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Flight Training Education Is The Key To Your Professional Aviation Career

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Flight Training Education Is The Key To Your Professional Aviation CareerBecoming a pilot is a journey that only a handful of people are able to do. Flying an airplane requires a very high level of skills and perseverance. It takes years to acquire the skills necessary to fly commercial jets. Furthermore, a pilot is always working on his or her skills; there is always room for improvement.
Few of the major airlines require a college degree for employment, but in the past several years, more than 95 percent of the pilots hired have at least a four-year college degree. If you want an airline job, you stand a better chance if you are among the 95 percent with a degree than the 5 percent without one.

Flight Training Knowledge Base

Before you can even think of flying you need to have a basic knowledge of the theory of flying. The partial list of studies include:

  • Theory of Flight
  • Weather and Meteorology
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Regulations and Air Traffic Control

Each of these subjects require full understanding and in-depth knowledge. Without such understanding, the pilot cannot operate safely. Where do get the proper flight training education to become a professional pilot? It all starts with flight school.

What Aviation College and Flight Schools Can Teach You

We have outlined very important points from Scott Spangler‘s great article about the importance of Aviaion colleges and the experience you get while you do your flight training.

Professional pilots today are “flight managers” who must intimately understand the workings of their computerized and fly-by-wire stick and rudder, and who must work with and depend on a crew of professionals that goes far beyond those in the cockpit.

These are the essential skills students learn and practice in today’s collegiate aviation programs, but the value of a college education goes beyond these aviation-specific skills. Typically, your first two years of college will be devoted to “general education” classes. While they seemingly have no direct correlation with aviation, they do, and additionally, they’ll make you a well-rounded individual.

Math, physics, and computer-science classes help you understand your career’s technical aspects. English makes you a better oral and written communicator. Sociology and psychology give you a better understanding of human nature. History and the humanities give you insight and appreciation for man’s development, achievements, and blunders. Economics makes clear the forces that will act upon your career.

When people think of aviation, they naturally think of pilots. But pilots are just one cog in the vast human machine that makes aviation work. If it were not for aeronautical and electrical engineers, airframe and powerplant (A&P) and avionics technicians, meteorologists, air traffic controllers, aviation managers at all levels, and a host of others, we wouldn’t need pilots (and the others wouldn’t be needed if there were no pilots). These are all viable, rewarding aviation careers, careers for which you can become educated at many colleges and universities.
Those aiming for the cockpit should never forget that a failed medical (or a failed airline) can terminate a flying career without notice. This is another reason pilots should know more than just how to fly. If you don’t have a degree, your career options are limited. But if you’ve been educated as a manager, engineer, or technician, you have career alternatives that will enable you to survive professionally and, perhaps, maintain your aviation “connection.”

Flight College Connections

College is one of the best places to make your aviation connection because it provides the education and contacts you’ll need to succeed. Guidance counselors will help tailor your educational program to meet your career goals. They will explain what’s needed when, and why, and they’ll even help you refine your objectives and offer alternatives if, for some reason, you cannot attain the original goal.
This guidance continues throughout your educational career. As you near graduation, the school’s job placement service will work with you to help you find that first aviation position (and many schools offer placement assistance to graduates throughout their professional careers).
Many schools also have cooperative agreements with different companies in which you go to school for a semester (usually 16 weeks) and work in your chosen career field for the next semester. Other schools have internship programs, where you work for a company, such as United Airlines, which has an internship program with more than 15 colleges.

During their senior year, United interns may be based at a domicile, flight operations headquarters at Chicago, or at United’s Colorado training center. Interns are assigned management tasks based on an accepted curriculum. Interns don’t do any flying, but they have access to United’s simulators.

If interns are working toward a piloting career, United guarantees them an interview once they meet United’s minimum requirements “because they are a known entity,” says a United official. Accepting around 20 interns per semester year-round, United has hired almost 100 as second officers since the program began in the spring of 1986.

Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology provides the most cost effective flight training programs and a two year Aviation degree in Aeronautical Science. The College has a state of the art 37,000 square foot facility, featuring a CRJ Level 5 Flight Training Device (Simulator). College student’s receive a minimum of 565 flight training hours in the aviation degree program. Graduates will have the opportunity to stay on as a flight training instructor. Contact Aviator college today to schedule a visit and begin your flight training education.

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Flight Training and Flight Simulators

February 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Flight Training and Flight SimulatorsEvery flight training student wants to get behind the controls of a plane and start flying as soon as possible. The reality is a little different. Ground school or “ground theory” is a fundamental part of every flight school and a flight student will be spending as much time in a classroom as in the air. Flight simulators will be a major part of your ground school training. They save time, money and lives.

A flight simulator is a system that tries to copy, or simulate, the experience of flying an aircraft. It is meant to be as realistic as possible. The different types of flight simulator range from computer based games up to full-size cockpit replicas mounted on hydraulic (or electromechanical) actuators, controlled by state of the art computer technology.
In recent years, the FAA has become accepting of flight simulation as an invaluable aid to instrument instruction. Using a flight simulator is a time- and money-saving means of doing repetitive tasks such as holding-pattern entries and procedure turns. It also enables you to fly approaches not available because of the aircraft’s limitations or the lack of nearby facilities.

Why Use Flight Simulator

Safety

By its very nature, simulator training is safer than aircraft training. Abnormal and emergency procedures may be learned and practiced without risk to students, staff or aircraft. Training in simulators eliminates actual conflicting traffic midair’s. Severe weather, terrain or obstruction conflicts can be demonstrated in the simulator without the risk of exposure to the actual condition.

In-Flight Failures

In-flight failures of systems and instruments can be created as the failure would occur in the airplane. Instruments do not fail instantly, as is the case when the instructor covers an instrument. You can see what really happens — and be ready for it.

If you want to fail a glide slope just after course interception, it’s easy to do.

You can create pitot ice, carburetor ice and electrical failures.

In-Flight Weather

If you feel the need to create a 15-knot crosswind on a VOR or ILS approach, it’s no problem.Create turbulence to see how your flying changes.

Training Value

A flight simulator makes a more suitable learning environment than the cockpit of an airplane. It enables the student and the instructor to concentrate on the learning task.There is less noise in the simulator, allowing more effective communications between the student and the instructor. Temperature and humidity are controlled, making a more comfortable environment.

Simulators save time — there is no need to start the aircraft, warm it up or fly to the training area — there are no delays caused by actual clouds or bad weather conditions. Any topic or maneuver can be dealt with by freezing the simulator for discussion or evaluation purposes, and specific lessons can be practiced many times in short period of time.

The FAA allows considerable amounts of simulator time toward certificates.

Students gain first-hand experience with navigation facilities that might not be available locally.

Finally, when used correctly in training programs, simulators reduce total training time. One hour of simulator time can yield the same results as two or more hours of training in the actual airplane. Flight simulators are an essential part of any flight school. If you are student looking for a school, make sure you inspect the flight simulators if you visit the school or ask about them if you are unable to tour the facility.

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Pilot Jobs for Flight School Graduates

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Pilot Jobs for Flight School GraduatesThe 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.

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.

The report below is written by Angela Ballard.
Jobs in the aviation industry span a wide range of skill sets and experience levels; for those leaving the military, according to CNN Money and PayScale.com’s list of great careers in 2011, Aviation Program Management and Airline Pilot are two of the best careers to pursue.

The median pay for Aviation Program Managers is $115,000 and the 10-year job growth rate is approximated at 7%. Depending on what your military experienced entailed, you may not even need project management certification.
For veteran military pilots, the CNN report states that there are a few reasons why becoming a commercial pilot is appealing. Flying a commercial aircraft provides a family-friendly environment that is great for pilots with young children. A career as a civilian pilot means most of your time will revolve around flying (while rising in military ranks generally means flying less). Though there are over a million pilots in the US already (you can find a pilot in the FindTheBest database), the 10-year job growth is approximated at 8%, which is an addition of about 60,000 jobs.
Switching to a civilian pilot career means getting an FAA flight certification; the protocol for converting a military certification depends on the type of aircraft you flew. AviationSchoolsOnline.com is a great resource for finding VA approved flight certification programs. FindTheBest also has a database of FAA Medical Examiners to make finding an examiner, to issue or reissue a pilot medical certificate, as easy as possible. Jobs in the aviation industry are growing, and for those with the incredible training and experience the military provides, a career in aviation is a great option.

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to start your airline pilot career, wait no more. According to Boeing, the world’s airlines, both in established and emerging markets, will require over 450,000 new commercial pilots to fly the aircraft currently on order with the major manufacturers. Here’s the company’s breakdown of where those airline jobs will be based:

  • Europe – 92,000+
  • Asia Pacific – 183,000+
  • China – 72,000+
  • North America – 82,000+
  • Latin America – 41,000+
  • Middle East – 36,000+
  • Africa – 14,000+
  • Russia/CIS 9,800+

In the airline business, seniority is everything. The sooner you start, the more seniority you’ll earn. Source

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Pilot Training in USA

February 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Pilot Training in USAA commercial aviation license is one of the most coveted and sacred certificates you can receive. The benefits and privileges are great and the responsibilities are enormous. Acquiring a license can be a formidable task. There are the three basic categories you need to know: aeronautical knowledge, flight proficiency and aeronautical experience.

Pilot Training-Aeronautical Knowledge

A person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate must receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor on knowledge that applies to the aircraft category and class rating sought. This includes applicable Federal Aviation regulations, accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board, basic aerodynamics and the principles of flight, meteorology including the recognition of critical weather situations, safe and efficient operation of aircraft, principles and functions of aircraft systems, maneuvers, procedures, and emergency operations appropriate to the aircraft, night and high-altitude operations, procedures for operating within the National Airspace System – and other important topics.

Pilot Training-Flight Proficiency

This includes preflight preparation, airport operations, takeoffs, landings and go-around, performance maneuvers, ground reference maneuvers, navigation, slow flight and stalls, emergency operations, high-altitude operations, and post-flight procedures.

Pilot Training-Aeronautical Experience

A person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate must log at least 250 hours of flight time as a pilot that consists of at least – 100 hours in powered aircraft, 100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time and 50 hours in cross-country flight of which at least 10 hours must be in airplanes.

Pilot Certification in the United States

Obtaining pilot certification in the United States is a complex series of tests and requirements. It is administered by FARs (or Federal Aviation Regulations) that are established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA.) The FAA governs all aviation activities in the United States like pilot training activities, airplane design, airline flights, hot-air ballooning, man-made structure heights and even model rocket launches and model aircraft operation.
All pilot certificates and ratings require a practical test which is usually referred to as a “check ride.” For each practical test, the FAA has published a Practical Test Standards document which is expected to be used by the applicant, the flight instructor and the examiner. A practical test is administered by an FAA Inspector or an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. The check-ride is divided into two parts:

  1. The oral exam
  2. The flight test in the aircraft

After the student has successfully completed the practical test, the examiner will issue a temporary airman certificate with the new license or rating. In order to take practical tests for all pilot certificates and ratings, the applicant must have proper logbook endorsements from their flight instructor.
Thomas F. Sullivan offers a great overview of the steps needed in order to become a certified Private Pilot.

Thomas F. Sullivan offers the steps needed to become a pilot by training at one of the many flight schools in America. Lets take a look at the steps which are needed in order to become a certified Private Pilot.

  1. The first step is a psychological step. You need to make sure you are in the proper mind set and have the proper attitude to learn how to fly. This means you should have a very good reason, at least for yourself, in terms of why you want to become a pilot. And a perfunctory reason will not work. The reason for this is because it takes unadulterated commitment on your part in order to gain a Private Pilot License.
  2. Along the lines of commitment, you will need to set aside a large chunk of time weekly for learning how to fly. You could just train on the weekend, but the draw back to this method is that learning to fly could take a long time, a very long time. Therefore, if possible, try to fly every good weather day, and therefore set aside time daily for flight training. It is very important you understand that the closer your lessons are to each other, the less money you will spend in the end. The national average in terms of the flying hours needed to obtain the Private Pilot License is 65 – 70 hours.
  3. Plan on spending around $8,000.00 USD to obtain the Private Pilot License. This includes instructor fee, cost to rent airplane, exams, books, and equipment. Some sources put the cost at about $7,000.00 USD. Again, the more frequently you fly, the lower the end cost will be. Assuming you are average in terms of number of flying hours needed (65 – 70 hours), plan on spending $7,000.00 to $8,000.00 USD.
  4. After you have decided that you truly want to gain a Private Pilot License, you understand the time needed, and you have worked out the financial aspect, you then can start to think about selecting the right flight school. When selecting a flight school, visit every flight school that is within a reasonable driving distance to where you live. The following two steps will help in your selection of a flight school.
  5. You need to decide if you want to become a tri-gear or conventional gear (tail wheel) pilot, or both. Do you want to take your check ride in a conventional gear airplane, or a tri-gear airplane. Today, most pilots take their check ride in a tri-gear airplane. But it should be noted that you will be a more proficient and a safer pilot if you are able to fly more then one type of airplane. This diversity includes being able to fly both tri-gear and conventional gear aircraft.Today, most pilots prefer to stick with a tri-gear airplane from start to finish, when getting their Private Pilot License. Select a flight school which provides both tri-gear and conventional gear aircraft for you to rent, so that you are able to fly both of these types of airplanes.You can train and take your check ride in a tri gear airplane, and later after you obtain your Private Pilot License, get a tail wheel endorsement. No matter how you slice it, the more different types of airplanes you can get checked out in and fly well, the safer you will be as a pilot.
  6. Also, in terms of flight school selection, you need to decide if you want to learn to fly at a FAR Part 141 school, or a FAR Part 61 school. In the United States, flight schools are required to operate under one of these two sets of rules, as laid down by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). One is really not any better then the other. Flight schools which operate under FAR Part 141 provide a more formal curriculum, with slightly fewer hours required for certification, and flight schools which operate under FAR Part 61 are less formal, and hours needed for certification are a little bit more.But since the hours needed in order to obtain the Private Pilot License almost always is much more then the required hours for certification (65-70 hours is the national average), there is really no advantage to learning at a FAR Part 141 school. Your decision in terms of FAR Part 141, and FAR Part 61, should really be dependent on the type of learning environment you prefer. Some students do better in a more formal environment, while others prefer a more laid back, less formal environment.
  7. After selecting a flight school, you then need to select an instructor. Select an instructor you feel comfortable with, both in terms of personality and flying experience. There are basically two types of instructors in the United States. One type is trying to build flying hours and has a desire to move on beyond instruction to a commercial flying job which is more lucrative. The other type of instructor is a career instructor who prefers to instruct, and is not really flying to build hours, but enjoys teaching new students. Career instructors on average tend to be older then hour building instructors. In terms of these two types of instructors, one is really not any better then the other, and selecting an instructor you believe you are compatible with is what really is important. You need to have a professional learning situation, where personality incompatibility will not interfere with the process of becoming a pilot. Selecting the right instructor is probably the most important component in learning how to fly.
  8. Finally, for most areas of the United States, plan on starting the learning process at the beginning of the summer. You need to have plenty of good flying weather in front of you before you start. If you start in the fall, you may end up having to stop due to bad weather and may need to wait until the spring to continue, which means more time and money. Plan on getting the job done within a few months in the summer. This holds true for most areas of the country, but not all. Of course, if you are learning to fly in the Southwest or Florida, then when you start is really not a factor.

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What To Know About Flight Training Degree Program

February 21, 2012 Leave a comment

What To Know About Flight Training Degree ProgramChoosing a flight training school is not an easy task. After looking at a variety of brochures and websites, they all start to look the same. It becomes difficult to separate good a flight school from those who are simply good at selling themselves.

Besides the obvious items such as location, type of aircraft, and availability of student loans, there are many other items to consider when selecting your flight school. Often these items are not in the brochures aviation flight training colleges send out to you.

Regardless of which aviation flight training college you choose, you still will leave with the required FAA certificates for your career in aviation. That’s assuming that the flight school uses a structured syllabus, you apply yourself and never forget your part of that equation. However, choosing a good flight school can make your flight training experience enjoyable, as opposed to a tedious task.

Here is a partial list to help you ask questions to select the best aviation school for your flight training:

  • Size of your classes
  • A list of charges not included in the package price – and there always are items like this. That’s normal, because not everyone learns at the same rate.
  • Average age and experience of the educational team.
  • The general weather conditions in the area. This means you should watch for words like “365 days of sunshine.” Is the weather comfortable to learn in and how much time each day is really flyable?
  • Are you paying for flying time only, and if not what are the other costs that will impact the total expense and speed at which you complete your training?
  • Many career schools claim to have connections with an airline or even several airlines. This is something that often is not valuable to you.
  • The airline industry is in a state of constant change – it is nearly impossible to tell who will be hiring when you are done with your education and finished building your flight experience.
  • Be careful of the guaranteed interview, and never pick a school for the so-called guaranteed job. This may not be a wise investment of your money; it may just be a marketing effort by the school. Be sure to ask how many students got interviews, jobs and how long it took them to get hired. 
Flight Training Degree Program at Aviator College

It is highly recommended candidates visit the college and complete an interview with Admissions. Click on the “Schedule a Visit” on learn more.

1. Complete the Online Application & Deposit Form, Your deposit will be held on your student account and will secure your enrollment date.
2. All students submit a $500.00 deposit.
3. International students will be issued the I-20 upon receipt of the online application & deposit form. There is an additional $500 deposit for visa processing. Your I-20 will be issued. When you receive the I-20, please take it to the U.S. Embassy in your country for approval. Please inform the school of your arrival date and flight information two weeks prior to arrival. A school representative will meet you at the airport to welcome you to the USA and Aviator College.Remember we must have a complete physical address in order to have a courier service deliver the I-20.
4. Submit all required eligibility documentation including, an “official transcript” stamped, sealed and sent directly from all colleges attended, copies of any pilot certificates received, college entrance examination scores (ACT, SAT, CLAST or equivalent), TOFEL scores (if required), a 500 word essay entitled “Why I Want To Be A Pilot” and any material that will help the registrars office determine eligibility for enrollment and transfer credit. Note you may send an unofficial transcript for planning purposes, however the college must have an official transcript on file before the start of classes. You may email, fax or mail these documents.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the college at 772-672-8222.

IMPORTANT! Arrive at the Campus early enough allow time for the following before classes start:

  • Register for classes for the current semester
  • Make tuition payment for the classes registered for
  • Complete and sign the Enrollment Agreement and Housing Lease Agreement
  • Read and sign for acceptance of the College Catalog containing the policies of the College
  • Complete the Transportation Safety Administration information file, including the online test
  • Receive an identification badge to access the airport property

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F1 Visa for International Flight Training Students

February 17, 2012 Leave a comment

F1 Visa for International Flight Training StudentsThe F1 visa allows students from around the world to study full time in the United States at accredited primary, secondary or post-secondary academic institutions. The F1 is a non-immigrant visa, meaning it is intended for temporary visitors who do not intend to become permanent residents.

However, F1 recipients are usually eligible for 12 months of practical training (employment authorization or permission to work) during and after completing their studies. Students who take advantage of this training or other similar opportunities may in essence use F1 visas as the first step in their journeys toward permanent residence.

F1 Visa Requirements

To be eligible for an F1 visa, foreign students must possess all of the following:

  • An offer of study from an approved educational institution in America
  • Intent to travel to America for the purpose of enrollment in a full course of study (as certified by the academic institution in postgraduate or postdoctoral level study or at least 12 semester hours on the university level or equivalent)
  • A valid passport
  • Ability to prove they have sufficient funds to pay for tuition and costs for the duration of the program, although in certain circumstances the student may be given permission to work
  • Fluency in English or enrolled in an immersion course or other course that will lead to proficiency
  • Intent to return to their country of abode after expiration of the visa

Although the F1 Student Visa for the USA does not have an insurance requirement as part of the visa regulations, most F1 students who are studying in the USA will have to meet certain levels of coverage as set out by their school. To learn what requirements schools impose on international students please contact flight training school of your choosing for more information.

Once you know what your school requires in terms of insurance coverage, you can purchase your insurance plan right online through our website. The most popular and applicable plan for students on an F1 Visa is the Student Secure Health Insurance Plan.  The Student Secure provides monthly international student health insurance coverage with benefits that will meet most schools requirements.

F1 Visa & Professional Pilot Program

The F-1 visa program is designed for the international student who wishes not only to receive the FAA certificates and ratings, but also to stay on as a flight instructor to build flight time towards the ATP (Airline Transportation Pilot) Certificate. The F-1 Visa Program is valid up to 24 calendar months. For further information please consult the International Students section of our website under Visa Information for additional insurance requirements.

Aviator’s Professional Pilot Program is formatted to provide the training that the airline industry is demanding for their future commercial pilots. Participation in one of our Professional Pilot Programs will be one of the most intensive and challenging flight and study programs offered in aviation training today.

During your flight training you will fly a total of 259 flight hours, of which 200 hours will be in a multi-engine aircraft. All ground school and six months of housing are included in the cost of the Professional Pilot Program with instructor ratings. You will receive a minimum of 523 instructional hours. This program, due to the nature of the education provided is divided into two segments: Ground Training & Flight Training. The ground school portion is a structured classroom environment. During the flight training portion no FTDs (Simulators) are used for flight time requirements. The school’s new 37,000 sq. ft. flight training facilities are open daily from 7 am to 6 pm. Provisions are made to access the aircraft for flight training 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week. After your flight training you will have the opportunity as a flight instructor to build your flight time.

We require two weeks notice prior to your arrival. A deposit of $ 1,000.00 must accompany the enrollment form. This deposit will be refunded at the completion of your 24 month program.

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GoJet Comes to Aviator College

February 15, 2012 Leave a comment

GoJet Comes to Aviator CollegeThank you to GoJets!

Aviator College was thrilled to have GoJets! a TSA Holdings company hanging out with us last week. The presentation to our students and instructors was very informative. It was interesting to explore how this H.R. 5900 bill is impacting hiring practices. It was also refreshing to find out that the airlines are working on returning to a customer service focus with a professional appearance.
Although, this isn’t an issue for Aviator College students and instructors, finding out that they are only requiring 100 hours of multi time has to be a relief for a number of potential pilots. The recruiters discussed how when you are called in for an interview they will be looking for reasons not to hire you. They expressed wanting to hire individuals that they could spend 4 hours in close quarters with first and then the “pilot” second. They like diversity, curiosity, someone mechanically inclined, project and time management skills, but mostly a sense of humor and good personality.
We are looking forward to developing a more formal training and recruiting relationship with GoJets! and ensuring that it benefits our students and their airline.

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