Archive for December, 2011

New Helicopter Training Program For Veterans

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
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Students enrolling in the Flight Instructor Course at Mountain Ridge can receive Veterans benefits under either Chapter 30 or 33

Mountain Ridge Helicopters is pleased to announce that the VA has approved it’s Flight Instructor Course which after completion the pilot will be able to perform one of the most vital and influential roles in aviation, instructing others how to fly helicopters. Now, students enrolling in the Flight Instructor Course at Mountain Ridge can receive financial benefits under either Chapter 30 or 33. We are excited to continue working with our veterans and are committed to providing them, and all our students, with comprehensive and affordable training!

Mountain Ridge Helicopters is located in Northern Utah at the Logan-Cache Airport. MRH offers one on one training, Mountain flying and an excellent place to live. Contact Mountain Ridge Helicopters today to learn about the Helicopter Pilot Training Programs.

AMT Prep School Offers New Program

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Carolina AeronauticalCarolina Aeronautical of Simpsonville, North Carolina, one of the top aircraft mechanic schools in the country, recently announced the addition of a new course to its comprehensive educational programs. The new Aircraft Systems Familiarization course will offer students a hands-on introduction to the unique intricacies involved in cutting-edge electrical systems within the latest models of aircraft.

Taught by industry-leading instructors over a four-week period, this course is designed for those students who already have some experience in the field, whether in a military or civilian capacity and includes access to study materials, manuals, course software and the cost for taking the final exam.

A&P schools across the country are receiving a large upswing in demand for courses in recent years as a result of renewed interest within this competitive field. Thousands of students from around the U.S. and across the globe have received their training with Carolina Aeronautical and have since entered their chosen fields of study. And the school’s ability to produce highly-trained graduates has been recognized by the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association and the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers, with whom they have professional training associations.

Those interested in learning more about the school’s exceptional new Aircraft Systems Familiarization course are asked to contact  Carolina Aeronautical school administrators as soon as possible in order to secure the place.

Crocodile Attacks Helicopter, Gets Free Ride

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

I have no idea if this is a real photo or not, but it sure makes a good story! Enjoy!

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A recent incident in the Northern Territory Australia

UND donates aviation training device to Bismarck Public Schools

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

UND Donates Flight SimulatorThe University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences recently donated a Piper Seminole Flight Training Device (FTD) to Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy. The device is a simulator for learning about the operation of a twin-engine aircraft.

The Bismarck Public School district Career Academy Center is located on the campus of Bismarck State College. The Center enrolls 900 students annually from nine public and private high schools in the area. The Center provides students with quality education in career and technical programs including high-wage, high-demand technical training, academic integration and alignment with post-secondary education. About 90 students are currently attending aviation courses at the Career Academy.

“This device will help us train students in a realistic environment,” said Mike McHugh, a UND Aviation alum and Career Academy instructor. ” The FTD includes all functioning instruments and controls identical to the aircraft and comes with a realistic visual display system.”

“The simulator will fuel the passion of students using it,” said Bruce Smith, dean of the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. “High school programs like this are critical to our future. They give us an opportunity to get young men and women interested in aviation, and they give students the academic foundation they need to succeed in aviation in college.”

By Juan Miguel Pedraza
Writer/Editor, UND Office of University Relations
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Helicopter Training Tip – Should You Get Your Rotorcraft Rating First?

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

I ran across the short video today from Fort Wayne Helicopters and thought you may want to see it. It answers the old “should I get my fixed wing rating first?” question a lot of aspiring professional helicopter pilots always seem to ask… the answer?  Watch the video!

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U.S. Veterans – Aircraft Dispatcher Training Now Covered At Jeppesen

Thursday, December 8th, 2011
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Approved applicants may now be eligible to receive up to 100 percent coverage of tuition, housing, and FAA testing expenses for attending Jeppesen

U.S. military veterans interested in a new career in aviation may now be eligible for increased tuition and housing benefits through a new policy enacted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Approved applicants may now be eligible to receive up to 100 percent coverage of tuition, housing, and FAA testing expenses for attending Jeppesen Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Dispatcher Certification course training.  Veterans and dependents may receive tuition assistance through Veterans Affairs benefit programs such as the Post 9/11 VA Bill, Montgomery GI Bill and others.

Jeppesen, a unit of Boeing Flight Services and a global industry leader in navigation, operations, training and optimization solutions, offers training for numerous careers in the aviation industry.  FAA licensed dispatchers are equipped with a body of knowledge that is applicable to many aviation careers.  The dispatcher plays a critical role in maintaining aviation safety and efficiency, working in Airline Operations Control (AOC) centers worldwide.

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Asia and Middle East Airlines Pilot Hiring Boom

Monday, December 5th, 2011
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Pilots needed in the Middle East and Asia – photo courtesy of and copyright Brandon Farris

In Asia and the Middle East, airlines are ordering new planes each year, with an option to purchase even more as time goes by. The problem is that few of these countries have the pilot force necessary to fly the additional airliners. As a result, these regions will be facing a critical shortage of pilots as air travel increases. Some have already begun to see the effects of too few pilots in a growing industry.

According to an article in the Washington Post, Asia alone will need over 225,000 new pilots in the next 20 years.

One of the greatest challenges in getting pilots trained is the length of the education process. It is common for pilots to spend 3-4 years learning their skills and logging the appropriate hours before earning their license. To combat the shortage some countries in Asia and the Middle East have turned to pilots from Eastern Europe, where English is rarely spoken. As English is the international language of flight, this can, and does lead to confusion in the cockpit and with the tower.

The May 2010 Air India crash highlights some of the most challenging aspects of anticipated pilot shortage. Not only was the Serbian’s grasp of English questionable, he apparently slept through more than half of the flight and was too disoriented to land properly when the time came. With a growing number of pilots needed it is likely that airlines will start to cut corners in the hiring process.

The anticipated shortage isn’t bad for everyone, though. In some Middle Eastern countries airlines have the funds to offer exceptional salaries and conditions to trained pilots. These benefits have been used to lure well-trained professionals from U.S.-based carriers. In fact, “pilot poaching” has become such an issue in some areas of the world that local governments have been stepping in, requiring pilots to spend a certain amount of time with one airline before moving on.

It will take time for Asia and the Middle East to train its own pilots, and facilities are not yet readily available, although several are in the process of being built. Furthermore, the crisis is expected to spread into other areas of the aviation field as aircraft mechanics become scarce as well. Until the infrastructure has been put into place, airlines can anticipate the shortage to become more severe.

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Washington State Gets New Helicopter School in January 2012

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Inland Helicopters Washington R22A partnership between Big Bend Community College and Inland Helicopters of Spokane will provide opportunities for students to become helicopter pilots while earning an associates degree. The new helicopter pilot training program begins in January of 2012.

“This is another example of the type of public/private partnerships we must establish to create new programs in today’s economy,” said BBCC President Bill Bonaudi. The partnership opens a new range of careers for BBCC aviation students, including emergency medical services, power line patrol, tourism, law enforcement, fire fighting, logging, aerial photography, agriculture, border patrol, fish and wildlife counts, and news gathering.

“Students in the helicopter pilot program will be enrolled as BBCC students,” said BBCC Flight Instructor John Swedburg. Flight instruction and two helicopters will be provided by Inland Helicopters at Grant County International Airport. “Inland Helicopters will recruit for us, and they have Veteran’s Administration and federal financial aid funding options to help students,” Swedburg said. With Inland Helicopter providing the instructors and equipment, BBCC will provide instruction in ground school, meteorology, technical writing and math—the same classes taken by students enrolled in BBCC’s Commercial Pilot Program. Inland will develop some classroom instruction to “fill the gaps” pertinent to helicopters, said David Valenti of Inland Helicopters. “Aerodynamics and weight and balance are different for helicopters than for airplanes, for instance,” Valenti said.

Inland Helicopter uses Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters for primary training. The two-seat R22 gets most of the training time due to its lower operating and maintenance costs. The R44 has twice the useful load and faster cruising speed.

Students who complete the program can graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree and FAA certificates including Private, Instrument, Commercial, and Certified Flight Instructor. “Big Bend was very receptive and enthusiastic in working with us,” Valenti said. “Their instructors measure their flight time experience in the thousands of hours, so they know what they are doing.”

Valenti said national statistics show an improving job market for helicopter pilots. Among helicopter pilots, 25 percent are over age 61, and 22 percent are between age 51 and 61. Upcoming retirements will create a shortage, he said.

BBCC has had a commercial pilot program since 1965. The program has 27 aircraft in its fleet and is the largest and most successful pilot training program in the Pacific Northwest.

For more information contact Inland Helicopters at (509) 534-9114 or Big Bend Community College at (509) 793-2004