Archive for April, 2012

Utah Helicopter Offers Training Scholarship

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Utah Helicopters LogoUtah Helicopter Flight Academy offers yearly scholarship opportunities for current Utah Helicopter students and new Utah Helicopter students. The scholarship program assists students with flight school financing and promotes success among Utah Helicopter pilots. Utah Helicopters Robinson R44

Utah Helicopter operates out of five locations: Salt Lake City, Provo, and St. George, Utah, and Idaho Falls and Pocatello, Idaho. If you are currently a Utah Helicopter student/pilot or are thinking of becoming a helicopter student/pilot at Utah Helicopter*…apply now using the link to our application below!


*If you have more questions about the application process please call 801-794-2480 and we’ll be happy to assist. Participants in the scholarship program can only qualify for one scholarship. Good luck!

Click here to learn more about Utah Helicopter Flight Academy

Great air-to-air video of USAF F-15s over Japan and the Pacific

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

By Kyle Garrett

Awesome footage… Great air-to-air video of USAF F-15s over Japan and the Pacific

F15 fighter pilot in the cockpit

A day in the life of a USAF fighter pilot

According to Jersey, the fighter jock who shot much of the footage and edited this video, “This video was created to commemorate the 67FS winning the 2011 Raytheon Trophy for outstanding aerial achievement, given to the top air-to-air squadron in the USAF.”

“The footage was shot over 1 year of flying with a Sony HD Handycam and GOPRO Hero. The footage was shot entirely by pilots, no combat camera personnel were used. The video was edited with Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD over 2 weeks by Jersey. Footage includes flying and aircraft from both the 67FS “Fighting Cocks” and the 44FS “Vampire Bats”, entirely on location at Kadena AB, Japan. Most of the over water footage was filmed while we were raging like demons from hell in the skies over the pacific ocean like our brothers did 70 years before us.”

Click here to see the video.


Flight Planning During the 2012 London Olympics

Thursday, April 26th, 2012
By Victoria Gaziano

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What you need to know about flight planning during the Olympics

If you’re a pilot that will be flying in or near the Restricted Zone during this summer’s Olympics in the United Kingdom you need to make sure you are up to speed on the proper procedures for using the airspace. The Airspace Safety Initiative (ASI) is encouraging people to develop template flight plans of frequently used trips and is offering the chance to have those draft plans checked in advance by the NATS (National Air Traffic Services) and MoD (Ministry of Defense) teams that will be processing flight plans this summer.

What you need to do

If you would like to transit or enter the Olympic Restricted Zone airspace you are required to file and have accepted a flight plan. Currently the majority of general aviation (GA) flights pilots undertake don’t require a flight plan to be filed so the ASI and GA community have been working to encourage pilots to learn and use the system in advance.

What will happen next with your flight planning

To have your flight plans checked in advance by the National Air Traffic Services log onto your AFPEx (Assisted Flight Plan Exchange) flight planning account and submit a flight plan that you intend to use this summer. It is important that you follow the  instructions on the website to prevent actually filing a flight plan as if you do it will automatically notify all the airfields on your route and may result in an ‘overdue action’ being initiated. The NATS and MoD teams involved in Olympic flight planning will check each plan and confirm that it is correct or highlight any changes that need to be made.

More information can be found on the  ASI Olympics website

Victoria Gaziano works for Rocket Route. Rocket Route solves a real problem in today’s aviation market by helping pilots to prepare and file flight plans in minutes, instead of hours. Website: Twitter:!/rocketroute

Our New GI-Bill Flight Training Section Is Now Online

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
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Learn to fly on the GI-Bill

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The new Post-9/11 GI-Bil can help pay for career-oriented flight training for U.S. military veterans. We wanted to make it easy for our vets to find, research, and contact schools that offer GI-bill flight training, so we created a special section on our site.

This new page lists VA flight schools, related articles on how to use your GI-Bill benefits for aviation training, and links to more VA resources.

Check out our new GI-Bill flight training page.

Earn A Private Pilot License Fast – First Landings Aviation

Friday, April 20th, 2012

student pilot and instructorAre you ready now to get your pilots license? Don’t want to wait months or years? Are you from another country, or state where weather, fuel costs, and availability make it difficult and expensive to get your license in a timely manner? If this sounds like you situation, then First Landings Aviation’s all inclusive, accelerated pilot training program may be a good choice. The U.S. military has been using immersion training for years with great success. Come to Florida where the weather is almost always flyable. Fly 2-3 hours per day with a dedicated aircraft and instructor. Stay at one of the many local hotels. Leave with your license, ready to fly.

Why Accelerated Training Vs. Self-Paced Flight Instruction?

Advantages to accelerated training are:

  • You can be done in a short period of time.
  • The short time span and focused training eliminates “rust” and the need to “relearn”… things that may happen if you have long layoffs between flights in a self-paced program. The more often you fly, the better and more confident you are.
  • If you live in a country where it’s difficult to find safe, certified, high quality instruction, come and fly with us, and have your license in no time at all. You can literally save weeks, months, or even years in training as well as a tremendous amount of money.

Click here to learn more about First Landings Aviation and its training programs

New Professional Flight Training Program At National Aviation Academy

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

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National Aviation Academy (NAA) announced its new Professional Pilot Technology (PPT) program this week. The new program is offered at NAA’s Clearwater Beach, Florida location and focuses on preparing pilots for airline, corporate, or professional flight instructor postions.

The central focus of NAA’s PPT program is gainful employment in the aviation industry. Students selected for NAA’s PPT program can go from 0 flight experience to a candidate well prepared for the regional airline industry. The 19-month PPT program consist of 2,828 hours of instruction with 400-500 actual aircraft flight hours, which is more than many other training centers offer.

Candidates who complete the program will graduate with all of the following ratings and certificates:

  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial (Single Engine)
  • Commercial (Multi Engine)
  • Certified Flight Instructor – CFI
  • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument – CFII
  • Multi Engine Instructor – MEI

NAA is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 141 Pilot School. NAA offers a comprehensive academic education through ground school, flight simulation labs and aircraft flight experience.

Learn more about NAA’s Professional Pilot Technology program

Boeing Forecasts Need For 1 Million New Pilots and Mechanics

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
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Boeing says the aviation industry will need over 1 million new pilots and technicians over the next 20 years. Will you be ready? Photo courtesy of Brandon Farris

ORLANDO, Fla., April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) called today on the aviation industry to transform aviation training for the next generation of commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians. At the World Aviation Training Symposium in Orlando, Fla., Mike Carriker, Boeing Test & Evaluation chief pilot for New Airplane Development, focused on training future aviation personnel to their fullest potential to maximize the capabilities of today’s high technology airplanes.

“In my 25-year flying career – spanning military and commercial aircraft – there has been little change in training. Yet aircraft and teaching technologies have evolved exponentially,” Carriker said. “We must make use of modern technology and focus our training efforts on equipping pilots and technicians with the knowledge to make the right decisions for the best, most efficient global transportation system.”

Carriker called for reducing classroom training times and urged an industry transition from memorization-style training to competency-based training. He urged representatives of the aviation training industry to leverage the capabilities of today’s advanced airplane systems. “We need to make these changes today to reestablish the aviation industry an attractive career option. We need to bring back the magic of flying.”

In its annual Pilot and Technician Outlook, Boeing forecasts a need for more than one million new pilots and technicians over the next twenty years.

Boeing offers a comprehensive portfolio of commercial aviation services, collectively known as the Boeing Edge, bringing value and advantages to customers and the industry. Boeing Flight Services provides integrated offerings to drive optimized performance, efficiency and safety through advanced flight and maintenance training as well as improved air traffic management and 24/7 flight operations support. Flight Services provides digital tools and data to enhance overall operations, airport infrastructure, fuel efficiency, flight planning, navigation and scheduling.

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Possibilities in Aviation Grow as Fuel Technology Advances

Monday, April 16th, 2012

If you love aviation and were wondering what possibilities aviation may bring to your future career, you don’t have to look very far. With the advancement of new fuel cell technologies, the possibilities in aviation engineering, UAV technology and fuel technology are here now.

On April 5, 2012, Insitu Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing, Inc. announced that its ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) successfully completed its first hydrogen-powered fuel cell flight during a two-and-a-half-hour flight test. The hydrogen-powered fuel cell solution was implemented as a modular upgrade to the runway-independent, expeditionary Group 2 ScanEagle UAS.

The collaboration between Insitu, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and United Technologies (UTC) took UTC’s 1500 Watt (2 HP) fuel cell and integrated it with NRL’s hydrogen fueling solution into a ScanEagle propulsion module. Then, in just three days, that propulsion module was fully integrated into the ScanEagle UAS at Insitu’s facilities in Bingen, Wash.

“Fuel cell technology contributes to Insitu’s goal of increasing reliability and reducing operating costs. Additional benefits of the technology are an increase in ScanEagle’s payload capacity and a simplification in support logistics,” said Insitu President and CEO Steve Morrow.

“We hit all expected performance targets, and data from the flight test will drive further system improvements,” added Insitu Chief Technology Officer Charlie Guthrie. Weight reduction will increase payload capacity and lower cost.

The approach used in the hydrogen-powered fuel cell solution costs a fraction of the cost of today’s gas and heavy fuel solutions in UAS. The solution also weighs less than traditional engines. Reducing aircraft weight increases payload capacity, so propulsion approaches like this will enable ScanEagle to carry more payload while reducing costs.

Check out all the listings for becoming a pilot, A&P mechanic, Avionics technician, UAV training and more:
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Aspiring Pilots Need To Know And Practice Airline SOPs

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
A Virgin America airliner climbing out

Photo courtesy of Brandon Farris

As airline pilots, we are directly responsible for, and are the final authority for, the operation of our aircraft. This includes the aircraft and everything in it, crew, passengers, and cargo. The Captain (Pilot in Command) has the final authority over all other assigned crew members from the time they report for duty until the termination of the flight. This also includes transportation to and from the layover facility. To those outside the airline industry, this may seem like an enormous amount of responsibility. It is, but fortunately, almost everything we do is covered in our Flight Operations Manual (FOM). This manual spells out the steps to be taken in a wide range of situations. Within the FOM, the normal operation of the aircraft is covered in the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

The SOPs are set up to cover every phase of a flight. These phases of flight include:

• Preflight
• Start
• Before Take Off
• Take Off
• Climb, Cruise, and Decent
• Approach
• Go Around and Landing
• Parking and Post Flight

Flow patterns are used by the Captain and First Officer to configure the aircraft systems for flight in an organized manner without the use of a checklist. These flow patterns a practiced over and over by pilots until they become part of our muscles memory. We almost instinctively are able to complete the required flow for a particular phase of flight. After the flows are complete, a checklist is used to recheck those items most critical to safe flight. Examples include: fuel on board, weight and balance, route of flight, flap setting for take off.

Standardized Training

The concept of Standardized Training as applied to aviation operations is the main reason why the safety record for airlines is so outstanding in this country. The process starts with the aircraft manufactures, mainly Boeing and Airbus. A set of operating procedures are developed by the manufacture for each model of aircraft. When an airline orders and takes delivery of the aircraft, they can choose to use the company procedures, or tailor them to suite their specific operation. Most airlines choose to use a variation of the manufacture’s procedures. In any case, the procedures adopted by the airline will be standard for all pilots flying that aircraft type.

Once a pilot completes the airline’s FAA approved training program, he/she is a competent member of the flight crew team. Two pilots that have never met are able to safely operate the aircraft in the highly complex Air Traffic Control system. Each pilot knows what to do and what to say at the appropriate time. Every action and verbal communication are the same.

Young pilots that aspire to a career with the airlines should seek out training programs that teach Standardized Training and Standard Operating procedures. Flows, checklists, and verbal callouts can be developed for single-engine trainers as well. These procedures can be used from your first flight to completion of your commercial rating. Your transition to the airlines will be that much easier with this training mindset.

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

New Programs for UAS Careers – Unmanned Vehicle University

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Unmanned Vehicle University logoTACOMA, WA (April 9, 2012) – Unmanned Vehicle University is the first University in the World to offer MS and PhD degrees in Unmanned Systems Engineering. Prepare your company or yourself for the coming explosion of unmanned systems in the UAS civil and commercial markets. Degrees are offered in Unmanned Air, Ground and Sea systems. Our expert instructors have an average of 25 years of experience. An unmanned vehicle is part of a system composed of the vehicle, communications, payload and a control station. A systems engineering approach is taken for higher education. Courses are taught online over a 12 week quarter. Graduates will enter the Unmanned Systems career field for roles in R&D, design, development, integration, test and operations. If you just want to learn UAV basics and understand the issues for take the Executive Certificate course in Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles.

The Executive certificate class to teach the basics of UAVs starts May 9, 2012 and degree programs start June 11, 2012.  All classes taught online. To register for a course call 206-787-2807. Visit for more information.

Dr (Col Ret) Jerry LeMieux
, Executive Director, 

Unmanned Vehicle University is the first University in the World dedicated to unmanned education. Graduate courses in Unmanned Air, Ground or Sea Systems Engineering are offered on a quarterly basis. The offices are at 917 Pacific Ave, Suite 206, Tacoma, WA 98402. An Executive certificate course is available to teach UAV basics. Three day short courses are offered on site and offsite. Visit for more information. To register call 206-787-2807.