Archive for November, 2010

ACCSC Honors Upper Limit Aviation as School of Distinction

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Upper Limit Aviation is now an ACCSC School of Distinction.

The Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges, which accredits education programs at private colleges and career schools, recently awarded Upper Limit Aviation status as a School of Distinction for its helicopter flight training program. The ACCSC award is presented “to recognize ACCSC-accredited institutions that have demonstrated a commitment to the expectations and rigors of accreditation as well as a commitment to delivering quality educational programs” says Michael McComis, Executive Director of ACCSC. The award was presented to Upper Limit Aviation in the fall at the 2010 Professional Development Conference Awards Ceremony.

Upper Limit Aviation, based at Salt Lake International Airport in Utah, operates a helicopter flight school. They offer both Part 141 and Part 61 helicopter flight training programs for ratings from Private to Instrument Flight Instructor. They have also partnered with Salt Lake Community College to offer students the option of enrolling in an Associate of Science Degree or Commercial Certificate of Completion in the Professional Pilot program. Additionally, they offer VA approved courses allowing up to 100% GI Bill benefit coverage for eligible students. According to Lois Reid, co-founder and school director, “It is our mission to create a solid program that is unlike anything in the flight training community.”

Upper Limit Aviation currently offers 13 Federal Aviation Regulation Part 141 approved flight training courses, which allows them to train international students and reduce the number of flight hours required for U.S. students. Additionally, Upper Limit operates a Part 135 on demand Air Carrier to perform various contracts including utility work, aerial surveys, and fire suppression.

For more information on Upper Limit Aviation please see our featured school page.

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Sources: Upper Limit Aviation Receives ACCSC ‘School of Distinction’ Award
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
Sources: Upper Limit Aviation Receives ACCSC ‘School of Distinction’ Award

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Aerosim Flight Academy Looks To Increase Enrollment

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Aerosim uses the Cirrus SR20 for its primary training aircraft.

Boeing’s crew assessment forecast, released earlier this year, calling for at least one million pilots and maintenance personnel in the next 20 years wasn’t missed by Aerosim Flight Academy. The popular flight school intends to increase enrollment in order to meet the needs highlighted in the forecast. During the recent Cocoa Beach Air Show, which took place on October 30th and 31st and had more than 160,000 attendees, Aerosim set up a booth to showcase the school.

The academy’s booth featured the advanced simulator they use during portions of their flight training syllabus. It was a crowd favorite with a long line and wait times that filling the gap between air show performances, but spectators felt it was well worth the wait. The booth was also home to a contingent of career counselors and executives from Cirrus, who manufactures Aerosim’s primary trainer, and several airlines. Aerosim uses the Cirrus SR-20 for it’s primary training aircraft. A group of Aerosim students and instructors were also present at the booth to answer potential pilots’ questions about their training.

Aerosim Flight Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and was the first flight school to participate in the FAA’s Aviation Safety Action Program. Aerosim provides the utmost in professional and safe training with the implementation of FAA Industry Training Standards for their flight training operations. The academy also assists graduates with job placement through partnerships with numerous airlines.

Aerosim’s commitment to provide safe, professional training is a testament to their commitment to providing the best pilots to meet current and future industry demands. Additionally, their relationships with airlines and Cirrus are a huge benefit for their students who learn to fly in some of the best aircraft produced today and receive placements at some of the world’s leading airlines.

For more, please visit our Aerosim Flight Academy information page.

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

Sources: Aerosim Flight Academy Ready to Meet Pilot Shortage
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 Force Academy Expands Flight Simulator Fleet

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

The Air Force Academy has added four new Frasca Instrument Flight Trainers to their fleet of flight simulators.

Frasca International will be providing four additional Instrument Flight Trainer devices to the Air Force Academy in Colorado. The academy, which has operated eight of the devices since 2002, will use the devices to expand cadet aviation programs.

Frasca International, based in Urbana, IL, is one of the leading manufacturers of flight training devices. Their products are currently used by airlines, flight schools, universities, and military organizations. They offer a full range of devices from simple procedure trainers to full-motion flight simulators for all types of aircraft. With more than 2,200 devices in service worldwide, they have created some of the most advanced flight training devices.

The Air Force Academy intends to use the devices to bring combat situations into their flight training programs. In order to accomplish this, the Frasca trainers will be networked together to represent a group of aircraft in one simulation. The IFTs, which include full flight and navigation instrumentation and controls modeled after the T-6A training aircraft, also feature a Frasca visual system. The controls and instruments will all be function the same as in the aircraft.

The devices, only lacking full-motion simulation, are like being in the cockpit of the real aircraft. They feature a high end sound systems for ultra-realistic radio communications via integrated intercom equipment. Additionally, the visual system features the same scenery pilots would see outside a real cockpit, but their instructors can utilize the instructor stations to position these aircraft in a particular place or simply to keep tabs on the student’s performance.

Arguably, one of the best features of these types of devices is their ability to simulate only portions of flights. If a pilot is having a particularly difficult time with one aspect of flight, landing or stall recovery for example, it is really simple to jump to that portion of flight. This would allow a pilot to make 30 landings in an hour versus the 5 landings that could be accomplished in the real aircraft. Additionally, the safety factor of practicing in a simulator on the ground allows pilots inexperienced with certain advanced maneuvers, such as formation aerobatics, to receive training in a safe manner.

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Sources: USAFA Adds Four Frasca IFTs
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

FAA Grants FlightSafety Bell 407 Simulator Level 7 Qualification

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

FlightSafety International has been granted level 7 approval for their Bell 407 FTD.

Flight training provider FlightSafety International is now home to a level 7 Bell 407 advanced flight training device. The FAA recently granted the organization’s Bell 407 FTD Level 7 status, the highest level of flight training device issued.

Level seven FTDs replicate the cockpit, control feel, and aerodynamic handling of specific models of aircraft as well as visual elements of flight via a high level simulation program. Beyond level 7, devices progress into full motion simulators and are given a letter designation, such as the multi-million dollar level D simulators used by airlines. Simulators and flight training devices are popular for training thanks to their cost-effectiveness compared to operating actual aircraft. Even the more expensive high level devices, which may cost as much as the actual aircraft, cost pennies to operate compared to fuel, maintenance, and insurance costs required to operate the real thing. Additionally, students and instructors can benefit from the flexibility of flight training devices which enable users to jump to specific points in a flight.

FlightSafety’s Bell 407 FTD is located at their Lafayette, Louisiana Learning Center. FlightSafety plans to use the device for initial and recurrent type training as well as training VFR pilots for flight into instrument conditions. Additionally, they can simulate a number of scenarios such as those undertaken by EMS and law enforcement operators or news organizations. This capability will enable FlightSafety to train pilots for real-world uses of the popular Bell 407. Perhaps the most significant use of the device is in training for emergency situations that cannot be safely replicated in the aircraft such as engine fires or tail rotor failures. FlightSafety’s Bell 407 FTD represents one of the most realistic and comprehensive training devices  available for the aircraft.

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

Sources: FlightSafety’s Bell 407 flight training device qualified to Level 7 by FAA
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

New Jersey College to Offer Air Traffic Control Degree Program

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

A New Jersey college is now offering a degree program to create air traffic controller applicants.

Students at Atlantic Cape Community College will have a new degree option come January – an air traffic control degree. The associate’s degree program is open to anyone and will be the only air traffic control program offered in New Jersey.

Applications are currently being accepted for the first class. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the FAA’s Air Traffic Selection and Training  exam, which is a prerequisite to admission to the FAA national training academy in Oklahoma. Students are required to meet the minimum standards for FAA air traffic control training programs including age, English proficiency and medical standards. Additionally, the students must be U.S. Citizens and pass a stringent TSA background investigation.

According to a college official, the school hopes to enroll as many as 150 students in the program and they will have six courses ready in January. The program, which culminates in an associate’s degree, consists of several general study courses such as writing, public speaking, math, and science as well as air traffic control courses such as aviation weather and control tower operations.

The college president stated that they modeled the program after existing programs. They will be installing a $325,500 control tower simulation system as well as offering students the ability to obtain a pilot’s certificate. He said the program is intended to provide workers for the William J. Hughes FAA Technical Center and the Next Generation Aviation Research Park which are near the school.

Air traffic control is an essential aspect of the aviation industry in the US that is currently undergoing an expensive modernization. With as many as half the current air traffic controllers set to retire over the next decade, thanks to mandatory retirement, graduates of programs like this are needed to prevent controller shortages that could cripple the current system. Additionally, students in these programs will be needed to bridge the gap between the old system an the new in order to see the smoothest possible transition.

For more information on air traffic controller training and choosing the right school, check out our Air Traffic Controller Training Resource Center or find air traffic controller training near you.

Sources: Air traffic control degree program coming to Atlantic Cape Community College in January
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