Archive for February, 2015

Press Release – DOT and FAA Propose New Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Press Release – DOT and FAA Propose New Rules for SmallFAA-Puma1 Unmanned Aircraft Systems

For Immediate Release

February 15, 2015
Contact: DOT Contact: Suzi Emmerling Phone: 202-365-1763 FAA Contact: Laura J Brown Phone: 202-359-3680

Regulations will facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system

WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.

The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits.

The proposed rule also includes extensive discussion of the possibility of an additional, more flexible framework for “micro” UAS under 4.4 pounds. The FAA is asking the public to comment on this possible classification to determine whether it should include this option as part of a final rule. The FAA is also asking for comment about how the agency can further leverage the UAS test site program and an upcoming UAS Center of Excellence to further spur innovation at “innovation zones.”

The public will be able to comment on the proposed regulation for 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register, which can be found  Separate from this proposal, the FAA intends to hold public meetings to discuss innovation and opportunities at the test sites and Center of Excellence.  These meetings will be announced in a future Federal Register notice.

“Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace and this milestone allows federal regulations and the use of our national airspace to evolve to safely accommodate innovation,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The proposed rule would require an operator to maintain visual line of sight of a small UAS. The rule would allow, but not require, an operator to work with a visual observer who would maintain constant visual contact with the aircraft. The operator would still need to be able to see the UAS with unaided vision (except for glasses). The FAA is asking for comments on whether the rules should permit operations beyond line of sight, and if so, what the appropriate limits should be.

“We have tried to be flexible in writing these rules,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We want to maintain today’s outstanding level of aviation safety without placing an undue regulatory burden on an emerging industry.”

Under the proposed rule, the person actually flying a small UAS would be an “operator.” An operator would have to be at least 17 years old, pass an aeronautical knowledge test and obtain an FAA UAS operator certificate. To maintain certification, the operator would have to pass the FAA knowledge tests every 24 months. A small UAS operator would not need any further private pilot certifications (i.e., a private pilot license or medical rating).

The new rule also proposes operating limitations designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground:

  • A small UAS operator must always see and avoid manned aircraft. If there is a risk of collision, the UAS operator must be the first to maneuver away.
  • The operator must discontinue the flight when continuing would pose a hazard to other aircraft, people or property.
  • A small UAS operator must assess weather conditions, airspace restrictions and the location of people to lessen risks if he or she loses control of the UAS.
  • A small UAS may not fly over people, except those directly involved with the flight.
  • Flights should be limited to 500 feet altitude and no faster than 100 mph.
  • Operators must stay out of airport flight paths and restricted airspace areas, and obey any FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs).

The proposed rule maintains the existing prohibition against operating in a careless or reckless manner. It also would bar an operator from allowing any object to be dropped from the UAS.

Operators would be responsible for ensuring an aircraft is safe before flying, but the FAA is not proposing that small UAS comply with current agency airworthiness standards or aircraft certification. For example, an operator would have to perform a preflight inspection that includes checking the communications link between the control station and the UAS. Small UAS with FAA-certificated components also could be subject to agency airworthiness directives.

The new rules would not apply to model aircraft.  However, model aircraft operators must continue to satisfy all of the criteria specified in Sec. 336 of Public Law 112-95, including the stipulation that they be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes. Generally speaking, the new rules would not apply to government aircraft operations, because we expect that these government operations will typically continue to actively operate under the Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) process unless the operator opts to comply with and fly under the new small UAS regulations.

In addition to this proposal, earlier today, the White House issued a Presidential Memorandum concerning transparency, accountability, and privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections for the Federal Government’s use of UAS in the national airspace system which directs the initiation of a multi-stakeholder engagement process to develop a framework for privacy, accountability, and transparency issues concerning commercial and private UAS use.

The current unmanned aircraft rules remain in place until the FAA implements a final new rule. The FAA encourages new operators to visit:

You can view the FAA’s Small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking later today at:

An overview of the Small UAS rule can be viewed at:

You can view the fact sheet at:

Press Conference audio is available here.

For more information on the FAA and UAS, visit:


King Air First Officer Financial Assistance Opportunity

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
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King Air First Officer Financial Assistance Opportunity
Scholarship Program
Our company provides three scholarships per year of $2,000 usd for qualified applicants.  The award will be used for flight training, ground instruction, and one month of housing costs if needed.
The three scholarships consist of the following categories:
Private Pilot 
This award is for a individual having no flight time and/or aviation training.  Determination of qualified applicants will be based upon the following:
o  Be enrolled, or plan to be enrolled, for full-time study in an accredited school (community college, four year college, university, technical, etc.).  A GPA of 3.0 or higher, and minimum age of 16 years old is required to apply.
o  Have demonstrated or expressed a genuine interest in a career in aviation.  Provide examples of membership in aviation clubs, activities, or involvement in professional aviation organizations.
 Instrument Pilot
o  Be enrolled, or plan to be enrolled, for full-time study in an accredited school (community college, four year college, university, technical, etc.).  A GPA of 3.0 or higher, and minimum age of 16 years old is required to apply.
o  Have completed the Private Pilot Rating.
o  Provide letters of recommendation from Flight Schools, Certified Flight Instructors that have provided instruction leading to the Private Pilot Rating
o  Provide copies of flight log books showing flight experience.
Professional Pilot
o  Be enrolled, or plan to be enrolled, for full-time study in an accredited school (community college, four year college, university, technical, etc.).  A GPA of 3.0 or higher, and minimum age of 16 years old is required to apply.
o  Have completed the Private Pilot Rating, and Instrument Pilot Rating.
o  Provide letters of recommendation from Flight Schools, and Certified Flight Instructors that have provided instruction leading to the Private Pilot and/or Instrument Rating.
o  Provide copies of flight log books showing flight experience.

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We offer a total of three scholarships per year, one scholarship for each category of training.  Since the training dates for each of these categories will vary depending upon the schedule of the applicants selected, we will accept applications at any time during the year.

Selection Criteria
Selection will be based on the applicant’s Scholarship Entry Form and Essay:  Interest in becoming a professional pilot and/or pursuing a career in aviation;  extra-curricular activities;  recommendations of teachers, flight instructors, and/or other references provided by the applicant;  and academic record.  The top five (5) candidates may be called for a personal interview via Skype or Facetime when the next scholarship comes available.
Application Process
1.  Prepare a 500 word essay regarding your desire to pursue a career in aviation, and the steps that you have taken to reach this goal.
2.  Provide certified copies of all high school, technical, trade, vocational, and/or colleges attended.  Be sure that all grades are reflected along with the GPA (Grade Point Average).
3.  Three letters of recommendations from people you know you well.
4.  Please submit your interest at:
Please advise which scholarship your application is for as well as your contact information.
The award of this scholarship does not cover the costs of obtaining TSA approval and/or obtaining a student visa if you are a not a citizen of the United States.  These expenses must be paid before the scholarship can be used.
Successful applicants have three months (3) to use the scholarship from the date of the award.  If the scholarship is not used within the three months after it is awarded the scholarship shall be forfeited and given to the next successful applicant.

Privacy Policy

All information collected from applicants will be retained for one year, and will ONLY be used to determine eligibility for scholarships.  No information will be released and/or shared with any other entities.  Any student information can only be shared if students give their permission and for the purpose of awarding scholarships.  No students will be automatically enrolled to receive extraneous emails and/or solicitations of any sort.  Students will only receive further communication regarding their individual application, and no information will be shared for email distribution lists.

Leading Edge Aviation – Salt Lake City, Utah

Monday, February 2nd, 2015


Established in 1989 to provide the Pacific Northwest with aviation services, Leading Edge Aviation (LEA) has grown to  become one of the world’s premier professional pilot training centers. Since our Flight Training program launched in 2006 we have consistently certified highly qualified pilots to enjoy exciting, rewarding, and successful careers in flight.


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  • Air Medical
  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire Fighting
  • Tours
  • Corporate Charter
  • Search and Rescue
  • Utility Patrol


  • An impeccable safety record– far below the industry standard of 6 accidents /100,000 hours flown
  • management team of pilots– with over 37,000 cumulative hours and 100+ years in the industry, we know what it takes to prepare you for a career in aviation
  • Flexible scheduling– LEA students are guaranteed a minimum of 3 flight blocks per week, additional blocks are scheduled at the students request
  • Ability to fly ALL YEAR ROUND! With 300+ days of sunshine a year, LEA students can fly consistently throughout 4 seasons
  • Knowledgeable, kind and helpful Admissions Department
  • Access to mountains and desert within close proximity
  • Ability to train in both Helicopters and Airplanes
  • Unique and challenging Advanced Courses– Turbine, Mountain, External Load, Night Vision Goggle, Mutli Engine
  • DPE on Staff- no need to wait for checkrides
  • There is not currently a waiting list for Winter 2015 or Spring 2015

Leading Edge Aviation also offers Airplane training under the COCC Aviation Program. Additional information can be found here.

AAS Degrees from COCC and SLCC can be transferred to a number of universities toward a Bachelor of Science Degree.


Flight Training costs range from $50,000 to $80,000. Leading Edge recommends all students interested in flight school consider the option of one of our collegiate partners. While attending a college program, students are earning an Associate’s Degree while completing flight certifications. Students attending a college program may be eligible for financial aid and student loans.


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  • Contact Leading Edge Admissions @ 541-383- 8825 or email
  • Apply for Admission to the College SLCC or COCC
  • Add COCC or SLCC’s school code to your FAFSA