Archive for October, 2012

Crystal Frisby | Instrument Helicopter Student | ULA

Monday, October 29th, 2012

A beautiful sky during my instrument helicopter preflight this morning at KSLC.  I am an instrument student with my check ride right around the corner.  This morning’s flight went well.  Holds and airspeed/altitude management is getting better and better.

instrument helicopter training - spotlight on the ramp

Upper Limit ramp. Spot 38 at Salt Lake International.

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Helicopter Pilot Training in Arkansas Upper Limit Aviation Partners with MSCC

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Mid-South Community College - Upper Limit Aviation

ULA partners with MSCC

Upper Limit Aviation (ULA) announces a new partnership with Mid-South Community College (MSCC), located in West Memphis, Arkansas to offer helicopter pilot training in Arkansas (rotorcraft) and fixed-wing flight training. Starting in January 2013 ULA will open its second helicopter training school through a unique partnership with MSCC. Upper Limit Aviation is an FAA approved Part 141 pilot school, accredited by ACCSC and approved by the Veterans Administration.  Call us at 855-HELIEDU.

ULA is approved by the VA for Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Mid-South Community College, partnered with ULA, is currently the only college program in the State of Arkansas for rotorcraft.  ULA and MSCC offering VA approved courses for both helicopters and fixed-wing flight training. VA Benefits are available under Chapters 30, 31, 33, 1606 and 1607. ULA’s FAR Part 141 certificates, including its special curricula courses, have also been approved by the Veterans Administration.

VA benefits, for those who qualify, include Private Pilot to CFII under Chapter 33 (post 9/11 GI Bill), or Instrument to CFII under Chapter 30. Additionally, if a student has exhausted their current Chapter 30 benefits they may be eligible to enroll in MSCC, receiving another 12 months of benefits under Chapter 33.

For more information on the use of VA benefits and coverage, visit: For your eligibility status, please visit:

When enrolling through MSCC, ULA students have the ability to enroll in the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in “Professional Pilot“.  This allows the student to become eligible for financial aid, federal funding, GI Bill Benefits, scholarships, and grants.

 Mid-South Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (800) 621-7440.


Through our commitment to the integrity of standardized helicopter training, we cultivate an environment of involvement, camaraderie and dialogue. While providing consistent curricula, our instructors are taught to progress with advanced courses and techniques. We work within the aviation industry to determine the skill sets required for students to succeed in a highly competitive market. By providing a safe and dynamic learning environment, our students gain the understanding that their success is our success. ULA is dedicated to producing skilled, knowledgeable helicopter pilots equipped to support the needs of the aviation industry.

Mid-South Community College

Mid-South Community College, a dynamic and innovative institution committed to student success and economic development. Located in West Memphis, Arkansas, just minutes from the amenities of metropolitan Memphis, TN. Mid-South Community College is a public two-year institution of higher education with an open-door admission policy, serving Crittenden County, Arkansas, and the surrounding areas with a comprehensive educational program.

Mid-South CC is committed to economic development in the Arkansas Delta through the provision of high quality, affordable, and convenient learning opportunities and services consistent with identified student, community, and regional needs.

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Mid-South Community College

2000 West Broadway
, West Memphis, AR 72301

Main – 870.733.6722


Free – 866.733.6722

Recalled Airline Pilots Face Tough Re-Evaluation Interviews

Thursday, October 18th, 2012
commuter turbopropBy Angie Marshall, Cage Consulting

Several airlines are in the process of  ‘calling back’ airline pilots who were hired several years ago but never given a class-date.  That means it is now time for the often misunderstood and neglected Re-Evaluation Interview.

Many things can change in a few months, much less a few years. Your potential employer will review your qualifications—both personally and professionally—in order to remain confident that you are still the right person for the job.

The first rule of interviewing remains true for the Re-Eval Interview: it is your responsibility to present your information in the clearest manner possible.

Towards this goal take the time to review:


  • How much time have you flown since your last interview?
  • If you have NOT flown, what is your reason?
  • If you have any problems with check rides since your initial interview you must be able to explain the problem and why it occurred. It may also be necessary to provide a written addendum (written explanation about the reasons and outcome of the check ride).
  • Be able to list your job titles/dates of employment for the jobs you have held (especially) since your initial interview.
  • If you have been unemployed, be able to clearly explain the circumstances.
  • If you had an opportunity to upgrade BUT DID NOT, you must be ready to explain why you passed on the opportunity.
  • If you received a driving violation, FAA accident/incident/violations, job suspension or termination or any other ‘negative’ in your life you must be ready to explain the situation to the employer.
  • One-hour basic brush-up.
  • Assistance with preparing addenda for Special Concerns.





A Re-Evaluation Interview (or any interview for that matter) is not the time to discuss the difficulties and unfairness of your work situation. Everyone has their story but if you use this venue to vent you will find yourself without a job offer!

REMEMBER! Every person you come in contact with during your pre-employment process could have input into the hiring decision. Be clear, be courteous and be kind to everyone. Good luck!

Cage Consulting Re-Evaluation Interview Prep Services

Cheryl Cage & Angie Marshall
Cage Consulting, Inc.

Hour Building – A New Endorsement or Rating May Be The Answer

Monday, October 15th, 2012

If your flying goals require some hour building, we’ve got a few ideas that will not only make your time building fun, but add skills, knowledge, and endorsements and ratings to your logbook.

Our new article Flight Training: Quick Courses For Building Time explores some of the flight training courses you can complete quickly and for less money than advanced ratings, namely the tailwheel endorsement, high performance/complex endorsement, and the seaplane rating. Here’s just a sample of the article. Be sure to click through to read the whole thing:

For the most part flight training consists of active training, where you are flying with an instructor and learning, and time-building, otherwise known as “practicing” or building experience. The thing is, sometimes having a short term goal in mind, like a new rating, helps you stay motivated. While there are many ratings and certificates that take a lot of time to complete, there are three that you can easily complete in a few flight hours: tail-wheel endorsement, complex/high-performance endorsement, and a seaplane rating.

If you’re looking to add a little spice to your time-building, it is hard to beat any of these three courses. They are quick and affordable ways to build time while feeling like you’re accomplishing more than just turning aviation fuel into noise. Not to mention they expand your abilities and grant you access to more types of aircraft for your piloting enjoyment… read more >>

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You’re A New Private Pilot… Now What?

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

If you’re like most of us, you’ll probably work your tail off (and have a great time) earning your Private Pilot License. It’s a challenging task and there’s nothing quite like it in the world. But once you’ve taken your checkride and have your license, what next?

We’ve got some ideas on what to do next, and you can find them in our latest article, Learning To Fly: You’re A Private Pilot, Now What? Here’s a sample of what we recommend. Be sure to read the whole article (link below).

As much information as there is available to student pilots during training, it can seem like once you get your private pilot certificate you’re on your own. During training there’s a plan;you’ve got to get x,y, and z done so you can pass your exam. You’re not alone if you reached the summit and you found yourself asking, “Now what?”

Our list should keep you occupied for at least a few years, but if you run out of ideas, join a local pilot club and see what they have to offer. Whatever you do, stay active and keep learning… read more >>

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Are Local Flight Schools The Best Place To Train?

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Lockheed electra engineMany of our visitors want to know where to get their flight training, and most are surprised that sometimes the best option might be “right in your backyard”. Sure, the larger flight academies offer aspiring commercial pilots a lot of benefits, but for many others, staying local is a viable option and can help control many of the variable factors involved in earning a pilot’s license and additional ratings.

Our latest article, Choosing A Flight School: Three Reasons To Stay Local explores some of the reasons training at your local airport may be the best answer for you. Here’s a sneak peak…

If flight training in an area that is familiar, convenient, and less costly up front are important aspects of your ideal flight training environment, you needn’t go too far from home. Your local airport is just the place to start your flight training today.

Not long after the earliest days of aviation, people began flocking to their local field for flying lessons. Airports and aircraft may have changed quite a lot since then, but one thing remains the same: your local airport is a great place to complete your flight training. Familiarity, convenience, and lower costs up front combine to create an ideal training environment only a short drive from home… read more >>

Locate flight schools near you here

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How To Turn Your RC Airplane Into A UAV

Saturday, October 6th, 2012
By Jose Lozano

One of the greatest experiences while flying in an airplane or helicopter is to see the world from above. In general the view is amazing. This bird’s eye view is also attainable with your RC airplane (remote controlled airplane), a small camera, and your desire to have fun. Sound like something from the future?


UAVs have actually been around since 1916 when A. M. Low designed an “aerial target” drone. A number of advances followed in the remote

control arena up to 1959, when the U.S. Air Force, concerned about losing pilots in hostile territory, began to plan the use of UAVs for flights. In 1972, General John C. Meyer, commander in chief of the Strategic Air Command, stated “we let the drone do the high-risk flying. The loss rate is high, but we are willing to risk more of them. They save lives!”*

Today these UAVs or drones, as they are commonly called, have a variety of applications for military and civil organizations. State-of-the-art drones are more than just a remote control airplane with an attached camera. In fact, some of these UAVs are self-piloted, and, depending on the type of mission assigned, can make decisions based on their primary objectives which can include simple surveillance, search and rescue, and targeting and weapons delivery in military theaters.

Aerial ViewOperating UAVs in the U.S.A.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles can be used for recreational purposes below 400 feet above the ground. You can attach a small camera to the aircraft and video your flights. An even better option, if you have the budget, is to get a camera that can transmit the image live to your computer while flying. You will feel like you are on a special mission! To operate an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for business purposes in the United States, users must obtain a Certificate of Authorization (COA) to operate in national airspace; the certificate must be granted by a public entity such a university as a sponsor.

Safety First

It is important to make sure that all the parts of your “UAV” are firmly assembled and secured. You will be adding weight with the camera so make sure that the camera is properly attached to the aircraft and take the center of gravity into account.

RC Airplane and Camera Awareness

Since you now have a camera attached to your aircraft, you need to be aware that you have added additional weight and drag to your machine. You may not be able to perform all of the same maneuvers as without the camera. Also, be sure not to over stress your airframe. This is all dependent on the size and shape of the camera as well as the mounting location; be sure to test your aircraft flight characteristics for the first few minutes to avoid damaging your UAV or causing damage or injury on the ground.

Have fun while doing it

The best way to get started is to buy a small camera that can be placed as close as possible to the center of the airplane. Also with a RC 3.5 channel Helicopter or Jolly Roger F-18 you could get amazing videos. Just make sure the camera is properly attached and secured.

Your RC airplane experience will totally change once you are accustomed to flying with a camera. Eventually you will be able to see through the camera, and who knows, you could be a pioneer in this area or make money with your videos. Remember, this is how it all started for UAVs; someone with great initiative attached a camera to an RC airplane or helicopter and from there it evolved to the technology we see today. To your flight success!

Jose Lozano

Jose Lozano

About the author: Jose Lozano is an online entrepreneur and engineer with a passion for flying objects. At the age of ten he got his first RC airplane and that changed his life. Recently Jose started a blog at where he shares relevant information about these fascinating toys.

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Learning To Fly – What Type Of Flying Is Right For You?

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Twin-engine-silhouette photoBy 

Once you’ve decided to learn to fly, you’ll quickly learn that flying can be divided into many categories. We find that most aspiring pilots fall into one or more of the categories described in detail in our latest article, Learning To Fly – What Are My Options?

The first step in earning any type of pilot license is starting Private Pilot training, but it’s not necessarily as simple as that. Your ultimate flying goal plays an important role in the type of school you choose, as well as the type and capability of the aircraft you will be flying.

Here’s a quick look at our article with links to read more and learn more:

No matter your intentions, learning to fly is exciting and imparts a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. Learning to fly is just the start of the adventure, too. Once you complete your training, you can slip off for a weekend in the islands or have lunch halfway across the country. The possibilities are virtually limitless.

You’re considering learning to fly, but you also don’t know much about it. You might be wondering what options are available or why you should learn to fly. To answer directly, there are three basic reasons to learn to fly… read more >>

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How To Choose A Flight School: Three Keys To Success

Monday, October 1st, 2012

So you want to earn your wings, right? All you need is a pocket full of money and the right flight school. But finding that flight school is not as easy as it sounds (neither is the pocket full o’ money!).

Check out our latest article, How To Choose A Flight School: Three Keys To Success to learn more about the process. Here’s an excerpt:

On the surface, choosing a flight training school seems simple–you just pick one–but if you take your goals and budget into consideration, you can really improve your odds of flight training success. Just bear in mind, while choosing a good flight school is important, don’t be so worried you’ll make a mistake that you can’t choose; you can always switch to a different flight school later.

It may seem like a simple decision, but choosing a flight school is one of the most important elements of successful flight training. If you just toss a coin or randomly pick a school, you may be inadvertently complicating your training. While it is unlikely that you would stumble into a truly bad flight school, it is very easy to walk into a school that isn’t a good match for you. It is important that you consider your flight training goals, budget, and make sure you are looking at good programs… read more >>

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