Archive for May, 2010

Memorial Day Air Show

Blue-AngelsIn honor of Memorial Day, and as a commemoration to U.S. men and women who died while in military service, there are traditions and celebrations all over the country. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, the flag is traditionally at half-staff in the morning, and families use this day for picnics and barbecues.

For Memorial Day this year, Jones Beach, New York, gets a special treat. On May 29-30, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Jet Team as well as some of the best civilian and military aerobatic performers will be performing in the 2010 Bethpage Federal Credit Union New York Air Show.

The show begins at 10am and will end at 3pm. The other military performers include the U.S. Army Golden Knights, the A-10 East Demo Team, the Canadian Forces CF-18 Demonstration Team, and the NY Air National Guard – Search & Rescue.

The show will be an exciting day of food, fun, and really fast aircrafts. The American Airpower Museum will host tours of current and vintage military aircraft on static display.

The Blue Angels will be highlighting the event. They have been a leader in flight training, aerobotics, and famous pilots since its inception in 1946.

Their mission is to “enhance Navy and Marine Corps recruiting efforts and to represent the naval service to the United States, its elected leadership and foreign nations. The Blue Angels serve as positive role models and goodwill ambassadors for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.”

The team is stationed at Forrest Sherman Field, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, during the show season.

A Blue Angels flight demonstration displays choreographed perfection of skills possessed by all naval aviators. The demonstration begins with the Blue Angels’ C-130 (view photo), affectionately called “Fat Albert,” exhibiting maximum performance capabilities for ten minutes.

Next, is the four-jet Diamond Formation (view photo) in synchronization with the lighting-fast, high-performance maneuvers of its two solo pilots.

Lastly, the team performs the highlight of the event, executing maneuvers locked as a unit in the famous, six-jet Delta Formation (view photo).

The Blue Angels are scheduled to fly 68 air shows at 35 sites in the U.S. during this year’s season. They are celebrating their 23rd year of flying the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet. Last season, more than 8 million spectators watched the Blue Angels perform.

By starting your flight training, you too could have a chance of being a part of this amazing aerobotic team of pilots.


Flight Training for Veterans

department of veterans affairsWe are proud to announce that Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology is now approved to enroll students for Flight Training under the Chapter 33 Benefits and Post 9/11 Benefits.

In order to qualify, you must have a private pilot’s license and valid medical certificate prior to beginning training. The Veteran’s Association (VA) will reimburse you for 60% of the approved charges.

Payments are issued after the training is completed and the school submits information to the VA.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill

As of August 1, 2009, The Post-9/11 GI Bill is in effect and will provide financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of service on or after September 11, 2001. You can also qualify if you received an honorable discharge due to a service-connected disability after 30 days.

Chapter 33 Benefits

The Chapter 33 Benefits are calculated by taking the number of days of active duty after September 10, 2001 and subtracting the days served on active duty for entry level and skill training – only if you served less than 910 days.

Choosing an education benefit program that’s right for you

Choosing a benefit program can be a difficult decision because it’s based on so many factors, including the type of education or training you plan to take and the amount of benefits received under each program.

If you are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and two or more other benefit programs, you must give up one of the other benefits.

Use your Veterans Benefits to become a pilot

By taking advantage of the many benefits available to you as a veteran, you can take control of your future and continue to contribute to your country. Commercial pilots are in high demand and your previous experience and training gives you a significant advantage. Start your exciting new career today.

For more information about Veterans Benefits and benefits for spouses or dependents of service members, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Website.

How to Obtain a FAA Medical Certificate

The FAA requires a medical certificate before flying solo in an airplane, helicopter, gyroplane, or airship. You should obtain your medical certificate before you begin your flight training program simply to make the transition process easier. Medical certificates are to ensure you are healthy and capable of navigating an aircraft without any medical defects that may hinder your performance.

In order to get a medical certificate, you must pass a physical examination. This exam will be administered by an FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner. You can get your certificate from any designated FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner, they are easy to find. The FAA has a directory that lists authorized medical examiners by name and address. The handbooks are attainable at any FAA Flight Standards District Office, air traffic control facility, or flight service station.

For a recreational or private pilot certificate, a third-class medical certificate is required. The medical certificates required change with different pilot certificates.

If you have a physical disability, you can still get a medical certificate. It all depends on the nature of the disability as certain disabilities may hinder your operating abilities. The types of limitation will be described by your medical examiner before you’re issued your medical certificate. You must always carry your certificate, even when flying solo.

A third-class medical certificate will expire 36th months after the issue date. However, if you are over 40 years of age, the certificate will expire after 24 months.

According to Aviationwise, the medical examination for a third-class certificate will test the following:

  • Distant Vision – 20/40 or better in each eye separately, with or without correction
  • Near Vision (from16 inches) – 20/40 or better in each eye separately, with or without correction
  • Color Vision – ability to perceive the colors deemed necessary
  • Hearing (from 6 feet) – average conversational voice in a quiet room
  • Audiology – audiometric speech discrimination test to test thresholds
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat – no disease or condition that may be triggered by vertigo
  • Blood Pressure – 155/95 is maximum
  • Mental – No diagnosis of psychosis, bipolar disorder, or any other personality disorder
  • Substance Dependence/Abuse- alcohol and all illegal drugs, no diagnosis or history of substance dependence, unless with substantial evidence showing total abstinence from the substance for at least the preceding 2 years

4 Steps to Building Your Flight Training Foundation

flight trainingThere are 4 basic steps to excel in flight training. By following these steps you will build yourself a clear foundation and have a higher chance at a solid future in aviation. In order to learn to fly, you must always have a plan.

Step 1: Write down your flying goals

You need to have a clear understanding of why you want to fly. Is your passion for flying related to business, or a career? You need to have an exact picture of what you want so you can choose a flight training program that is right for you. You will never succeed in anything unless you begin with the end goal in mind. Ask yourself if the cost of your flight training is your priority, or whether you want the most quality education, and what kind of facilities you would like to have access to, or if you want a location close to home.

Step 2: Earn your Recreational or Private Pilot Certificate

You may receive your Recreational or Private Pilot Certificate is the first certificate you will receive at the minimum age of 17. The Recreational Pilot Certificate will allow you fly as Pilot In Command (PIC) with several restrictions. These include:

  • Sharing the cost of flight with passengers
  • Cannot accept charge or compensation for flight
  • Only 1 passenger at a time
  • Only fly during the daytime
  • No flying farther than 50 miles
  • No flying at airports that require radio communications

The Private Pilot Certificate offers much less restrictions and is therefore a more popular choice among novice pilots in training. This certificate is similar but allows you to be Pilot In Command, carry multiple passengers, and fly during day or night.

Step 3: Instrument Rating

The next step towards building your flight training foundation is Instrument Rating. This allows you to fly under Instrument Flight Rules, where you will hone your flying skills in all weather conditions. You will train to learn to control and navigate an aircraft entirely by flight instruments rather than outside environmental reference. Instrument Rating will equip you with the experience and skills to fly in low ceiling or visibility condition. It is required for a career.

Step 4: Multi Engine Rating

The fourth basic step to honing your flight training foundation is obtaining your Multi Engine Rating. This will allow you to fly a plane built with more than one engine. While require for a career as a professional pilot, this rating will teach you how to safely navigate and land the airplane in case one of the engines fails.
By building a foundation with a particular set of skills, you will increase your chances of having a successful career in aviation. By mastering these techniques and obtaining these certificates, you will be well on your way towards becoming a successful pilot.

Learning To Fly With A Flight Training Device (Simulator)

Flight SimulatorsAviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology provides the most effective way of training to fly, and ensures the student receives the knowledge that is required to be a professional pilot. By employing the use of the CRJ-200 Level 5 Flight Training Device, Aviator’s Professional Pilot Program provides a hands-on training method so students can learn quickly, efficiently, and effectively.

Flight Training Devices are beneficial to students because they are best-suited to teach students how to safely react in very specific in-flight situations. Training in actual instrument conditions is imperative for students in the initial stages of learning to fly. Simulators can be used by students at any level, and have varying degrees of realism.

Flight Training Devices provide students an opportunity to feel their way through a simulated flight. They will teach a student to fly the aircraft smoothly, take confident command of the instruments, as well as prepare and use a flight plan.

Many aviation schools log flight training hours in a Flight Training Device. Aviator however, logs all flight training in an actual aircraft. All simulators are used for ground training purposes only. No ground training is used for flight time towards a student’s ratings.

Simulation training is cost-effective and low-risk. Flight training students on the ground is an advantage over in an actual aircraft because it gives an instructor more freedom to teach new students maneuvers that would not be practical in the air.

It is important that students first learn on the ground how to react to certain malfunctions such as electrical, instrument, or even hydraulic system failures. Flight Training Devices also allow time for an instructor to give detailed explanations whereas it would not usually be possible in an actual aircraft.

Flight Training Devices are a fun, exhilarating, cost-effective, and low-risk way to teach students to fly. It is an extremely effective training method that would help transform even the most novice pilot into an adept, experienced, and well-trained pilot.

The Passion to Propel you Through Flight Training School

Most would agree that the will to become a pilot comes from a passion for flight. A strong passion can motivate
you through the steps you will have to take on your journey.

So to cement that passion firmly in your heart why not look at the lives of others who have been successfully down the path you are traveling? Some time spent reading the great profiles in aviation’s history might just be the boost you need to get your flight career off the ground.

Orville and Wilbur Wright

In 1904 after several years of building gliders, testing propeller designs, and experimenting with wind tunnels the Wright brothers invited the media to view their flying machine. They were ignored. So with little funding and seemingly little prospect of success they kept going. And at a cow pasture named Huffman Prairie they setup shop and practiced… failing. They had hard landings, wing damage, and bodily injuries. Through it all, in the secrecy and seclusion of Huffman Prairie, they perfected their craft. In September of that year they achieved the first ever complete circle by a manned heavier-thanair powered machine and completed a re-design that allowed for much longer flights.

The brothers began to pursue government contracts for their machine. But with so much skepticism and without a demonstration the Wright brothers struggled ineffectually for three years. They were lampooned by
doubters at home and in Europe, but finally landed contracts with the U.S. Army and France under one
condition – that they successfully demonstrate the aircraft. This demonstration and their vindication
took place in Le Mans, France in August of 1908, finally securing them there place in the history of

Are not such stories inspiring? Just like the Wright brothers story there is a wealth of aviation history to
draw your inspiration from. The stories of famous men and women from aviation’s past are full of
lessons in triumph through failing, spirit, will power, and passion. Whether is it Amelia Earhart (first
woman to fly the Atlantic) or Dick Rutan (in his 1986 non-stop circumnavigation) these stories are well
worth the read for any flight training school student.

Job Outlook for Flight School Graduates

Bureau Of Labor StatisticsThe earning potential for flight school graduates varies greatly depending on the industry. Airline pilots’ earnings’ are amongst the highest in the country and depend on the pilots’ rank, experience, aircraft type and the size of the airline.

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers are expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations. Regional airlines and low-cost carriers will present the best opportunities; pilots attempting to get jobs at the major airlines will face strong competition.

Employment of aircraft pilots and flight engineers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. Population growth and an expanding economy in the long run are expected to boost the demand for air travel, contributing to job growth. New jobs will be created as airlines expand their capacity to meet this rising demand by increasing the number of planes in operation and the number of flights offered.

Job Prospects

Job opportunities are expected to be best for experienced pilots with the regional airlines and low-cost carriers, which are expected to grow faster than the major airlines. Opportunities with air cargo carriers also should arise because of increasing security requirements for shipping freight on passenger airlines, growth in electronic commerce, and increased demand for global freight. Business, commuter, corporate, and on-demand air taxi travel also should provide some new jobs for pilots.

Pilots attempting to get jobs at the major airlines will face strong competition, as those firms tend to attract many more applicants than the number of job openings. Applicants also will have to compete with laid-off pilots for any available jobs. Pilots who have logged the greatest number of flying hours using sophisticated equipment typically have the best prospects. For this reason, military pilots often have an advantage over other applicants.

In addition to job openings arising from employment growth, opportunities will result from the need to replace workers transferring to other occupations or leaving the labor force. Additional openings will result from the mandatory retirement of commercial airline pilots at age 65.

Employment of pilots is sensitive to cyclical swings in the economy. During recessions, when a decline in the demand for air travel forces airlines to ground planes and curtail the number of flights, airlines may temporarily furlough some pilots.

Earning Potential

Earnings of aircraft pilots and flight engineers vary greatly depending whether they work as airline or commercial pilots. Earnings also depend on factors such as rank, seniority, and the size and type of aircraft flown. For example, pilots who fly jet aircraft usually earn higher salaries than pilots who fly turboprops. Airline pilots and flight engineers may earn extra pay for night and international flights. In May 2008, median annual wages of airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers were $111,680. The middle 50 percent earned between $81,580 and $150,480.
Median annual wages of commercial pilots were $65,340 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $45,680 and $89,540. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,020, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $129,580.