  Employers will be prepared for your interview and whether you like it or not, employers who are seriously considering you for the position of piloting their aircraft will not only conduct a background check, they’ll check you out online and examine your “Yahooooooooo”…..

social-media-snooping infographicHOW YOUR ONLINE PERSONA CAN HURT YOU
It is standard practice within many organizations to conduct “Social Screenings”.  A potential employer, at the chagrin of Facebook and other organizatons, may even ask for your Facebook log-in credentials in order to view the juicy stuff only your esteemed friends can ogle.  Are you going to deny Facebook access to the person sitting in front of you who will decide whether or not you fly that brand new EC130?  A “NO” is doubtful so you hope the interviewer won’t see last Saturday night’s whiskey slide show on Tumblr.

“According to a CareerBuilder survey, as many as 37% of employers are checking out prospective employees on social media before they make a final decision.”

Pictures of you sharing your passion of flight will probably go over better than your pics of slamming shooters and referring to your friends with slurs and derogatory remarks.  And, although studies suggest that the percentage of employers using social media screening is on the decline, many are still using social screenings and they are costing the candidates jobs.

“A third of hiring managers said that social media snooping led to the employee not getting the job. The reasons given ranged from sharing provocative or inappropriate photos (49%), sharing information about drinking or drug-use (45%), poor communication skills (35%), bad-mouthing a previous employer (33%), discriminatory remarks relating to race, gender or religion (28%), and lastly, lying about qualifications (22%).”

social-media-helps-candidates infographicHOW YOUR ONLINE PERSONA CAN HELP YOU
Those who are smart have used their online persona to paint a positive picture.  They have avoided negativity while carefully sharing collaborative and creative ideas with a sense of professionalism. Better yet, they avoided politics and arguments online.
“58% of the respondents (employers surveyed) said that it gave them a good feel for the candidates personality, 55% said the profiles conveyed a professional image, and 54% said that information they found supported the candidate’s professional qualifications. 51% said that the social media profiles displayed a well-rounded candidate, showing a wide range of interests, 49% cited great communication skills, 44% said it displayed the candidate’s creativity, while 34% said that other people’s online recommendations made a difference.”

What all this says about how an Online Persona can help you is simple.  If you’re absent online and you’re up against another pilot candidate of equal skill, knowledge and experience who has carefully crafted a strong, positive online persona, who do you think has a better chance at landing the job?

65% of the respondents (employers surveyed)  said they look to Facebook, 63% cited LinkedIn, while Twitter was on the radar of only 16% of hiring managers.

Anyone who uses a Linkedin account already uses social media for professional purposes.  Sites like Facebook can easily be used the same way.  Use these social media outlets as living resumes.  After all, you’re a pilot and its all about cockpit resource management, isn’t it?  Use the tools around you to complete the flight safely and efficiently.  In this case, the flight is your life, the resources are resumes, Facebook pages, Linkedin accounts and recommendations while the landing is getting the job flying the sparkly EC130 with air conditioning and an occasional cute customer who likes pilots and tips well.  You can still have fun while keeping in touch and maintaining a professional persona.


  • Rule No.1:  If you are active on Facebook, set your security settings on high so that only friends and family can see your posts.  Be prepared to show future employers everything.
  • Rule No. 2:  Only post positive comments.
  • Rule No. 3:  Remember, “A picture says a thousand words” so think twice about what pics you post.
  • Rule No. 4:  Use these sites as a way to paint a positive, professional image of yourself.
  • Rule No. 5:  SPELL CHECK.  It may not be that important to you, but even on these sites, a poor speller stands out – in the wrong way.
  • Rule No. 6:  Never get into online arguments.
  • Rule No. 7:  Avoid politics, derogatory terms and divisive talk.

In conclusion, if it is not positive, don’t say it, don’t share it.  No doubt, Facebook and other sites are great ways to stay in touch with your friends and sharing information.  Use it to your advantage and just maybe you’ll stumble upon an EC130 after your first interview.  Go get them, “Ski”.  Cha-ching!


Is Accelerated Pilot Training Right For You?

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
757 landing at sunset

Accelerated pilot training can get you here, faster.


We’ve posted another great article on pilot training. If you’re interested in flying for a career, this one is a must-read. Here’s a quick look:

Is your flight training goal to start a flying career? If so, an accelerated flight school may be just what you’re looking for. Imagine, if you will, learning to fly, starting with no experience, in a few short months and starting the aviation career you’re dreaming of rather than years of training once a week or less for the same thing. At the right flight school, this is easily possible, because accelerated training programs allow your training to progress faster, more efficiently, and save you money….

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