March 28, 2016| 2

Why IFR Flight Training Should Come After Your License

Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady Any pilot who has been flying for a while has experienced flights delays due to weather conditions, and without having an instrument rating , those delays can stretch into hours or even into days. These delays can cause many pilots to make go no-go decisions that are not so good. So the benefit of a pilot having an instrume …

March 25, 2016| 3

How Crew Resource Management Makes Flying Safer

Vern Weiss On December 29, 1972, an Eastern Airlines Lockheed L-1011 with 176 people aboard crashed in Florida’s Everglades only 3 minutes from touching down at Miami International Airport . Three flight crew members, the Captain, First Officer and Flight Engineer became focused on a landing gear indicator light bulb that was not illuminated. A …

March 3, 2016| 1

Pilot Career: What Will You Carry in Your Backpack?

When packing a backpack for a camp-out, Boy Scouts keep in mind the motto “Be Prepared.” It’s a good motto for a pilot career too. Vern Weiss Do you want to know who makes good pilots? Mechanics. They know aircraft systems inside and out and, as pilots, often pull a rabbit out of a hat in an emergency. They know the nuances and intricacies of s …

February 26, 2016| 819

ATP Certification: Is It Really “King of the Hill”?

Wilson Gilliam Jr. When a pilot opens his or her certificate wallet, the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate is usually the one on top. It is a diamond on a black cloth. ATP certification is a significant accomplishment, as the requirements for both the written and practical tests are demanding. I could have used all of that ATP weight shift kn …

February 22, 2016| 1

Sport Pilot Training: Everything You Need to Know

John Peltier Want to fly around for simple travel and sightseeing but don’t have the resources to obtain a private pilot’s license ? Or perhaps you can’t get the medical certificate for your private pilot but can still safely operate an aircraft. Go through sport pilot training instead! What Can You Do as a Sport Pilot The sport pilot rating can be ver …

February 17, 2016| 2

IOE, AQP, FOQA, CRM, etc: The ABCs of Airline Training Programs

Airlines are integrating new curricula and shifting the focus of airline training programs more towards enhanced safety. Vern Weiss Some day I should experience a different career just to see if other fields are as crazy with initialisms, acronyms and abbreviations as aviation. I’ll bet not. For the benefit of the purist, an initialism is not t …

February 10, 2016| 5

Bush Pilot Training and Mud Flying – Say Again?

Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady Often pilots who fly small to medium-sized aircraft as a means of amassing hours to vie for positions with the airlines and cargo planes are likely to become bored with consistently flying prescribed routes and filing the same flight plans. In comparison, there is a category of pilots who enjoys the challenge of flying in …

February 9, 2016| 1

Commercial Pilot Requirements: Everything You Need to Know

John Peltier It’s easy to get discouraged from pursuing your dreams when you take a quick glance at the requirements to be a commercial pilot . I went through the same thing. But you know what? It’s really not as hard as it seems. Here we’ll break down the commercial pilot requirements, both from a regulatory perspective and also a practical perspect …

February 5, 2016| 1

The Questions to Ask When Choosing a Flight School

Early in childhood, most of us were taught these basic types of questions and how to apply them in any given situation. When it comes to choosing a flight school, these old friends will not lead you astray. Selecting where to do your pilot training is a serious endeavor that can be tedious, confusing, and often overwhelming. My goal, however, is th …

January 29, 2016| 954

The Call: The Moment When Your Childhood Dreams Come True

Getting “The Call” After Your Airline Pilot Training Making it through the airline pilot selection process is an accomplishment but successfully  completing your airline pilot training is nothing short of awesome. Vern Weiss You’ve been submitting applications to airlines for over a year and reading doom-and-gloom on pilot blogs, whic …

January 27, 2016| 776

Accelerated Flight Training Versus Regular Flight Training

Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady When considering enrollment in a flight training facility that offers “accelerated flight training” courses that allow you to earn your private pilot’s license or other ratings, such as instrument, commercial or CFI/CFII (flight instructor) within a reduced timeframe [seemingly] in an attempt to save you time and money, re …

January 20, 2016| 1

Flight Attendant Training: It’s More than the Seat Belt Demo

If the public had a clue as to how necessary flight attendants are and how rigorous the airline flight attendant training programs are, they’d can their stupid comments. Vern Weiss They are there neither to serve you a beverage nor bring you a pillow. That’s what the airline’s marketing departments tell them they should do but it&#8 …

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