Archive for December, 2012

Upper Limit Aviation | Crystal Frisby | Turbine Transition Program

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

I am a student on the Post 9/11 GI Bill at Upper Limit Aviation.  I passed my instrument check ride on November 9th and finished my turbine transition in a Bell 206 B3 last week.   Thanks to the GI Bill, I will fly the Bell for the 115 hour duration of my commercial training.  The Class Bravo airspace, mountainous terrain, high altitude and turbine availability creates a rich and challenging training environment that will definitely help prepare me for the real world challenges ahead.

I love flying the Bell!  The whine of the compressor as I start up is far more thrilling than the rough cough of a reciprocating engine.  For the first few hours, I suffered from what I call the “weave and bop”.  In other words, the oscillations that occur due to over-controlling  the aircraft while attempting to hover.  One cause of my over-controlling was adjusting to a traditional cyclic as opposed to the awkward t-bar cyclic in a Robinson.  After a bit of experimentation, I found that holding the bottom of the cyclic grip while resting my forearm on my thigh and supporting the cyclic with my knee provided the greatest feeling of stability.  Furthermore, I also had to adjust to the greater amount of travel in the pedals.  Initially when picking up I was yawing  right.  Leading with a bit more left pedal fixed that.

I will begin fulfilling my cross country requirements in the next week or so.  Please check back for more updates and log on to Upper Limit’s website for information on flight training and the Post 9/11 GI Bill.  Happy Holidays!


Upper Limit Aviation student Crystal Frisby

I did my turbine transition is this Bell 206, tail number N90301.

UAV Pilot Training – UVU Earns University License

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

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UAV Pilot Training update – Unmanned Vehicle University (UVU) received a university license from the Arizona State Board for Private Postseconday Education. The license grants UVU the authority to grant Doctorate and Master’s Degrees in Unmanned (Air/Ground/Sea/Space) Systems Engineering. A Certificate in Unmanned Systems Project Management is also available for Undergraduates. “This milestone in the school’s history validates our curricula and courses as a viable path toward high-paying jobs as program/project managers, systems engineers and researchers in the unmanned systems career field” said UVU President Dr. Jerry LeMieux, adding “we will continue to create innovative ways to educate our students though our distance education programs” .

UVU is the first University in the World dedicated to education and training in unmanned air, ground, sea and space systems, and offers UAV pilot training at several locations in the U.S. Master of Science and Doctorate degrees are offered in Unmanned Systems Engineering through an online curriculum. The school also offers technical training in unmanned systems through online Executive Certificate Courses and three day short courses. UVU recently published a textbook on unmanned systems, Introduction to Unmanned Systems: Air, Ground, Sea and Space, Technologies and Commercial Applications. The book is available at

Visit Unmanned Vehicle University’s featured school page to learn more and contact the school for more information.

Three Reasons to Consider Civilian UAV Pilot Training

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
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Civilian use of UAS and civilian UAV pilot training are two of the newest and fastest growing sectors in all of aviation. With their huge success in the hands of the military, UAVs are experiencing a golden age reminiscent of the founding days of powered flight.

In our new article UAV Pilot Training: Three Reasons A Civilian UAV Training Program Should Be In Your Future we discuss three reasons you might want to consider a civilian UAV program. If you enjoy working with new technology or you’d like to be ahead of the game, civilian UAV pilot training is something you should consider. The following sample is just a portion of the article, be sure to click through to read the whole thing:

Among some of those early development were attempts at creating UAVs. Some were marginally successful, but it wasn’t until the last few decades that UAVs really became viable. Their development has been predominantly focused on military applications until recently when civilian applications became very attractive. Much like aviation’s golden age, UAVs have reached a critical point in their development where demand for civilian use is dictating development of regulations and pilots… read more >>

Click here to locate civilian UAV pilot training near you.

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Helicopter Pilot Scholarships Still Up For Grabs

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Flght training scholarships imageWith less than 17 weeks to go until Helicentre Aviation’s Professional Pilot scholarships application process comes to a close, the company is sending out a global message to potential candidates that there is still time to apply. Incredibly, despite receiving over 900 registrations of interest, not a single complete application form has been received for either of the two scholarships which hold a combined value of around £67,000. “When we announced the scholarships almost a year ago we thought we’d be inundated with applicants” says Captain Chris Line, the company’s Chairman. “We are looking for two motivated people who deserve a career break – we’re really excited about the awarding the scholarships and creating an opportunity for these pilots to start their real-world helicopter industry careers with Helicentre Aviation”.

Helicentre logoThe commercial pilot scholarship is the most valuable and unique opportunity, as it will allow one private pilot who graduates from Helicentre’s PPL(H) course before 31st March 2013 to get their hour building, commercial theoretical knowledge course and modular flying course paid for in full with no requirement to pay back any of the training provided. This scale of this opportunity is unheard of in the industry, and whilst for a motivated and committed ab-initio student, the time remaining is ample to complete a PPL(H) course, this really is a final call to get started given the short days and unpredictable weather. Serious candidates are advised to get in touch with the company as soon as possible.

The second scholarship, which is for a fully funded flight instructor rating, requires the applicant to complete their CPL(H) modular flying course before the end of March. Again, places are limited and pilots who are ready to commence their CPL course are urged to get in touch straight away as there will likely be an opportunity for the scholarship winner to land an full time instructing position as well as getting their FI(H) course paid for. Helicentre Aviation have delivered more than 20 instructor courses in the last two years and are always on the lookout for new instructors to join the team. For more information and a full list of FAQs please refer to the dedicated website

For further information please contact Captain Sarah Bowen,
Managing Director and Chief Pilot
Telephone : +44 (0)116 259 0186
e-mail :

3 Ways Veterans Can Jumpstart An Aviation Mechanic Career

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Thanks to updated veterans’ benefit programs, veterans considering a career as an aviation mechanic have a potentially substantial source of financing available to jumpstart their career.

In our new article Using Veterans Benefits To Pay For Aviation Mechanic Training: Three Ways Your Benefits Can Help Get Your Career Started we discuss some of the major changes in GI Bill benefits and how you can use them to bankroll your aviation maintenance training. The following is just a sample of the article, be sure to click through to read the whole thing:

Since both the schools and individual programs must be granted VA approval, most schools have a VA representative who is very familiar with the system and how to maximize your benefits. This representative will be able to manage your paperwork and allow you to focus on your aviation mechanic training. The courses will be structured well and paced so that you can get the most out of your veteran’s benefits.

In all, while the requirements can seem confusing, veterans benefits are one of the greatest sources of funding available for aviation mechanics training… read more >>

Click here to locate aviation maintenance training near you.

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Helicopter Flight Schools – Consider These 5 Things Before Starting

Saturday, December 1st, 2012
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If you’ve been looking at helicopter flight schools, our recent article offers five things you should consider before you start your helicopter flight training.

In our new article Helicopter Flight Training: Five Things to Consider When Looking at Helicopter Flight Schools we offer insight into selecting a good helicopter flight school. From establishing your eligibility to developing a budget and considering aircraft, our new article will help you get started on the right foot. The following is just a taste, be sure to click through to read the whole thing:

The very first thing you need to know is whether you are eligible for at least a student pilot certificate and what it will take to get your private pilot certificate. Thankfully, the FAA has strict requirements that must be met and they don’t keep them a secret. It is important that you understand any possible limitations you may experience early in the process. In general, you must be at least 16 years old, be able to read, speak and understand English, and hold at least a current third-class medical certificate. A medical examination at a qualified aviation medical examiner will provide you with both a medical certificate and student pilot certificate. While a student pilot certificate is not required for training with an instructor, you must have one for solo training flights and it is recommended you see the medical examiner as early in your training as possible in case any complications should arise…read more >>

Click here to locate helicopter flight schools near you.

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