Archive for February, 2013

Multi Engine Time Building: Why Build Time in a Multi-Engine Aircraft?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
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If you’re seeking a career as a professional pilot and you need to build time, we’ve got a collection of good reasons to consider multi-engine time building programs that will help make you more attractive to the airlines.

In our new article Multi Engine Time Building: Three Reasons to Build Time in a Multi-Engine Aircraft, we offer three reasons to pursue a multi-engine time building course, including less competition for aircraft. The following is just a sample of the article, but be sure to click through to read it all:

Furthermore, if you’re beating a path toward an airline career, a multi-engine time building course could be the difference between getting the job and not. Since the overwhelming majority of airliners are multi-engine, airlines typically show preference to candidates with lots of multi-engine experience.

So, if your future is flying for the airlines or you just need a few extra hours, consider harnessing the added complexity, increased availability, and hiring preference you’ll enjoy as a result of your multi-engine time building course…read more >>

Click here to locate multi engine time building programs near you.

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New Way To Find Airline Jobs – ATP Launches

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 logo


ATP (Airline Transport Professionals) recently launched its new website which promises to help pilots find airline jobs and airlines find pilots. The new service is available to all pilots at no charge and is available now at

ATP’s new service is unique in the industry because instead of including only pilots who may already have all of the required prerequisites for an airline job, keeps track of a pilot’s progress and notifies potential employers automatically when a pilot makes a significant achievement like earning a type rating, for example. Pilots seeking jobs are encouraged to add their profiles to the site and to continually update their experience information as new licences, ratings, and endorsements are earned. chartATP says one of the advantages to using is that pilots “gain the advantage of establishing a relationship with their target employers as they work toward meeting hiring minimums”.

According to an ATP press release, “With concerns of hiring shortages, solutions for finding good quality pilot candidates are needed. Many airlines are unable to  see candidates until they have met hiring minimums and send in their resume which delays finding eligible pilots and prohibits a forward-looking hiring process. pilots can be viewed and their progress tracked by airline recruiters, simultaneously allowing recruiters to solve for future supply and demand constraints.”

“ includes a proprietary tracking program of flight times of pilots, giving airlines accurate projections of when pilots will meet minimums and be eligible for airline new-hire classes.  Many recruiters find that data in their files of potential candidates is outdated and misrepresents the real status of pilots seeking employment. Pilot pool gets airlines access to the most relevant pilot profiles for recruitment and relationship-building so airlines can meet their hiring needs over a longer term time horizon.  Along with this, ATP provides partner airlines with a dedicated representative to assist with workflow integration.  Partner airlines who use can be assured that the information they are receiving about candidates through is up-to-date.”

“Today ATP’s Airline Career Pilot Program prepares pilots for airline careers with nationwide flying experience in multi-engine aircraft. In partnership with the leading regional and national airlines, ATP offers its students an airline-sponsored career track from zero time to 1500 hours, with CFI job placement and airline employment. ATP flies over 9,000 hours to provide more than 350 FAA pilot certificates every month across 28 locations nationwide.”

Upper Limit Aviation | Crystal Frisby| Mountain Flying

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

I am a student on the Post 9/11 GI Bill at Upper Limit Aviation.  Last time I posted was in late December after finishing my Turbine Transition lab in a Bell 206B3.  Since then I have flown 50 hours and am nearing completion of my Commercial Cross Country lab.  At 50 hours, I am beginning to feel comfortable in a Bell 206B3.  When I first transitioned to the 206, I was a bit overwhelmed by the start up.  Over-temps can happen very quickly.  However, I now have a good flow during startup and have become much quicker.  Certainly not as quick as I’ll need to be when I fly EMS, but I’m getting there!

The most exciting part of my Cross Country lab has been the off airport landings.  The canyons and snowy mountains offer endless pinnacle and confined landing zones.  As easy as professional pilots make it appear, orbiting around your landing zone while being surrounded by rising and falling terrain is very challenging.  As terrain rises or falls beneath me, I often find that I am following it.  It is almost painful to fly toward rapidly rising terrain and not climb.  I find that spending a bit more time on the VSI during my scan helps fight the urge to follow terrain.  But your eyes shouldn’t linger too long in the cockpit.  Your landing zone is outside!

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8300 feet in 3211N



Online Aviation Degrees: Three Things To Consider When Choosing A Degree Program

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
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If you’re considering an airline career, but you’re reluctant to travel for a degree, you might consider looking into online aviation degrees. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got a few things to consider before choosing an online aviation degree program that should help you find a good one.

In our new article Online Aviation Degrees: Three Things To Consider When Choosing A Degree Program, we offer three major things to consider, such as program accreditation, before selecting an online aviation degree program. The following is just a taste of the article, click through to read the whole thing:

Online aviation degrees, and traditional aviation degrees for that matter, are by definition pretty intense undertakings. There is a lot of technical knowledge to impart in no so much time. Unfortunately, not everybody learns the same way. For example, some people may learn best by doing, while others are in their prime learning mode listening to a lecture or reading a report. It is important to understand what format the courses take before committing to a particular online aviation degree program, to avoid committing yourself to years of confusion and struggle when a particular course format doesn’t work well for you.

In a similar vein, make sure you can actually complete the course work. Some courses may require sending in assignments completed with particular software or shipping something to your instructor. If you are 200 miles from the nearest post office and you have to mail in a test every week, this could be an issue. Know what you will need for the courses…read more >>

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ATP Flight Training Adds 10 New Cessna Skyhawk Aircraft

Monday, February 18th, 2013

ATP logoATP increased the size of its training fleet, taking delivery of 10 new Cessna 172 aircraft in December, 2012.  All aircraft are Garmin G1000 equipped, allowing ATP to continue providing high quality, effective, and efficient training to customers pursuing training for aviation careers.  The deal between ATP and Cessna is valued at $3 Million.

“Purchases like these enable ATP to increase our training capacity, and our ability to serve the increasing demand for pilots in the airline environment,” said Vice President, Jim Koziarski.  “ATP provided training to over 4200 pilots last year, who accounted for over 4400 pilot certificates and ratings granted in the United States.”

The aircraft that ATP purchased in this deal will be used in some of the 28 locations around the country ATP operates.  A few of the aircraft will be used in providing aircraft to FAA contractors while the other aircraft will allow ATP to open new facilities to be announced in the near future.

For more information about ATP, visit our ATP flight training page.

In 1984, ATP pioneered accelerated, professional multi-engine flight training with an emphasis on pilot career development. Today ATP’s Airline Career Pilot Program prepares pilots for airline careers with nationwide flying experience in multi-engine aircraft. In partnership with the leading regional and national airlines, ATP offers its students an airline-sponsored career track from zero time to 1500 hours, with CFI job placement and airline employment. ATP flies over 9,000 hours to provide more than 350 FAA pilot certificates every month across 28 locations nationwide. As america’s largest flight school, ATP provides more pilots to the regional airlines than any other single flight school, college, or academy.

Flight Training Scholarships: Three Places to Look

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
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When it comes to higher education and career training, one of the universal issues is funding–no matter your goal, there are costs associated. Flight training is no different. Fortunately, there is a pretty good chance you can help ensure completion of your flight training with the help of one of the best forms of financial aid–flight training scholarships.

In our new article Flight Training Scholarships: Three Things to Know, we talk about several places you can search to find flight training scholarships, such as aviation organizations like WAI. The following is just a sample, click through to read the whole article:

If you’re seeking a four-year or two-year degree, you may find that some conventional scholarships will cover your flight training. This is dependent on your school and how they handle their flight training, but you might find some success. At the very least, you may find that with the school fees paid you’ve got more money to devote to flight training. Usually these funds will come via your school’s financial aid department and are contingent on filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is done annually and most funds are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. It’s a relatively painless process and all you’ve got to lose is a little time.

The important takeaway when it comes to scholarships is they only come to those who are willing to invest the time. You will have to put in the time and effort to make sure you are qualified; often this is no more than a simple application, but some times an essay or other work is required. You may find it is helpful, once you’ve located scholarships and applied, to keep a copy of all the materials in order to speed up the next application. The bottom line with flight training scholarships is to apply to as many as you are qualified for and let the money add up, after all every little bit helps…read more >>

Click here to locate flight schools near you.

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Guidance Aviation Unveils Helicopter Training App, Learning Portal

Monday, February 11th, 2013

As mobile devices move to command media, Guidance launches new delivery platforms

Click to learn more about helicopter training at Guidance AviationPrescott, Arizona – Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona, will be celebrating its 15th Year Anniversary and unveiling its newest training technologies; a “Maneuvers Guide” helicopter training application (“App”) and an online training portal called “MyGA”, during HELI-EXPO 2013.

helicopter-pilot-training-mobile-app-guidance-aviationThe mobile application includes a series of High Definition (HD) instructional flight videos and a digital Maneuvers guide.  This new training tool provides student access to procedures and completion standards anywhere, anytime.  In addition to the “App”, Guidance will also unveil, the “MyGA” Training Portal at the HELI-EXPO 2013. MyGA contains hundreds of instructional videos and flight training documents.  “MyGA” may be accessed via password on the Guidance Aviation website.  Students may view content from any laptop or personal computer.

mobile-app-flight-manuevers-guidance-aviation“Worldwide internet users will more than double by 2015, and most of them will be mobile,” says John Stonecipher.   “Research studies are also telling us that more adults are viewing media on mobile devices than trade papers and magazines together.  Add in that a vast majority of mobile time is spent on APPS, this was the right move for our students and clients.  We are excited to be celebrating our 15th year in business at the 2013 HELI-EXPO and we look forward to sharing our new Mobile APP and Learning Portal.” – John Stonecipher, President, CEO, Guidance Aviation.

helicopter-flight-training-3-mobile-app-guidance-aviationTo celebrate its 15th Anniversary, Guidance will be hosting an event for guests in the Guidance Aviation HELI-EXPO booth, C2703, on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, starting at 430pm local time.

Established in 1998, Guidance Aviation is now a leader in aviation and aerospace training program development and delivery.

From career training of civilians and U.S. Military Veterans, to the development of customized training and management programs for our collegiate and corporate partners, Guidance’s depth of knowledge and commitment to continuous improvement is the foundation of our belief in “Training to a Higher Standard

Aviation’s Economic Impact on Arizona Showcased by Guidance Aviation

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Guidance Aviation Robinson R44 helicopter

Guidance Aviation works with Yavapai College and Lockheed Martin to Develop New Aviation Training Programs

As the Arizona economy continues to improve statewide, it was abundantly clear at the 8th Annual Arizona Aviation Day at the State Capitol that aviation and aerospace play major roles in the economic health of the State.

Aviation’s economic impact on Arizona is astounding.  A recent Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) report finds that aviation’s economic impact statewide is $58 Billion per year.  At the local-regional level, one can see a similar phenomenon with collegiate aviation programs like that of the Guidance Aviation-Yavapai College program in Prescott, Arizona. In 2012, Guidance Aviation’s impact on the Prescott and surrounding communities in Northern Arizona was $15.2 million*, as established by William V. Cheek and Associates.

Commenting on the day, Arizona State Representative Andy Tobin remarked, “What you have today is the opportunity for the aviation industry to share with the legislature….the economic impact that is generated by this industry.  In my district, we have Guidance Helicopters, which is the number one helicopter training center.”

Guidance Aviation’s President and CEO, John Stonecipher, arrived at Arizona’s State Capitol to discuss current successes, challenges, and most importantly the new programs being offered by Guidance and its collegiate partner, Yavapai College.  In addition to the current, highly successful professional helicopter pilot degree program being offered, a new degree program will be offered in August, 2013: The Associate of Applied Science, Aviation Technology degree.  This new degree includes Helicopters, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Operations Management (OM) areas of concentration.  The Operations Management area includes Air Traffic Control, Certified Flight Dispatcher, and Flight Service Specialist (FSS) – The FSS program was written by Guidance Aviation’s Director of Academics, Professor John “JJ” Johnson, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), working directly with Lockheed Martin’s Flight Service Center to specifically meet the hiring requirements of Lockheed Martin.

In addition to the new Yavapai College Aviation Technology Degree program, Guidance has already expanded its current Part 141, high altitude helicopter flight training programs to include Turbine Transition Training, Long Line (Vertical Reference), Night Vision Goggles (NVG), and Part 135 Tour Operations.

The Yavapai College Professional Helicopter Pilot Program was established in spring of 2010 and to date is generating over $9 million in revenues annually, making this the highest revenue generating degree program at Yavapai College, surpassing current contributions from the State of Arizona.

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Paying for Flight Training: Financing your Flight Training Dream

Monday, February 4th, 2013
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For most, one of the more complicated aspects of learning to fly is paying for flight training. While securing stable funding is certainly not beyond the common person, it can be easy to get carried away and run your wallet dry. Fortunately, even those with the tightest budgets can leverage some of the great financing options available to ensure their flight training continues uninterrupted.

In our new article Paying for Flight Training: Three Ways To Finance your Dream, we discuss three ways to make your dream of learning to fly a reality through financing, including taking advantage of the financing department at some large flight schools. The following is a sample of the article, click through to read the whole thing:

A final option for many, but no less useful is credit cards. Depending on your APR, this may be the best option available for many short terms. For some it may be the only option. Certainly don’t take this to mean you should charge an entire $50,000 dollars commercial pilot program in one go, but for smaller expenses, such as a single certificate or rating course, a credit card can mean the difference between being able to continue your training without interruption and being forced to stop.

The most important thing to remember, regardless of the financing options available, is to consider all the options available to you before committing yourself to one option. Financing is an important tool in paying for flight training, but it isn’t without risk. Once you know all the available options, it becomes much easier to find the one with the most benefits, whether credit cards or a training loan, to finance your flight training…read more >>

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