Archive for March, 2012

New Sims At Pan Am International Flight Academy

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Pan Am logoMiami Pan Am International Flight Academy continued its expansion plans by announcing today the acquisition of three additional full flight simulators to be placed immediately in service at their Miami and Memphis training facilities.

The company’s Miami Training Center has taken delivery of a B777 Level D simulator, as well as a B747- 400 Level D simulator. Both simulators have enhanced definition visual systems using satellite imagery as well as sophisticated weather and lighting effects to create highly realistic training scenarios for pilots. This brings the total number of commercial jet simulators in Miami to 20, making Pan Am the largest simulator-training provider in the Miami area.

Pan Am has also added an MD-11 full flight simulator to its Memphis Training Center. This Level D sim gives MD-11 operators worldwide a premier option for their simulator training.

Gregory Darrow, Senior Director of Sales at Pan Am states, “All three simulators are available for immediate flight training. We will continue to acquire additional simulators in 2012 and anticipate opening new international training centers in the near future.” More details are to be announced at WATS 2012, the World Aviation Training Conference and Tradeshow in Orlando Florida on April 17-19 where the company is participating as an exhibitor.

Pan Am International Flight Academy, a leading provider of training support for airlines and aviation professionals, has the single most diverse fleet of Airline simulators in the world, with training centers throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

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New Flight Training Scholarships From Sennheiser

Friday, March 30th, 2012
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You could be awarded a $1,000 flight training scholarship

Sennheiser, the maker of high-end aviation headsets and other audio equipment, is giving away eight $1000 flight training scholarships. For more information check out their website here:

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Flight Time and Duty Time Limitations For Airline Pilots

Friday, March 30th, 2012
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Flight time and duty time limitations for airline pilots are spelled out in Part 121 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. They can be further refined in the scheduling sections of union contracts. Most pilot groups will try to negotiate more restrictive limitations to benefit their quality of life. We all love to fly, but time at home is very important also, especially for those pilots who have families and small children. The FAA flight time limitations for commercial pilots are as follows:

  • 8 hours between required rest periods.
  • 30 hours in any 7 consecutive days..
  • 100 hour in any calendar month.
  • 1000 hours in a calendar year.

8 hours between required rest periods is the hardest of the limitations to understand. The required rest can change depending on how many hours are actually flown in a 24 hour period. By regulation, a pilot can only be SCHEDULED to fly 8 hours in any 24 consecutive hours. Now, if because of delays beyond the operator’s (airline”s) control, the 8 hours are exceeded, the pilot can complete the flying assignment, but he/she will need additional rest before another assignment is accepted. The FAA rest requirements are as follows:

  • Scheduled for less than 8 hours = 9 hours of consecutive rest.
  • If you end up flying more than 8 hours but less than 9 hours = 10 consecutive hours of rest.
  • If you end up flying more than 9 hours = 11 hours of consecutive rest.

The 8 hour limitation is not often exceeded, but during times of severe weather is does happen.

Flight Time vs Credit Time

For airline pilots, there are two different types of times we are concerned with in the coarse of a day. One is the flight time the FAA requires us to keep track of for the limits discussed above. We call this actual flight time BLOCK TIME. The other is what we call CREDIT TIME. Credit time is usually a certain percentage above the actual flight time and is what our hourly pay is based upon. When we receive at trip assignment, both of these times will be listed on the printout. The more credit a trip assignment is worth, relates to more days off and more time with our families.

Duty Time

The last time we are concerned with is DUTY TIME. For each trip assignment, we are required to report one hour before the departure of our first flight. In our pilot break room, there are computers that allow us to pull up our monthly schedule using our company assigned employee number. We also use these computers to CHECKIN for a particular trip assignment. Once we checkin, we are considered ON DUTY.  The FAA allows us to be on duty for a maximum of 16 hours. What most people do not understand is we may be scheduled to receive 8 hours of credit (pay), but it may take us 16 hours to get it. Not at all like a 9 – 5 job.

The flight time and duty limitations that I have discussed are for domestic flying only, which means within the contiguous United States. When talking about international flying, there are a different set of rules to learn. Always something to learn and review as an airline pilot.

This article was written by Michael Moore, an A-320 Captain, aviation writer, and frequent contributor to You can follow him on Twitter @michaelflies or find his blog at

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Thursday, March 29th, 2012
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“When we discovered what Captain Judy Rice was doing, we wanted all-in.” – John Stonecipher, President, CEO, Guidance Aviation

Sun n’ Fun Air Show, Lakeland, Fl. – At the Sun n’ Fun Fly-In and Air Show opening press conference on March 27th, Captain Judy Rice of will announce the organization’s Premier Sponsor, Guidance Aviation, LLC. Guidance Aviation has donated the Cirrus SR20 G3 aircraft equipped with Garmin Perspective, Synthetic Vision and a Ballistic Recovery System for the Around-The-World flight to promote education, aviation and aerospace.

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Guidance Aviation has donated this Cirrus SR20 G3 aircraft for the Around-The-World flight to promote education, aviation and aerospace.

“When we discovered what Captain Judy Rice was doing, we wanted all-in. What a fantastic way to promote education and to inspire our kids to discover the unique opportunities that the aviation and aerospace industries promise. We are proud to provide the Cirrus SR20 G3 in order to make this effort take flight. Currently with a position on delivery for the new Cirrus Vision Jet, I am a big believer of the Cirrus brand, combining the best technology with the safest design,” stated John Stonecipher, President, CEO, Guidance Aviation.

Guidance Aviation is a Part 141 airplane and helicopter flight training facility, based in the high altitude environment of Prescott, Arizona.

In the Fall of 2013, the Cirrus SR20 G3 will take flight, commencing’s mission of promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education through the excitement of and Around-The-World Flight of Adventure. International Student Command Centers in classrooms around the world will be connected via the Internet utilizing the website, multiple Facebook pages, streaming audio, video, podcasts and other web based mediums.

Guidance aviation logo“The Student Command Centers will be organized and managed by the students, providing a perfect vessel to inspire and educate,” states Captain Rice. “We are currently meeting with all education, aviation and aerospace leaders, companies and enthusiasts to discuss additional sponsorship opportunities and alliances.” is a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation. 100% of all proceeds go to the promotion of the flight, flight support and promoting education, aerospace and aviation. ALL Team Members are 100% volunteers.

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Flying Legends Air Show 2012 Trailer – Get Your Blood Pumping

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

If this doesn’t make you want to fly, nothing will. Enjoy!

A Student Response To Flight Training Dropouts

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
By Ted Seastrom

Learning to fly an airplane photoSixty percent of students who start flight training drop out. They never make it to their private pilot certificate.

This is a conservative estimate. It uses student medicals as a reference point. In other words, these dropouts are people who made a serious start on flight training and knew how much it would cost.

So what goes wrong? In my opinion as a recent private pilot student, two things.

First, students are unfamiliar with and unfocused during the training process. Outside of universities and 141 programs, flight training it is usually delivered piecemeal. There is often inconsistency in curriculum, training staff, and airplanes. Consequently, students have difficulty managing their progress.

Second, a large percentage of new instructors are young and inexperienced. Many become CFIs to build time. You have beginners teaching beginners. Worst case scenario, you’re matching an immature reluctant instructor with a demanding mid-career professional.

As a result of my own experience—and seeing friends drop out and give up on lifelong dreams—I decided to write about it. “Learning to Fly an Airplane: Insider information from a student perspective” can be downloaded or read online for free at

This is the book I wish I’d read before taking my first flying lesson. It’s not about how to fly. Instead it walks students through each stage of the training process. It warns them of the pitfalls and encourages them when facing unexpected challenges.

Flight training isn’t going to change anytime soon. But going into the experience with eyes wide open might improve student completion rates. It will certainly make the process less frustrating and more enjoyable.


A private pilot with 220 hours, Ted Seastrom is a writer and consultant. For more information, visit his website at

Arizona Students, Vets Get New Helicopter Training Program

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Yavapai College logoPrescott, Arizona, March 22, 2012 – John Morgan, Yavapai College Dean of the Technical Division, has been a key figure in the development of one of the most successful and fastest growing collegiate helicopter programs in the United States. The Yavapai College Professional Helicopter Pilot Program has an enrollment of almost 100 students. Approximately 80% of these students are U.S. Military Veterans utilizing their GI Bill veteran benefits.

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

Guidance Aviation logoYavapai College isn’t the only beneficiary of this successful program. The College’s aviation training partner in the Professional Helicopter Pilot Program is Guidance Aviation. Established in Prescott, Arizona in 1998, Guidance now employs more than 50 professionals, dozens of whom are Yavapai College and Embry-Riddle University Graduates. Yavapai County and the City of Prescott have benefited greatly with a positive economic impact on the local community. Helicopter flight training has resulted in over $1.2 million worth of fuel purchased in the past year, increasing fuel revenues to the City of Prescott and Legend Aviation. With over 100 flight students and their families you begin to see the positive impact this program has made on the local economy.

Bill Cheek of William V. Cheek and Associates, an aviation consultancy, which authored the 2006 Prescott Airport Economic Impact Study, confirmed the significance of the economic influence of the Yavapai College Professional Helicopter Pilot Program. “When taking the direct and indirect expenses of the helicopter program, adding them together and then using a multiplier of .9, typical for these studies, we estimate the total economic impact of Yavapai College – Guidance Aviation helicopter program on the wider community to be $15.2 million,” states Cheek.

As a result of Yavapai College’s program success, Guidance Aviation established the Guidance Scholarship for helicopter flight training students in need of financial assistance. To date, Guidance Aviation has donated $26,000 to the Yavapai College Foundation for student scholarships.

Jobs at Yavapai College have also been positively impacted as a result of the program. Yavapai College has hired a large number Guidance Aviation Instructors as adjunct Professors at the College as well as two full time positions. The success of the helicopter program has prompted Yavapai College to add another aviation program for airplane training.

“Guidance Aviation is a remarkable success story. They’re a small business start-up that has steadily grown into one of the area’s top employers. The City of Prescott is proud to have Guidance Aviation based at our airport and we recognize the tremendous contributions to the community in terms of economic impact, educational opportunity, and charitable activity,” stated Mayor Kuykendall, City of Prescott, Arizona.

Also commenting on the program, Mr. Tom Thurman, Chairman, District 2, Board of County Supervisors, “I am so proud of Yavapai College and our other academic facilities in Yavapai County not only for sales tax and Jobs, but for putting our area in the forefront for small communities in the Aerospace industry.”

Learn more about becoming a commercial helicopter pilot at Yavapai / Guidance Aviation

Redstone College Earns Top Awards From National Aviation Competition

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Student and faculty teams finish in the top rankings at 4th Annual AMT Society Maintenance Skills Competition in Las Vegas

BROOMFIELD, COLO. (March 21, 2011) – Redstone College, a Denver-based institution of higher learning, recently sent two teams to compete in the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Society’s Aviation Maintenance Skills Competition in Las Vegas. A total of 26 teams competed in the 4th annual event, which attracted international teams, domestic air carriers, military teams and six aviation maintenance schools.

Team Redstone, comprised of five students, placed first in the school division and fifth in the competition overall. Team Colorado, which included Redstone staff, placed first in the general aviation division and finished sixth overall. This is the third consecutive year Team Colorado won the general aviation category.

“We are very proud of the way our teams represented Redstone College throughout this competition,” said Mike Couling, Redstone College campus president. “This was the first year we sent a student team to this competition and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We are bursting with pride over their accomplishment, as well as the work of their instructors on Team Colorado, and we commend all of the competitors for their skilled and disciplined performance.”

Both teams participated in a three-day competition that included 12 separate troubleshooting and core competency skills events. Teams were judged on their ability to troubleshoot electrical systems, engine component removal and reinstallation, hydraulic system building, tube bending and safety wiring among others.

The AMT Society Maintenance Skills Competition gives teams of licensed aviation maintenance technicians, educators and students as well as personnel of the Armed Forces involved in the aircraft maintenance field the opportunity to test their combined abilities against those of their peers. According to the AMT Society, “This competition helps enable the constant upgrading of the standards to which today’s skilled technicians are held. The event also showcases the knowledge, skill and integrity that each and every technician, both current and future, possesses.”

Team Redstone and Team Colorado were both honored with plaques at the event’s awards ceremony following the competition.

About Redstone College
Founded in 1965 and located in Broomfield, Redstone College offers a variety of technical degree programs including Airframe and Powerplant (A&P), Advanced Electronics Technology and Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC /R). Redstone College programs are highly integrated to ensure students learn from instructors who have industry experience, receive hands-on practical training, industry networking opportunities, career placement assistance and tuition-free alumni retraining* and more. Since the school was founded, more than 15,000 students have graduated from the programs. For more information on Redstone College, visit

Ready for Some Fun? Sun n’ Fun Airshow!

Monday, March 19th, 2012

You’ve always wanted to fly and you want to be a professional pilot. Well, then we recommend maybe an airshow or two as the airshow season begins to heat up.  If you’re close to the east coast, specifically Florida, then go check out the Sun n’ Fun Airshow in Lakeland, Florida (KLAL).

From March 27th – April 01, there’s just about everything a Fly-In and Airshow can offer at the Sun n’ Fun.  Forums, workshops, airshows, FAA forums, evening events, movies, showcase fly-bys, balloon launches, youth activities, student tours, aerospace education and more.

Is this an AD for Sun n’ Fun? Nope, we just love airplanes and flying.  If you want to be a pilot and have the ability to get to Lakeland, Florida, go!Sun n Fun Air Show 2012 We guarantee you’ll catch the flying bug.  Afterwards, go to Aviation Schools Online to become a professional pilot.

Thousands of Airline Pilots Jobs Worldwide

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

As Asia’s demand for air travel grows, so does its need for pilots.  With the purchase hundreds of new commercial aircraft, Asia’s demand for new pilots is so great, they are looking for experienced U.S. Pilots to fill the gap.  And, Asia is willing to pay them in upwards of $200,000 per year.

According to the report by CNN, Asia predicts a shortage of 9,000 pilots per year through the year 2030.  There are a number of reasons for such a drastic shortage.  First, it takes about two years to simply start a flight school in Asia.  That problem is compounded by the fact that there are only twelve (12) flight schools in Asia where there are 240 million people.  Additionally, if you add in the amount of time it takes to become a qualified commercial pilot, with experience, you can begin to see why Asia is looking to the U.S. for experienced pilots.

But what does this mean for the younger U.S. pilots who want jobs with a U.S. carriers?  It means jobs opening may increase over time as some of the more experienced pilots opt for going the Asian route.  Good news for everybody who wants to be a pilot.

Check out Aviation Schools Online for the most comprehensive directory of professional pilot training programs on the web.