Archive for September, 2011

The GI Bill And Flight Training: Four Things You Need To Know

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
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Learn what you need to know about flight training and the GI Bill

If you’ve served on active duty in the US Military, you may be eligible for reimbursement of some or all of your flight training costs under the GI Bill. While you may still have to pay some costs out of pocket, the GI Bill is a great way to help pay for your flight training. The only catch is, with the addition of new benefits for some veterans the process has gotten a little more complex. Here are four things you need to know about using the GI Bill and flight training:

1 – What funding options are available to me?

2 – What training is eligible for reimbursement?

3 – How do I qualify?

4 – What is covered?

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Aerosim Flight Academy Now Hiring Flight Instructors

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
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Contact Aerosim Flight Academy about CFI jobs - they won't last long

We just got the word to begin recruiting efforts for CFIs at Aerosim Flight Academy. Aerosim operates flight training locations in Florida and Texas. At the present time, they are not requiring any kind of minimum flight hours, but you will need to have a current FAA 2nd class medical certificate and a clean driving record. A current IFR rating will help too.

Could this be the beginnings of the rumored pilot hiring boom?

Get more info and contact Aerosim Flight Academy about flight instructor jobs.

How To Use the Expanded GI Bill For Flight Training

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011
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Expanded GI Bill includes provisions for flight training

Starting in October 2011, veterans who qualify for the Expanded Post-9/11 GI Bill will be allowed to use their benefits to pay tuition at a number of non-degree vocational programs, including flight training. This is the most comprehensive revision of the law as it applies to veterans’ benefits since the Montgomery GI Bill of 1985 and the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

In the past, veterans were limited to using their educational benefits to earn college degrees. With the expansion of benefits, military veterans can now attend flight schools even if they enroll in a non-degree granting program. However, it’s important to know that the GI Bill will not pay for primary flight training (for example, a private pilot license) but will pay for advanced ratings required to work as a pilot (like an instrument rating or commercial pilot license).

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Online Aviation Programs and Degrees Finally Going Mainstream

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
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New online aviation programs can help you reach your aviation goals – photo courtesy of aceairways

Although online education is nothing new, the aviation industry is finally getting into the action. Several vocational schools and universities are now offering online programs that can teach some or all of the course material needed to launch a career in aviation. Some of these institutions even offer financial aid to those who qualify.

Online Professional Pilot Programs – Although you can’t learn to fly a real airplane from the comfort of your own home, several schools now offer a way to earn a degree online while simultaneously attending either a local flight school or a cooperating flight academy. And by going this route, you may be eligible to receive financial aid grants and loans, if you qualify. Most airlines now require a college degree for employment so earning a Bachelor or Associate degree concurrently with your physical flight training may be a great way to go. Mountain State University is now offering degrees online concurrently with enrollment at one of ATP’s (Airline Transport Professionals) 25 U.S. training locations. Similarly, Utah Valley University has made arrangements with a number of other flight schools to allow you to earn your degree while learning to fly.

Online Aircraft Dispatcher ProgramsSheffield School of Aeronautics and Jeppesen now offer online courses for their Aircraft Dispatcher Training programs. These courses prepare you for a short classroom experience which leads up to taking the appropriate FAA (or other governing body) flight dispatcher tests.

Online Aviation Associate, Bachelor and Masters DegreesEverglades University is now offering several different aviation degree programs online including Aviation Management, Aviation Technology, and even a Master’s Degree in Aviation Science.

Online training in the aviation industry is finally here and it offers you new possibilities in the way of financing and building your resume for your ultimate aviation goal. To learn more about these programs please visit our Online Aviation Programs page where you can contact each school for more information.

Flight Training Close Up – Phoenix East Aviation

Friday, September 9th, 2011
By Pat Cobleigh
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Learn more about flight training programs at Phoenix East Aviation

What makes one flight training academy better than another? There are many things – training aircraft, quality of the ground school, the curriculum, management, the local weather – and importantly, the flight instructors themselves. Phoenix East has consistently been told by students and graduates that ALL of these things listed are what make PEA a superior flight school. Graduates also often emphasize the dedication, skills and caring attitudes of the flight instructors.

With currently approximately 60 full-time, professional flight instructors, the student pilot is in good hands at PEA. Learning to fly is not simple, and it’s not easy. You need to have a strong desire — a “passion” — for aviation; a student pilot also needs to have a sense of dedication and perseverance – plus you need good teachers.

At Phoenix East Aviation, the student has a special mentor guiding him/ her: That instructor has one goal – to help the student succeed in training and to become a skilled, safe pilot. If you need extra help, your instructor will be there to assist – 24/7. PEA instructors are full-time, not just weekend instructors. At PEA they fly and teach you every day. Many are university graduates with aviation degrees; others are former military or airline pilots. They are all FAA-trained and at minimum, hold Commercial Pilot Licenses, as well as Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument and Multi-engine Instructor ratings.

In addition, Phoenix East’s Flight Department is structured and managed like an airline, with an equivalent level of professionalism. It includes a Flight Standards Department and a Department of Corporate Safety and Security, as well as having a Chief Pilot and two Assistant Chief Pilots. In addition, PEA is one of only a very few independent U.S. flight academies that is nationally accredited. To become accredited, an academy must periodically go through a rigorous evaluation to assure its high standards in education. The instructors are part of this accreditation assessment.

Phoenix East is well-known for training pilot candidates for airlines worldwide – the list of airlines is long (for details, see Not only are PEA students from countries throughout the world, but so also are the instructors: they are currently from Germany, Guatemala, Norway, England, Israel, India, Venezuela, Iran, Brazil, Denmark, Greece, Uruguay, Scotland – and of course, also from the U.S. At PEA, students are prepared to become professional pilots.

PEA instructors are right now teaching student pilots from over 50 countries throughout the world. In the past three years. Phoenix East has taught men and women from 90 different countries to fly. Students from all over the world want to join the academy for flight training. Why? It’s because of the academy’s well-known quality of education and its excellent reputation with airlines worldwide. Phoenix East Aviation does indeed “Teach the World to Fly.”

Contact a Phoenix East Aviation Admissions Officer today for more information on pilot training or dispatcher training at Phoenix East Aviation. Welcoming men and women of all nationalities and ethnic groups, Phoenix East Aviation encourages interested students to learn how they can enjoy rewarding careers as professional pilots. Complete an information request form or telephone an Admissions Officer at 1-386-258-0703.

Phoenix East Aviation, Inc. provides comprehensive pilot training, specializing in professional flight instruction. FAR Part 141, private, commercial and multi-engine professional programs and FAR Part 61 courses are offered. The school is nationally accredited and is approved to offer Veteran Benefits under the G.I. Bill, as well as offering M-1 and F-1 visa programs for foreign students. Headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, where the climate permits flight operations 350+ days a year, the school has been in continuous operation since 1972.

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Air Traffic Controllers – Behind the Scenes of 9/11

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Washington, D.C. – Three air traffic employees who were directly involved in the events of 9/11 share their memories on the 10th anniversary of that tragic day in a new video released by the Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday.

“On September 11th, FAA air traffic controllers across the country acted quickly and decisively to help secure our nation’s aviation system,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Their professionalism and courage in the wake of the attacks was not only remarkable, it was crucial to restoring the safety and security of our airspace.”

“The men and women who control air traffic in this country had the skill to quickly land thousands of planes,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “Ten years later we are still incredibly proud of their work.”

On September 11, 2001, Michael McCormick was the Air Traffic Manager at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center in Ronkonkoma, NY; Terry Biggio was the Operations Manager at the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center in Nashua, NH; and Frank Hatfield was the air traffic division manager at the FAA’s Eastern Region Headquarters in Jamaica, NY. All three men still work for the FAA.

“When I look back on that tragic day, I’m most proud of how all of our air traffic controllers rose to the occasion and did the right thing so well that it amazed the rest of the world,” said McCormick.

Follow this link to learn more about becoming an Air Traffic Controller.

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Guidance Aviation Establishes Heli Pilot Scholarship

Thursday, September 1st, 2011
Guidance Helicopters - pilot training in Arizona

Guidance Helicopters – pilot training in Arizona

Prescott, Arizona  – On August 17, 2011, the Guidance Academy Scholarship was established by Guidance Aviation of Prescott, Arizona to provide financial assistance to students in need who are enrolled in the Yavapai College Professional Pilot Program pursuing their Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Professional Pilot – Helicopters.

Guidance Aviation is donating $11,000 in the month of August 2011 to Yavapai College Foundation to kick off the fund and plans to donate at least $15,000 per semester which totals at least $45,000 per year.

The scholarship was created by Guidance Aviation’s CEO John Stonecipher, working with Mr. Steven Walker, Director of the Yavapai College Foundation and Mr. Paul Kirchgrabber, Director of Development, Yavapai College Foundation.

On August 26, 2011, the establishment of the Guidance Academy Scholarship will be announced officially at the Guidance Aviation Student Recognition BBQ at the Guidance Aviation flight training facility at the Prescott airport (PRC).  In attendance will be Dr. Penelope Wills, President, Yavapai College.  Guidance Aviation’s CEO, John Stonecipher, will be presenting an $11,000 check to Dr. Wills at the ceremony.

Learn more about Guidance Aviation, a career placement academy specializing in high altitude flight training in both helicopters and airplanes.