December 15, 2015| 6

What Do the Best Aviation Colleges Offer?

Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady Typically, prospective students who are considering careers in the aviation industry tend to contemplate becoming pilots through aviation colleges which offer five essential pilot ratings as follows: private single engine, instrument rating, private multi-engine, commercial single and multi-engine , and certified flight instructo …

October 13, 2015| 48 0

Pilot Shortage: What Should the Aviation Industry Do?

With a thirty-five percent increase in global travelers, there are more than half a million  aviation positions currently available for qualified pilots. The aviation industry is working hard to meet that demand, but experts are saying there may be a serious pilot shortage . Both fixed wing and helicopter pilots are required and, in addition, many pi …

October 12, 2015| 354 4

Different Pilot Licenses Explained: Sport, Recreational and Private Pilot

In the fixed wing airplane world, pilots often refer to their pilot’s license as a “ certificate ”. Essentially, both terms mean the same thing and are interchangeable (although, technically, they are slightly different). For the purposes of this article, we intend “ certificate ” and “ license ” to represent the same “pilot status”. According to AOPA , t …

October 7, 2015| 12 2

The Five Best Things About Being a Student Pilot Going to College

What Can You Expect as a Student Pilot ? Deciding to begin a career as a Professional Student Pilot can be one of the most rewarding and one of the most challenging decisions you’ll ever make. Can you imagine, as a college student, getting to fly helicopters or airplanes on a daily basis as a part of your college experience? Medical school students do …

September 6, 2015| 11 0

Top 6 Tips for Student Pilots to Land the Best Aviation Jobs

For most student pilots attending helicopter flight school, it is all about landing the best paying jobs as a career pilot . Why else would anyone invest a great deal of money to learn to fly (as a commercial pilot) unless it was to position yourself to compete for the best aviation jobs ? Therefore, there are certain decisions that student helicopter …

August 6, 2015| 39 0

SFAR 73: What is it and Why is it Important for Student Pilots?

Due to a series of “student pilot” accidents involving Robinson aircraft the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), on March 27, 1995, established a specific training requirement for the R22 and R44 helicopters. These requirements applied to students under instruction , pilots acting as pilot in command (PIC), and flight instructors. Bel …

February 8, 2015| 33 0

Spatial Disorientation: How and When Does it Affect Pilots

Do you remember the  fatal airplane wreck of  John F Kennedy Jr. ? In July of 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr, and two other passengers on board crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Massachusetts. The official NTSB report concluded that Kennedy experienced spatial disorientation while descending at night over water. He lost control of the aircraf …

February 6, 2015| 168 2

Five Unique Ways of Paying for Flight Training

Secrets from Successful Pilots Let’s face it, paying for  flight training is very expensive. Airplane flight school is going to cost $35K to $70K for fixed wing training, and $90K to $150K for helicopter training. Unless you have a trust fund from your rich dad, the costs to become commercial pilots can seem to be an impassable mountain . But is it? L …

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