Archive for June, 2013

Sport Pilot Training: Why Consider A Sport Pilot Certificate?

Monday, June 24th, 2013
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If you’re just starting out learning to fly, you might be considering a sport pilot certificate and chances are you’re not sure whether it’s right for you. If that sounds about right, we’ve got a few reasons you should go for a sport pilot certificate no matter your goals.

In our new article Sport Pilot Training: Three Reasons To Consider A Sport Pilot Certificate we discuss three reasons sport pilot training is great for every new pilot, such as lower cost and getting a certificate faster. The following is just a part of the article, click through to read it all:

One of the areas where the sport pilot certificate is obviously more restricted than a private pilot certificate is aircraft. Sport pilots are only allowed to fly light sport aircraft, or LSA, which are aircraft that meet a certain standard. Generally, the standard is an aircraft less than 1320 pounds gross weight, with only two seats, and a maximum speed of less than 120 knots. There are several other restrictions, but generally it isn’t a mystery whether a plane is an LSA or not.

There are two major categories of LSA: purpose-built LSA, like the Remos GX or Icon A5, and legacy LSA, like the Piper Cub or Aeronca Champ. These two categories of LSA are very different, but offer interesting perks. The purpose-built LSA tend to be sleek and modern looking and they sport cockpits stuffed with the latest technology. They don’t carry quite the cost of traditional aircraft, like the Cessna 182, but they aren’t cheap either. The appeal is that you can gain proficiency with glass panel avionics, GPS and autopilots more affordably than a private pilot. If expense is your primary concern, the legacy LSA will be helpful…read more >>

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Sport Pilot Aircraft – What Makes a Light Sport Aircraft Different?
Sport Pilot Training – Four Perks of Learning to Fly Light Sport
Learn to Fly Light Sport – Three Reasons To Start Your Training in an LSA

Instrument Rating Training: Selecting the Right School

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
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If you’re considering instrument rating training, selecting the right program is essential to your success. Before you commit, there are several questions you should ask that will help you not only find the best instrument rating course, but also ensure you gain the skills and knowledge you require during your training.

In our new article Instrument Rating Training: Three Questions to Ask we discuss three questions that you must answer in order to find the best instrument rating training for you, such as what type aircraft you will fly and whether the school allows flight in actual IMC. Here’s a sample of the article, be sure to click through to read the whole thing:

Another thing to ask is whether you will do any flights at night. Night flying is a required element of the private pilot test standards, but it is not required for an instrument rating. This is unfortunate, because as you may know, it is quite different from flying during the day. You never know when you might need to fly on instruments at night and having the added security of a flight instructor while you learn is much preferable to learning it on your own when you get caught out after dark.

Finding the answer to these three questions should provide you with all the information you need to find a great instrument rating training program that will serve you well. A good program that offers the right aircraft, provides for currency by allowing you to fly into real IMC and offers night instrument training will provide you with a very solid foundation of instrument flying skills…read more >>

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Related Articles:

Getting an Instrument Rating – Three Perks of Learning to Fly on Instruments
Instrument Rating Training – Three Reasons You Should Fly IFR
Get an Instrument Rating – Three Benefits Of Instrument Rating Training

How the AStar is Important to the Helicopter Industry

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

The Importance of the AStar to the Helicopter Industry

How the AStar is Important to the Helicopter IndustryBecause change happens so slowly among helicopters, the AStar represents an important milestone in the helicopter aviation industry. We all know that helicopters may not change in significant ways over the course of several product generations. That the essential components and equipment may remain the same for a long time. A recent Bell 206 is not going to fly all that differently from an older Bell, especially to a new pilot.
But the AStar came and it made a few profound differences. For these reasons and more, Upper Limit Aviation has added an AStar to the training fleet at its Cedar City, UT campus.

The Eurocopter AStar is a World-Record Holding Helicopter

The fact that the AStar has set a few world records is a big deal in aviation circles. Landing on Mt. Everest (elevation 29,030 ft) on May 14th of 2005 was a significant milestone. The AStar is built for high altitudes and boy did they ever prove it on that day. The AStar added another notch to its belt when it was used to rescue three alpinists stranded at 26,545 feet on Annapurna 1 in Nepal. It summitted not once, but three times in order to rescue the alpinists. In other words, this is one seriously high-performance helicopter.

Beyond all of the high-flying impressive feats though, the essential truth of the AStar is that it represents a pinnacle achievement that transcends mountaintops. It is acknowledged to be the best performing helicopter in its category. It is agreed that the Astar outclasses the competition on versatility, safety and competitive acquisition and maintenance costs. The reduced pilot workload and enhanced maneuverability have made the AStar a big victory for pilots and the aviation industry alike.

To learn more about how the AStar will provide a transformative training experience for professional pilot students at Upper Limit Aviation’s Southern Utah University affiliated campus in Cedar City, UT, call 1-855-HELIEDU.

ULA is a Flight Training Leader

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Upper Limit Aviation is on the Cutting Edge of Flight Training

ULA is on the Cutting Edge of Flight TrainingIt is important to remember that aviation is a technology-driven business. Much like other industries that we more traditionally associate with technology, aviation is driven by highly skilled people, both on the engineering side, and on the pilot side. But at the end of the day, a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft is still just a really big machine that must be carefully operated by a man or woman who knows what they are doing. Upper Limit Aviation is a flight training program with three campuses that can offer cutting edge training to help professional pilots become masters in the cockpit, whether in a helicopter or in a fixed-wing aircraft.

The machinery used in helicopter and fixed-wing aviation is highly iterative. That is to say that the changes that happen from generation to generation of aircraft may appear to be on the microscopic order to the casual observer. Industry observers and pilots, of course, see it differently, with each small difference possibly signifying a massive overhaul in the way equipment runs. But it is not uncommon for an aircraft to be in wide-use for more than twenty years. Many pilots learn how to fly in helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft that have been in use for many years. Generations of aircraft do not change like cars do, year-to-year. This is mostly due to the expense that would be involved in continually updating and manufacturing aircraft, as well as the limited sales potential if the differences were only slight.

Upper Limit Aviation is Embracing a New Generation of Aircraft

When change comes, it does tend to come all at once. For many years, the Bell 206 helicopter has been the industry standard for a variety of applications. Over the last few years it has become apparent that the industry was undergoing a shift. That is why Upper Limit Aviation has seized the initiative and added the Eurocopter AStar to its training fleet at our Cedar City, UT campus. The demand for this aircraft is increasing each year in the industry, but pilots have few opportunities to train in it. Upper Limit Aviation is proud to be on the cutting edge of aviation flight training.

To learn more about cutting edge steps being taken by Upper Limit Aviation’s flight training program, call 1-855-HELIEDU.

ULA Students Can Add a Bachelor’s Degree

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Professional Pilot Students Can Add a Bachelor’s Degree

ULA Students Can Add a Bachelor's DegreeUpper Limit Aviation knows that the best way to help students reach the apex of their potential, we must create extra opportunities for students to perform with excellence. Upper Limit Aviation has a reputation for providing top notch flight training. However, in the current highly competitive job market, the best training is not always a guarantee of the best success. We feel that by giving students the chance to pursue an educational foundation to support their high caliber helicopter or fixed wing training, we are offering them an irrefutable benefit over many other professional pilot student graduates. Students that attend our program at Southern Utah University will have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree while concurrently enrolled at Upper Limit Aviation.

A Bachelor’s Degree Will Help Professional Pilots Achieve Success

The aviation industry has reached a point of expansion that can best be summed up by the simple fact that there are now more jobs available than there are well trained pilots to fly them. This fact will benefit all new pilots. What remains to be decided is who will get the best jobs. All new pilots should be able to find work in today’s aviation economy, but the best careers will go to the pilots who are able to distinguish themselves. To that end, Upper Limit Aviation is confident that we are providing remarkable training to our professional pilot students. Another way that we feel students may feel compelled to distinguish themselves is through the educational refinement offered by attending one of our partner schools. Students attending Southern Utah University who simultaneously earn a bachelor’s degree will be one step closer to the top jobs in this industry.

To find out more about how Upper Limit Aviation can help professional pilots maximize, and then realize, their full potential for fulfillment and success, call 1-855-HELIEDU.

Reasons Pilots Should Pursue an Associates Degree

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Why Professional Pilots Should Pursue An Associate Degree

Reasons Pilots Should Pursue an Associates DegreeThere are many reasons why Upper Limit Aviation feels that professional pilot students will benefit from earning an associate degree while concurrently enrolled in our program and one of our partner schools. Today’s job market is ultra-competitive. We pride ourselves on the fact that we offer what we feel is the best flight training our students can obtain, but that doesn’t mean that we feel our excellent caliber of training cannot be greatly enhanced by the attainment of other qualifications, such as an associate degree. Upper Limit Aviation wants our professional pilot students to achieve the best success possible throughout their careers.

A college degree has long been one of the ways that employers screen the qualifications of their employees. Imagine that two professional pilots are applying for the same job. Their backgrounds are very similar, and they both received the same flight training. The only significant difference between them is that one has an associate degree and the other does not. It’s not hard to imagine which pilot employers may find to be the more ideal candidate for the position they’re trying to fill.

Upper Limit Aviation Professional Pilot Students Pursuing Associate Degrees

Upper Limit Aviation believes that a good pilot is made by the quality of his training, and we feel that the best training takes place when students can utilize a multi-disciplinarian approach that incorporates comprehensive flight knowledge, practical cockpit experience, a deep understanding of the mechanics of flight, and ideally, all of this should be supported by an educational foundation, such as the type offered by one of our partner schools. Doing this will benefit students who wish to have a competitive edge over their peers.

While there is an unprecedented number of opportunities available to today’s new pilots, the top jobs will go to the most qualified applicants. Doing whatever you can to ensure that you will be the top pilot an employer considers is essential attaining the highest level of success, and Upper Limit Aviation is proud to help our students reach that level of excellence.

Call 1-855-HELIEDU to find out how Upper Limit Aviation can help you maximize your potential to become a high achieving, college graduate professional pilot.

The Importance of High-Altitude Training

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

High-Altitude Training is Important for Today’s Pilots

The Importance of High-Altitude TrainingBeing a well-rounded pilot necessitates undertaking what some flight training programs would consider to be ‘extra’ training, such as that done at a high altitude. High-altitude flight training will come in handy when it comes time to perform to the highest degree within many aviation careers. Most aviation careers are multi-faceted. You won’t find many permanent flight scenarios in most careers. You will be expected to fly comfortably, safely and confidently over a variety of terrains and at a range of altitudes. Furthermore, better training will allow you extended mobility when you are looking for a job or considering an industry change.

Upper Limit Aviation, a flight training program with campuses in West Memphis, AR, Salt Lake City, UT and Cedar City, UT, provides a training platform that focuses on imparting a comprehensive balance of aviation knowledge, practical flight experience, a deep understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of flight, and knowledge of the practices necessary to seek a career and exhibit masterful job performance. In order to accomplish that objective, Upper Limit Aviation has demonstrated that it understands that otherwise ‘extra’ components such as high-altitude flight training, when possible, should be folded into the conventional training experience.

The Upper Limit Aviation Approach to High-Altitude Flight Training

Upper Limit Aviation’s newly formed partnership with Southern Utah University, located in Cedar City, UT, has offered a tremendous new opportunity for ULA students to obtain high-altitude flight training without having to spend unnecessary time and money beyond what would be required. Upper Limit Aviation seeks to offer its students the best training possible, by designing the best programs that can be devised to offer students the most value-added, expert-level flight training, including high-altitude flight training, that can be offered.

To learn more about how Upper Limit Aviation can help you become a professional pilot, including high-altitude flight training, call 1-855-HELIEDU.

Careers with Fixed-Wing Aircraft

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Fixed-Wing Airline Pilot Careers

Careers with Fixed-Wing AircraftThere are many reasons that today’s pilots decide to become a pilot. Nearly all of us can remember staring up into the sky as children, and seeing the contrails disperse and fade behind the plane as it progressed across our field of vision. And then we can nearly all recall that first flight that sealed the deal. The magic of being on an airplane. Traversing impossible distances in impossibly short amounts of time. And you remember seeing the pilot. He or she looked as if he was endowed with some magical power. And for many pilots, that was the moment our fate was sealed. Upper Limit Aviation can offer flight training that can help make your childhood dream of becoming an airline pilot of fixed-wing aircraft into a reality.

Airline pilots of fixed-wing aircraft have great careers. The opportunity to fly regularly, coupled with the chance to work from a variety of airports and among a rotating staff is an enticing prospect for many pilots. The schedule is highly appealing to many pilots who relish the opportunity to stay home with their families for a few days between flights. There are many different types of airlines and so there are many different types of opportunities available to fixed-wing airline pilots.

Upper Limit Aviation is the First Stop on a Fixed-Wing Airline Pilots Itinerary

Upper Limit Aviation believes that the training a pilot receives will be the deciding factor in nearly all of the most important decisions he will have the chance to make throughout his career. That’s why we have designed a training program that combines all of the essential practical flight skills with a comprehensive instruction of flight knowledge and theory, producing well-rounded pilots who are able to thrive in any career. If you wish to be a fixed-wing airline pilot, you will absolutely need this well-rounded education.

To learn how to get started working towards your dream career of becoming a fixed-wing airline pilot, call Upper Limit Aviation at 1-855-HELIEDU.

Helicopter Careers in Oil and Gas Support

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Offshore Oil and Gas Support Helicopter Careers

Helicopter Careers in Oil and Gas SupportThere has never been a time quite like this before within the helicopter aviation industry. The sheer number of opportunities for great careers available to qualified helicopter pilots is astonishing when measured against what pilots a few decades ago could expect. The good news is that all of this growth is expected to continue, according to industry analysts, due to the changing infrastructure needs of many companies operating both domestically and abroad. There are helicopter career choices available to pilots interested in working in nearly all segments of the aviation industry.

Offshore oil and gas support has emerged as a reliable sector of particularly robust growth for pilots seeking interesting helicopter careers. Oil and gas exploration has increased dramatically both at home and in countries far away. Whether you would prefer to work in the Gulf of Mexico or the Persian Gulf, China or South America, there are many options for those seeking offshore oil and gas support helicopter careers.

Offshore Oil and Gas Support Helicopter Careers Start With Good Training

Upper Limit Aviation believes that we offer flight training to tomorrow’s pilots that can give them the knowledge and experience they need in order to get off to a sure start towards working within the career of their dreams. We train our pilots comprehensively, exhaustively covering all of the details necessary to perform in a huge range of job descriptions. We have a reputation for thoroughness and excellence that we believe is well-earned. We think that our helicopter pilot graduates, currently enjoying a 100% employment rate, would surely agree.

Come and benefit from our hard work by pursuing a helicopter career in offshore oil and gas support. Call 1-855-HELIEDU to find out how.

How Can I Become A Pilot in the UK?

Friday, June 14th, 2013

This guest post was contributed by the team at Go Fly Flying School, in Salisbury.

Pilots are responsible for the safe operation of a range of aircraft. There are three main types of commercial pilots:

  • Commercial airline pilots, who transport passengers and cargo
  • Corporate pilots, who fly private jets owned by wealthy individuals and large corporations
  • Military pilots, who defend the nation

Routes into these various sectors of aviation vary from country to country as most territories are governed by their own aviation board which sets out an individual set of criteria that they think are important to ensure that they produce high quality pilots.

One country with a particularly rich piloting tradition is the UK. Famous for its legendary RAF and the iconic Spitfire aircraft of World War 2, the UK has always produced a high calibre of pilots and these are the various ways that you could join their ranks:

Private Pilot Training

To become a private pilot, a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is required. Such a licence will enable you to fly almost anywhere in the world as a pilot in command, or co-pilot. However, you cannot receive payment for flying and you will be limited as to the type of aircraft you can fly.

To obtain a PPL, you will need to clock up a minimum of 45 hours’ flying time (in the UK) and pass theoretical examinations covering aviation laws, human performance and limitations, navigation, meteorology, flight performance and planning, aircraft general knowledge and flight principles, and radiotelephony. You can only acquire a PPL if you are aged 17 or over.

Initial Commercial Airline Pilot Training

To work as a first officer (co-pilot) of an airline, a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), or frozen Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL), is required. This is the minimum qualification accepted by commercial airlines and it enables you to fly an aircraft designed for commercial air transportation and receive payment for your services. If you wish to train for a frozen ATPL, it is advantageous to possess a PPL. You will receive a frozen ATPL when you successfully pass written theoretical examinations and clock up 200 hours of flight training. It is important to note that a frozen ATPL will not allow you to work as a pilot in command (captain).

Further Commercial Airline Pilot Training

To become a pilot in command (captain) of a commercial aircraft, a full ATPL is required. This is the highest commercial pilot licence available. You will gain a full ATPL when you have at least 1,500 hours of flying experience to your name (that would be over 62 days solid!), including 500 hours gained while working as a first officer (co-pilot) on a multi-pilot aircraft. You can only receive a full ATPL if you are aged 21 or over.

Finding a Suitable Training Provider

The following training providers can aid you in gaining the qualifications and skills required to work as a pilot:

  1. Private Training Schools – You can train at a training school that has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). However, you will have to meet the cost of this yourself.
  2. Military Schemes – If you wish to qualify as a pilot in the armed forces, you could join the Royal Air Force (RAF) and complete their generic Initial Officer Training before applying to enroll on their Elementary Flying Training (EFT) scheme. Alternatively, you could join the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy. Once you have qualified as a military pilot, you will be able to complete a conversion course that enables you to become a commercial pilot.
  3. Universities – Several universities offer prospective pilots with the chance to study for courses in air transportation and operations and obtain a frozen ATPL at the same time. You will need to pay for your tuition fees and flying training yourself. However, government loans may be available.
  4. Commercial Airline Scholarship Schemes – You could apply for a place on a trainee commercial pilot scholarship scheme with a commercial airline. However, entry to such schemes is highly competitive and it is advantageous to have obtained experience of flying prior to applying for scholarships.

Personal Qualities and Skills

While formal pilot training is a necessity, it is also essential to possess certain personal qualities and skills. To work as a pilot, you will require:

  • An ability to follow and provide instructions
  • Good teamwork skills
  • Excellent hand-to-eye coordination and spatial awareness
  • Map reading and 3D display interpretation skills
  • Confidence when using complex technology
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • An unflappable manner and a willingness to take charge in an emergency
  • Good eyesight and normal colour vision
  • Good hearing
  • A high standard of physical fitness

You will also require at least five GCSEs, including maths, English and science, and two A-levels or equivalent. University qualifications in maths, physics and aeronautical engineering are favourably looked upon. In addition, it is necessary for you to pass an extensive medical check and, where appropriate, fall within an airline’s height and weight boundaries.

Whether you choose to become a private or commercial pilot, you must be prepared to work extremely hard. Training to become a pilot is no simple undertaking, particularly when you have other commitments in life.