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Demand Unprecedented for Pilots and Technicians

Monday, January 18th, 2016

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Market Outlook from Boeing Airlines:

Demand Unprecedented for Pilots and Technicians

“As global economies expand and airlines take delivery of tens of thousands of new commercial jetliners over the next 20 years, there will be unprecedented demand for people to pilot and maintain these airplanes.

To meet this tremendous growth, the 2015 Boeing Pilot and Technical Outlook forecasts that between now and 2034, the aviation industry will need to supply more than one million new aviation personnel—558,000 commercial airline pilots and 609,000 maintenance technicians. Meeting this exponential demand for personnel will require innovative solutions that rely on the latest digital technology to match the learning requirements of a new generation.

Trainers will thus focus on enabling airplane operators to gain optimal advantage of the advanced features of the latest generation of airplanes, such as the 787 Dreamliner, 737 MAX, and the 777X. And instructors will need to have cross-cultural and cross-generational skills to engage tomorrow’s increasingly diverse aviation workforce.

Economic Expansion Fueling Aviation Demand

Airlines around the world are expanding their fleets and flight schedules to meet the global economic expansion. The aviation industry continues to address these challenges by creating a balanced, sustainable solution to filling the future pilot and technician pipeline.

Regional markets that have relied heavily on recruiting pilots from outside their home locations will increasingly require a strong foundation for developing and training qualified pilots locally. BoeingLogo

Read more: http://www.boeing.com/commercial/market/long-term-market/pilot-and-technician-outlook/

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FAA: A Year of Safety and Continued Modernization

Monday, January 4th, 2016

by Michael Huerta for U.S. Department of Transportation

The dedicated professionals at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made significant progress this year as we continued to modernize and streamline the nation’s air traffic system while also preparing the way for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to safely play a growing role in aviation.

In April, we completed the program to replace the aging computer system that had been the core technology in our network of high-altitude air traffic control centers. The new system, En Route Automation Modernization, or ERAM, is now the backbone for our NextGen Air Transportation System, driving the display screens used by controllers to safely manage and separate aircraft.

ADS-B on Google Earth

ERAM almost doubles the number of flights that can be tracked and displayed to controllers. It was designed to be the operating platform for other NextGen technologies, including:

  • Performance Based Navigation (PBN): Controllers are already using ERAM to make use of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures that enable controllers and flight crews to know exactly when to reduce the thrust on aircraft, allowing them to descend from cruising altitude to the runway with the engines set at idle power, saving on flying time and fuel consumption.
  • Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B):  The FAA is moving steadily toward replacing the old system of ground-based radars to track aircraft with one that relies on satellite-based technologies. ERAM already receives information from aircraft equipped with ADS-B and displays that data on controllers’ screens. This technology has made it possible for controllers to provide radar-like separation to aircraft that previously operated in areas where no radar is available, such as the Gulf of Mexico and large parts of Alaska. ADS-B will replace radar as the primary means of tracking aircraft by 2020.
  • Data Comm:  To reduce congestion on radio frequencies, the FAA and the aviation industry are developing Data Comm, which will allow controllers and pilots to communicate by direct digital link rather than voice, similar to text messaging. We began deploying Data Comm in the first of more than 50 control towers this year, and we expect it will be in our large en route centers beginning in 2019.

An unmanned aviation system or drone in flight

We’ve also been devoted to making sure that pilots of small unmanned aircraft are able to safely enjoy their pursuits.

On the recreational front, our most high-profile accomplishment was launching a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small UAS weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.

The registration requirement, which went into effect on December 21, is a key opportunity to educate a new generation of airspace users about the rules and regulations they must follow. Registration is free for the first 30 days with a rebate, then $5 after that.

We also have rolled out a broad array of educational initiatives with our government, industry, and model aircraft community partners. This includes the Know Before You Fly campaign, which has grown to include more than 20 member organizations. Visit Know Before You Fly[external link] to get the information and guidance you need to fly your UAS safely.

And, we’re working on a rule that will allow for routine commercial operations of small UAS, and we expect to have that rule finalized in the late spring of 2016. In the meantime, we have been authorizing commercial operations on a case-by-case basis, with more than 2,700 authorized to date.

We’ll continue working with our partners to identify new outreach opportunities to instill the same priority on safety that has been the hallmark of aviation since Wilbur and Orville Wright took to the skies 112 years ago.

In the meantime, always observe these rules when you fly your UAS:

  • Fly below 400 feet altitude.
  • Keep your unmanned aircraft in sight at all times.
  • Never fly near manned aircraft, especially near airports.
  • Never fly over groups of people, stadiums or sporting events.
  • Never fly near emergency response efforts.

At FAA, everything we do is about making our national airspace as safe as possible. And as hard as we worked in 2015 to do exactly that, we’ll be right back at it in 2016.

Source: https://www.transportation.gov/fastlane/faa-year-safety-and-continued-modernization

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SpaceX Makes History with Reusable Rocket

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

photo Elon Musk/SpaceXElon Musk’s SpaceX rocket makes history! On December 21, 2015, The Falcon 9 successfully deployed 11 satellites into low-orbit and then landed back at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida making it the first reusable rocket to enter space and return to earth! The trip took a little over 10 minutes.

Check out the video of the perfect landing:

Last month, Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ space company, had a successful flight with a different type of rocket that went to the edge of space and then back to earth. Unlike the Falcon 9 which is for cargo and satellites, the Blue Origin rocket is for one day carrying passengers. See more: http://www.aviationschoolsonline.com/blog/first-reusable-rocket-blue-origin

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SABRE: Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine

Friday, December 4th, 2015

What Is a Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE)?skylon:sabre

Is it a plane? Is it a rocket? Well, actually it’s both! The hybrid of a jet and rocket engine may be the future star of the aerospace industry. It is a ground breaking technology that will combine an ultrasonic jet able to travel more than 3,800 miles per hour or five times the speed of sound, with a rocket engine with enough power to send the same aircraft to space.

What Will It Be Able to Do?

Capable of hypersonic speeds, the SABRE could potentially get a traveler to anywhere on the globe within four hours. BAE Systems, a UK based company invested in Reaction Engines, a company that has been working for 20 years on SABRE.

The engine uses air breathing technology to burn hydrogen fuel like an ordinary jet. When the plane gets up to MACH 5, or five times the speed of sound, it can then go into its rocket operation and travel into space. On its return to earth, SABRE would have the capability to change rocket power back to jet power and land just like a conventional aircraft on a standard runway. This feature would do away with the enormous expense of replacing single-use disposable rocket stages that are in use today.

The Future and Some Challenges

In addition to the 32 million BAE has invested in the Reaction Engine, the government of the UK will come to the table with 90 million for research and development and a testing program for the engine. It is planned that by 2020, there will be an engine prototype demonstrator on the ground and a flying prototype by 2025. The hope is that barring any major roadblocks to the project, we could possibly see a SABRE spacecraft making flights within about 10 years. Hypersonic global travel, although exciting, is more of a challenge than is the space travel. Complex technological and safety concerns put this idea further in the future.

Animation showing the features of the SABRE engine and the Precooler

Animation showing some of the operational capabilities of the SKYLON spaceplane.

Videos: http://www.reactionengines.co.uk/video_gallery.html

Sources:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/30/us-rocket-engine-space-plane-idUSKBN0TJ19U20151130

http://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/future-tech/sabre-hybrid-rocket-jet-engines-could-fly-to-australia-in-four-hours-11364014315645

http://fortune.com/2015/11/06/bae-commercial-space-launch

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The First Reusable Rocket by Blue Origin!

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

On November 23rd, 2015, Jeff Bezos’ private space company, Blue Origin, launched an unmanned rocket to the edge of space and returned the rocket to Earth making it the first reusable rocket in history!

“Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle successfully flew to space, reaching its planned test altitude of 329,839 feet (100.5 kilometers) before executing a historic landing back at the launch site in West Texas.”

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pillaOxGCo

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Ground-breaking Aircraft Crash Avoidance System Enhances Runway Safety

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Introducing Aerial, Landing, & Takeoff Aircraft Crash Avoidance System (ALTACAS)

COLUMBIA, S.C., Oct. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — ALTACAS TECHNOLOGY today announced the latest patented innovation in aircraft crash avoidance technology primarily designed to target and provide an effective, practical solution to enhance runway safety during takeoffs and landings, while preventing collisions during climbs, mid-flights, and descents.

Latest data from www.planecrashinfo.com shows 20% of fatal accidents occurred during takeoffs and initial climb, while 46% occurred during initial approach, final approach, and landing. The majority caused by human errors. The present day use of drones may increase these alarming statistics. For example, on March 22, 2014, US Airways Flight 4650 nearly collided with a drone while landing at the Tallahassee Regional Airport.

Among these statistics, runway incursions are the most prominent, which are incidents where a takeoff or landing aircraft is threatened by an unauthorized aircraft, vehicle, or person on a runway. In theUSA alone, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported 1,264 runway incursions in 2014, a noticeable increase from 966 in 2010. Also, latest statistics from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nation Specialized Agency, shows runway related issues as the highest among “Occurrence Categories” at nearly 60%, and that runway excursion and incursions accounted for 19% of all accidents and serious incidents.

Several years ago, inventor and the company’s chief engineer Bryan Smalls was informed by associates that the US government was looking for ways to reduce runway incidents. This information led him to conceptualize and patent ALTACAS, which employs LIDAR radar and remote sensing technology along with GPS tracking technology. Its automated systems allows individual aircrafts to particularly monitor runways and airways of initial climbs before takeoffs while allowing inbound aircrafts to monitor airways and runways before landing, thereby minimizing runway incursions.  The existing crash avoidance system mainly targets mid-flight aircrafts. ALTACAS also effectively monitors mid-flight aircrafts.

ALTACAS pinpoint accuracy detects, warns, and tracks aircrafts of possible collision while providing evasive course of action. Its automated systems provides imagery, distance, speed, and direction of oncoming aircrafts and non-aircrafts vehicles, while simultaneously opening a three-way communication between pilots and air traffic controllers to defuse crisis. Sensor activated lightings alongside runways allows takeoff aircrafts to identify runway usage to incoming aircrafts and warn others on intersecting runways. Aircrafts in the vicinity receive audible warning that runway is in use.

ALTACAS reduces aircraft incidents caused by human errors and provides pilots and air traffic control additional reaction time to prevent collisions. Mr. Smalls says, “Every second is indispensible when aircrafts are on a collision course. Any safety system providing additional time may help avert a catastrophe and save the loss of lives and property.”

Mr. Smalls believes ALTACAS technology can be retrofitted into existing aircrafts’ safety systems, and may prove useful to trains and ships in the near future. He knows this venture will take a concerted effort by the government and private companies to implement. Consequently, he thinks it would be best to make this concept and patent available to others for licensing or sales. Additional information and a demo video can be seen at www.altacas.technology or www.altacas.com. For further information, please call (803) 724-1233 or 1-866-875-1101, or contact us by email at info@altacas.technology, or by mail at ALTACAS TECHNOLOGY, P.O. Box 24615, Columbia, SC 29224.

Video - https://youtu.be/vcH8mPTxQA8

 SOURCE ALTACAS TECHNOLOGY

Related Links

http://www.altacas.comhttp://https://youtu.be/vcH8mPTxQA8

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NASA, Global Aviation Leaders Talk Green Aviation and More at Annual Summit

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

nasaImages NASA - routes of air navigation in EuropaWASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Representatives from 21 aviation research organizations around the world came together this week at NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California to explore solutions for many of today’s most significant aviation challenges.

Hosted this year by NASA, the sixth annual International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR) Summit, which wrapped up Thursday, provided a non-competitive environment where global aviation leaders evaluated the progress of technical collaborations on issues. These included the environmental impacts of aviation; alternative fuels research; developing a global approach to air traffic management research; supersonic aircraft; and wind tunnel testing. The IFAR Steering Committee also proposed a strategy to ensure the group’s long-term sustainability.

“IFAR membership is growing and the group is maturing with every passing year,” said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington and current IFAR chair. “More and more countries understand that forming a cohesive group to leverage our respective resources can make real progress on solving many of the global aviation issues we all face.”

IFAR participants commended NASA for its leadership in alternative fuels and air traffic management research and development, and its supersonics working groups. They agreed these working groups should continue their important work for the foreseeable future. Research into aircraft efficiency, noise and weather, which is led by the German Aerospace Center, French aerospace lab ONERA, and Netherlands Aerospace Centre also were highlighted as focus areas warranting innovative collaborations.

In addition to its scientific and technical expertise, IFAR promotes exchanges among young aviation scientists and engineers. During a Young Researchers Conference held at this year’s summit, 18 participants from a number of countries, including the United States,Germany, Japan, and South Africa exchanged views on the future of aviation as contributions to IFAR’s own vision.

The next IFAR summit will be hosted in the fall of 2016 by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute in Daejeon, Republic of South Korea.

For more information about IFAR, go to:
http://www.ifar.aero

For more information about how NASA is with you when you fly, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/aeronauticsnasa

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FAA Administrator Signals Safety Evolution

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Plane above morning Earth

Speaking today at the Flight Safety Foundation’s Newsmaker Breakfast at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Federal AviationAdministration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced the next step in the FAA’s continuing evolution of working with those it regulates. The FAA developed the new Compliance Philosophy to  enhance our ability to find safety problems before they result in an incident or accident, use the best tools to fix those problems, and then monitor the situation to ensure that no new problems develop. This approach recognizes that most operators comply with the rules and use Safety Management Systems to identify hazards. They then assess the risks from those hazards, and put measures in place to mitigate the risks.

The Compliance Philosophy challenges the status quo. The FAA wants safe operators, not operators who inadvertently make a mistake and then hide it because they’re afraid they will be punished. Based on cooperation and trust, it encourages an open and transparent exchange of information and data between the FAA and industry. The Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) successfully used this approach to reduce the risk in U.S. commercial aviation by 83 percent over 10 years.

“The FAA’s Compliance Philosophy helps the FAA and industry to use critical thinking to work smarter and more efficiently to get to the bottom of potential safety problems,” said Huerta. “It’s about finding a problem, fixing a problem, and making sure it stays fixed.”

Huerta stressed that the FAA will continue to have zero tolerance for intentional reckless behavior, inappropriate risk-taking, repeat failures, falsification, failure to fulfill commitments, or deviation from regulatory standards.  The FAA will continue to vigorously pursue enforcement action in these circumstances.

Read FAA Administrator Huerta’s speech on FAA.gov.

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FAA Awards $24.5 Million in Environmental Grants to Airports

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Beautiful view of silhouette of airplaneWASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently awarded $24.5 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants to 11 airports around the country to reduce emissions and improve air quality through the FAA’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) and Zero Emissions Airport Vehicle (ZEV) programs.

“These programs are crucial to our efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions and make our skies and roads more environmentally-friendly,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “The U.S. Department of Transportation is committed to working with airports and communities across the nation to improve air quality and protect the health of future generations of Americans.”

VALE is designed to reduce all sources of airport ground emissions in areas that do not meet air quality standards. The FAA established the program in 2005 to help airport sponsors meet their air quality responsibilities under the Clean Air Act.  Through these programs, airport sponsors can use Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds and Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs) to help acquire refueling and recharging stations, electrified gates, low-emission vehicles, and other airport-related air quality improvements.

The ZEV program, created through the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, allows airport sponsors to use AIP funds to purchase vehicles that produce zero exhaust emissions.  AIP funds can cover up to 50 percent of these total project costs.  Airport sponsors also can use federal funds to pay for any needed infrastructure construction or modification needed to facilitate the delivery of the fuel and services for these vehicles.

“The FAA continues to award grants for projects with short-term and long-term emissions reductions benefits on or near airports,” said FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta.  “These airports must be responsible environmental stewards and good neighbors to their surrounding communities.”

The $23.4 million in VALE grants include:

  • Chicago O’Hare International, $2 million– to purchase and install 15 ground power units (GPUs) and pre-conditioned air (PCA) units, which will allow aircraft arriving at overnight parking positions to shut off their auxiliary power units and connect to a clean central heating and cooling system.  The project will save fuel and reduce aircraft emissions on the ground.
  • Memphis International, $1.3 million – to purchase and install three GPUs and PCA units.
  • Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall, $2.5 million– to purchase and install eight GPUs and eight PCAs for passenger gates.
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International, $1 million – to install 28 charging stations in Terminal four for electric ground service equipment.
  • Port Columbus International, OH, $2.7 million– to purchase and install 13 GPUs and 11 PCAs at passenger gates.
  • Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International, AL $2.6 million – to purchase seven clean fuel burning vehicles and a refueling station.
  • Indianapolis International, $3.9 million– to purchase and install 12 GPUs and 22 stationary pole lights.  The stationary pole lights will replace diesel-powered lights and will help illuminate ramp operations on the cargo apron to improve safety and reduce fossil fuel emissions.
  • William P. Hobby, Houston, TX, $1.6 million – to purchase and install five PCAs and GPUs for passenger gates.
  • Cleveland Hopkins International, $1.1 million – to install four GPUs and PCAs for passenger gates.

The $955,088 in ZEV grants include:

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, $926,789 – to purchase one electric shuttle bus for passenger service from terminal to terminal and fund infrastructure needed to charge the vehicle, including one wireless inductive charging pad and one long-term charging area.
  • Lambert-St. Louis International, $28,299 – to fund four electric utility carts for on-airport emergency services, and other uses.

Through VALE, airports are reducing ozone emissions by approximately 801 tons per year, which is equivalent to removing more than 44,735 cars and trucks from the road annually.  In fiscal year 2014, the FAA issued $16.6 million in VALE grants for nine projects at nine airports.  Since 2005, the FAA has funded 87 VALE projects at 44 airports, which represents a total investment of $215 million in clean airport technology.  That amount includes $173 million in federal grants and $42 million in local airport matching funds.

The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) provides more than $3 billion in annual funding for projects that are vital to maintaining the safety, security, capacity, efficiency, and environmental stewardship of the nation’s airports.  More than 3,300 airports are eligible for AIP grants benefiting commercial passengers, cargo operations, and general aviation activities throughout the nation.

The VALE program supports the objectives of the President’s Climate Action Plan.  The Plan builds on efforts to address climate change and support clean energy innovation.  The Plan also includes historic investments in advanced vehicle and fuel technologies, public transit, and rail under the Recovery Act.  The investments also include ambitious new fuel economy standards put into place for cars and trucks, which the Administration has worked to develop since 2009 in collaboration with industry.

For more information about the programs, visit:

www.faa.gov/airports/environmental/vale

andwww.faa.gov/airports/environmental/zero_emissions_vehicles.

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High School Program Delivers Helicopter Flight Training and S.T.E.M. Education

Monday, August 31st, 2015

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Prescott, AZ. August 31, 2015 - For the third year-in-a-row, Guidance Aviation provided helicopter pilot ground school and introductory helicopter flights for Tri-City Prep High Schoolers. This year’s class ran August 10th – 27th.  The high school students were taught numerous aviation topics including:

  • Helicopter Operations
  • Fundamentals of aerodynamics
  • Instruments and Flight Controls
  • Elements of weather and how they pertain to flight
  • Determining protocols for cross-country flight
  • Physiological and psychological factors affecting human safety
  • Identifying extreme hazards in helicopter flight
  • Using a Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) and Airport Facility Directory (AFD)

The course prepares the students for a portion of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Practical Knowledge Test, necessary to become a certificated helicopter pilot.

The future aviators also had the opportunity to utilize the Guidance Aviation flight simulation lab and fly the X-Copter helicopter simulator, an FAA approved, state-of-the-art helicopter flight training device used to prepare flight students for their first helicopter flights.  X-Copter’s manufacturing facility and corporate offices are also located at the Prescott Municipal Airport (KPRC), adjacent Guidance Aviation.

“Guidance Aviation has been a great partner for Tri-City Prep and genuinely cares for the students’ experiences. The program allows for our students to learn about unique careers in aviation while acquiring education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (S.T.E.M),” states Principal Milliken, TriCity Prep.

“Guidance Aviation is delighted to offer our helicopter pilot ground school for the third time at Tri-City Prep High School.  Motivating students and getting them interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math needs to be done more often,” remarked John “JJ” Johnson, Director of Academics, Guidance Aviation.

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