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Factors Affecting Pilot’s Ability To Fly Safely

January 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Factors Affecting Pilot’s Ability To Fly SafelyThe Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) literature defines five hazardous attitudes that can undermine a pilot’s aeronautical decision making. They are antiauthority, impulsivity, invulnerability, macho, and resignation. While these terms all have negative connotations, each really represents a trait or characteristic embodied in the psyche of every human mind. The key to maintaining a safe attitude is understanding the factors that influence each of these traits and recognizing situations when these traits may become prevalent enough to compromise our decision-making ability.

The Decision-Making Process

The decision-making process involves awareness of our situation. We use judgment to evaluate various risk factors, then choose a course of action to produce a desired result. One representation of this process is called the DECIDE model. In this model, we first detect a change or deviation from our planned action. We then estimate the correction required. We choose a desirable outcome, initiate change by doing something, and evaluate the effect of this action on correcting the deviation.

Throughout this process, a pilot is called upon to evaluate five important elements: himself, the aircraft, the environment, the type of operation or flight (sightseeing, training, charter, etc.), and the situation of the other four elements.

Under normal circumstances, our decision-making process operates effectively. But when stressors are present, the decision-making process can become strained or fail altogether as the pilot fails to properly evaluate any of the five flight elements.

Stressors can be broadly categorized as physical, physiological, and psychological. Physical stressors relate to our environment and include such factors as cockpit temperature, noise, vibration and turbulence, hypoxia, and carbon monoxide. Any of these stressors can alter our perceptions to the point that we are no longer able to make realistic evaluations.

Physiological stressors are those that affect the functioning of our bodies and minds. They include such common factors as fatigue and proper nutrition.

When stressors mount, the attitudes that we normally keep in check may begin to adversely influence our decision-making ability. Our judgment becomes compromised, and we begin to slide down a slippery slope toward disaster. What’s important is that we recognize the traits within us, understand how these traits can develop into hazardous attitudes, and develop mechanisms to readjust our thought processes as we enter the zone of hazardous attitudes and dangerous decision making.


While most of us don’t like to admit it, at times we all act as if the rules don’t apply to us. If you’ve ever found yourself cruising down the highway above the posted speed limit, hurrying to make it through a yellow traffic light, or rolling past a stop sign, then you know what I’m talking about. Sometimes it seems that the rules just don’t apply in the particular circumstances, that they aren’t that important, or that we can get away with disregarding them.

When we find ourselves breaking the rules like this, we usually have ways to rationalize our behavior. “There was no traffic, and I was in a hurry…nobody was coming…conditions were perfect…you know these roads were really designed for traveling at 70 miles an hour….” Occasionally, such lapses in judgment result in an accident, but even then we are likely to find extenuating circumstances that relieve us of responsibility, such as, “That guy just came out of nowhere,” or, “There was a patch of ice on the road,” or, “He wasn’t using his turn signals.”

The same thing can happen in an airplane. To save a few seconds of time, pilots sometimes abbreviate the traffic pattern or use non-standard entries, skip checklists, or fly closer to the clouds and in poorer weather conditions than legally allowed. They rationalize these deviations with similar arguments, including, “There was nobody else in the pattern,” or, “I know the checklist by heart,” or, “I’ve done this hundreds of times.”

Psychological stressors are probably the most common cause of allowing antiauthority traits to run amuck. When we feel a strong need to get somewhere, we can feel justified in bending the rules. When our antiauthority attitude overwhelms our good judgment, we’re squarely in the danger zone.


Throughout our training, the need to react quickly-to take prompt action in response to a changing situation-is emphasized. When we hear the stall warning, we lower the nose, apply power, and level the wings. On landing, we make rapid corrections to compensate for the effects of gusty winds. When an engine fails or a fire breaks out, we respond immediately with carefully programmed actions.

A person with a hazardous impulsivity attitude may feel the need to do something-anything-quickly. But there are times when reacting too quickly can get us into trouble. Rush through a checklist, and you might miss an item. Hurry to feather a failed engine in a light twin, and you might inadvertently feather the wrong one. There are very few times when lightning-quick responses are essential to safety and survival. In most situations, including many emergencies, it’s better to take time to sort things out before committing to a course of action.


I’ve never been more shocked than the day I broke my leg skiing. I was 12 years old and way over my head on an icy slope. I lost control and slammed into an innocent bystander. My leg snapped like a frozen twig. I was dumb-founded. It was simply impossible that such a thing could happen to me. Accidents like this were only supposed to happen to other people.

Perhaps our built-in sense of invulnerability is a survival mechanism that allows us to cope with the prospect of injury or death. If we truly believed that we would be injured or killed each time we climbed into the cockpit of an airplane, we’d never turn the starter. Of course we don’t think we’re going to crash. We tend to believe that accidents happen to other pilots; besides, virtually all the factors that affect safety are under our direct control. We know that as long as we make good decisions, we should never have an accident.

However, this feeling of invulnerability should always be tempered by an equally strong sense of caution. Otherwise, this important survival mechanism becomes a serious safety liability. We may fail to stop and consider the very real risks that are involved in the actions we take.


Pilots must have a high degree of confidence in their ability to operate an airplane. Aviation is full of challenges: flight planning, decision making, computing, and navigating. Our training is designed to foster our self-image as competent, capable pilots. As aviation pioneer Beryl Markham wrote, “Success breeds confidence….” Each time we succeed in our flying, we have more confidence that we can do it again.

Sometimes our confidence outstrips our ability to safely fly the airplane. Especially when we have a strong desire to accomplish a goal, we can fool ourselves into believing that we can do something that is actually stretching the limits of our abilities.

At the extreme end of the spectrum, people with a hazardous macho attitude will feel a need to continually prove that they are better pilots than others and will take foolish chances to demonstrate their superior ability. Individuals who normally keep their macho attitude in check can be tripped up when certain psychological factors color their perception. Stresses that lead to the hurry-up syndrome or get-home-itis can cause pilots to overestimate their abilities.

Physiological stressors can also in-fluence our macho attitude. We all know that alcohol and drugs affect our decision-making abilities, but even the air we breathe can affect our perceptions. Flying high without supplemental oxygen can lead to hypoxia, which can induce feelings of elation, well-being, or belligerence. In this state, a pilot may feel secure and justified in taking unnecessary risks.


Everyone has a limit, and at some point, each of us will recognize that we have reached it and resign ourselves to the consequences. We say, “There’s nothing more I can do,” or “I can’t do that.” This resignation becomes hazardous when a pilot gives up when faced with difficult situations. Those with a hazardous resignation attitude believe that they have little control over their own destiny-that fate or bad luck is the cause of their misfortune.

Our perception of our limits can change from year to year or even minute to minute as our environment changes and physiological, psychological, and physical factors come into play.

Physical and physiological stressors probably have the greatest influence on our perceived limits. When we’re tired or feeling sick, we may become overwhelmed.

Changing Bad Attitudes

Once we recognize that our decision making might be compromised by a hazardous attitude, we can apply a corrective mechanism to our thinking. When the antiauthority attitude strikes, we need to remind ourselves that the rules are usually right. The regulations we fly by have literally been written in blood and exist for our protection.
When we find ourselves tempted to react impulsively, we can remind ourselves to think first. By reflecting briefly on a situation, we often choose a better course of action than simple reaction.

When we find ourselves thinking that bad things only happen to other pilots (invulnerability), we need to think again. Take mental note of all the factors influencing the safety of the flight. If we put these factors in the context of an accident report-our own-we can make better, more objective evaluations of our situation.

The same goes for the macho attitude. If we find ourselves about to take a chance, we need to reflect on the significance of our decision to fly. Ask yourself how important this flight will be five days or five years from now. Chances are it won’t be that important.

Finally, we need to watch out for those times when our abilities become compromised by tunnel vision. When the resignation attitude develops, we must realize that we are not helpless and force ourselves to continue thinking and flying the airplane.

It may have been a harsh step to sell that motorcycle, but the experience reinforced a valuable lesson about human nature. Nobody wants an accident, but they happen all the time. To avoid them, we must constantly make the painstakingly difficult assessment of our own mental condition. source


Pilot and Co-pilot Dereferences

Pilot and Co-pilot DereferencesIn aviation, pilots receive certificates and ratings, rather than a “license”. The certificates are as follows:

  • Sport – This is the best type of certificate for individuals who wish to fly light sport aircraft. Sport pilots cannot carry more than one passenger, and are limited to daytime flight only.
  • Private – For pilots who wish to go to any airport in the country, in any aircraft, unlimited passengers, day or night, in fair weather, this certificate is the best option. Private pilots may share the expenses related to the flight with their passengers, but may not be compensated / paid for flying people to different destinations.
  • CommercialCommercial pilots can fly for hire and are required to have higher training standards than private or sport pilots.
  • Air Transport Pilots – ATP’s as they are called, typically qualify to fly the major airliners of the US transit system. ATP’s must qualify with a range of experience and training to be considered for this certificate.

The pilot in command (PIC) of an aircraft is the person aboard the aircraft who is ultimately responsible for its operation and safety during flight. This would be the “captain” in a typical two- or three –pilot crew-, or “pilot” if there is only one certified and qualified pilot at the controls of an aircraft. The PIC must be legally certified (or otherwise authorized) to operate the aircraft for the specific flight and flight conditions, but need not be actually manipulating the controls at any given moment. The PIC is the person legally in charge of the aircraft and its flight safety and operation, and would normally be the primary person liable for an infraction of any flight rule.

Difference Between a Pilot and a Co-Pilot

All modern aircraft are flown by a two-person crew consisting of a captain and a first officer. The first officer is often referred to in a kind of shorthand slang as the ‘copilot.’ The captain normally wears four uniform stripes, and the first officer three.

That said, on any airplane requiring two pilots, you will find a Captain (a.k.a the “pilot”) and a First Officer (a.k.a. the “co-pilot”).

Here’s some background on the main difference between a pilot and a co-pilot. You see, most aviation terms have nautical origins, and just as there is only one captain on a ship, there is also only captain on a plane (the pilot in command, or PIC). He or she is the final authority for the safe operation of the vessel and is ultimately responsible for everything that happens on board. The First Officer, on the other hand, is like the first mate on a boat (the second in command, or SIC). He or she is there to advise, assist and inform the Captain as needed.

So what’s the big advantage to being a Captain? In the airlines, I’d say the two biggest advantages are 1) running the show, and 2) a significant salary bump. Lets face it, we all know what a big difference it makes to work for a great boss. As a First Officer, you constantly fly with different Captains, so you’re forced to become a chameleon, meshing your personality with each Captain’s personality and unique way of running the cockpit.

Sure, our procedures are highly standardized, but the Captain still sets the tone, and that tone can vary a LOT! Once you are the captain, you get to set the tone, not adjust to it. You get to make the big decisions, not just advise, assist and inform about them. Additionally, who wouldn’t want to earn more money? I’d say that as a rough average,

First Officers only earn about 60% of what a Captain earns.
So what’s the downside to being a Captain? Well, the biggest disadvantage is giving up accumulated seniority as a First Officer. As we’ve talked about before, seniority is everything. From monthly bidding to vacation, seniority determines everything. Would you rather make less money but be a very senior First Officer? Or would you rather be a junior Captain, on call, flying less desirable trips but making quite a bit more money?

So how do you become a Captain? While each airline is different, most airlines offer several position bids each year. This outlines how many captains and first officers are needed in each base and on each different type of plane. Then, the computer (in essence) goes down the seniority list one-by-one, asking each pilot what position he wants. Eventually, there comes a time when all the captain slots have been filled thus leaving only first officer slots left. The time it takes to upgrade varies greatly depending on how many senior pilots retire (thus freeing up captain slots) and how much the company is either growing or shrinking. For me, I’d guess it will take about 7 years with my airline to make Captain for the first time.

Day-to-day, the Captain is focused on big picture things like managing the crew, ensuring the flight plan is correct, the fuel is adequate and being the ultimate decider for any inflight situations that may arise. The First Officer focuses on the smaller picture such as making sure the cockpit switches are set correctly, the flight plan is loaded in the computer correctly, etc. That said, both pilots fly the plane, they generally just alternate who is actually piloting the plane by switching every other flight.

So as you can see, there are lots of differences between pilots and co-pilots, or Captains and First Officers.

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What is A Pilot’s Error

What is A Pilot’s ErrorPilot error (sometimes called cockpit error) occurs when the pilot is considered to be principally or partially responsible for an aircraft accident. Pilot error can be a mistake, oversight, lapse in judgement, or failure to exercise due diligence by pilots during the performance of their duties.

Usually in an accident caused by pilot error, the pilot in command is seen as making an error unintentionally. However, an intentional disregard for a standard operating procedure (or warning) is still considered pilot error, even if the pilot’s actions justified criminal charges.

The term “pilot error” makes the blood of pilots, private and commercial, run cold. This is the term used when a plane has some kind of accident that can be traced back to the pilot’s direct error, or failure to exercise due diligence. No pilot wants to make a mistake, or a bad decision during a flight. If something happens during a flight, having the accident attributed to pilot error may mean the pilot did not do all he or she could have done to have avoided the accident.

Because so much redundancy is built into every system of a commercial aircraft, the “pilot error” label takes on an additional layer of meaning. If a commercial flight accident is labeled “pilot error,” then the pilot must truly have made a major mistake. This is not necessarily the case, although some accidents point to nothing but pilot or crew error. The bottom line is that the pilot controls the aircraft and has the final word on all operations, so even a mistake made by another crew member can be called pilot error.

Private pilots are more vulnerable to the consequences of their decisions than their commercial-flying counterparts. Their aircraft are lighter and have fewer redundant systems to help avoid losing all electrical systems, for instance. In fact, one estimate says that 78 percent of all private aircraft accidents are due to pilot error. Whether this was an actual mistake on the pilot’s part or merely a decision that didn’t work out, is not specified. All are listed under the same category. Also, a pilot flying solo might be willing to take risks he or she would never take if carrying passengers (source).

The crash rate on private-pilot flights — up 20 percent since 2000 — contrasts with a roughly 85 percent drop in accidents on commercial jetliners, according to data from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. The disparity is a dark spot on decades of aviation-safety improvements, and the board is weighing how to make non-commercial flying less hazardous in a two-day forum that began today.

Many so-called general aviation accidents have resulted from pilots’ inattention to basics, according to research by a group run jointly by industry and the federal government. Pilots have overloaded planes, failed to check weather reports, and made flying mistakes that caused planes to lose lift or go out of control.

Top 10 Pilot Errors

One of the most disturbing statistics about general aviation accidents is that more than 75% of them are made because of pilot error. Top 10 pilot errors are listed below. For complete description of each error, please visit the source.

  1. Weather. The more a pilot knows about it, the better. While thunderstorms, icing and winds claim their share of airplanes, the real weather gadfly are those serene, innocent-looking clouds and their cousin, fog.
  2. CFIT. Another common pilot error that often involves weather is controlled flight into terrain (CFIT). A simplified definition of CFIT is “flying a perfectly good airplane into the ground.” If a pilot is in a cloud or in fog, he or she can’t see the ground. If the pilot isn’t doing a good job of keeping up with the terrain, an unpleasant meeting with the ground is more likely. Another time when CFIT can be a factor independent of weather is at night
  3. Poor Communication. Another boo-boo pilots seem to have an affinity for involves deficient communication. This difficulty of communicating comes in several forms. When dealing with air traffic control (ATC), pilots tend to hear what they want to hear. Good pilots anticipate what is coming next, including ATC instructions; however, this profound skill can trick the mind into “hearing” what is expected regardless of what actually filters into one’s headset.
  4. Low-Level Maneuvering. If you ever hear the words “watch this” from a pilot, look out! Pilots are notorious show-offs. How many times have you heard about the pilot who performs an impromptu air show for friends and significant others? A few low-level maneuvers later, and the plane is falling out of the sky. Some air show. The problem isn’t just that pilots are flying low to the ground; it’s this combination of flying too slow and in too tight of a turn that causes crashes.
  5. Inadequate Preflight Inspections. It’s amazing how many pilots mess up preflight inspections. A cursory walk around simply to “kick the tires” so you can hurry up and “light the fires” is beckoning for trouble. Take your time during your preflight. If you find yourself inspecting in haste, slow down. Take a comprehensive look at everything, with checklist in hand, to make sure you don’t miss anything. When you finish, scrutinize the details.
  6. Inadequate Preflight Planning. Renowned classical novelist Miguel de Cervantes wisely said “forewarned forearmed.” Those who are prepared are equipped to deal with the tasks at hand. Typically, the level of preflight preparation is proportional to how smoothly the flight goes.
  7. Failure to Use a Checklist. Lots of pilots get into the mindset that flying is like riding a bike—something you can do easily out of memory. While it’s true that 99% of the time, you’ll remember to do everything required of the checklist, it’s that remaining 1% of the time when you forget to do something that will bite. You can make sure you complete everything you need to all the time if you consistently use a checklist. Sure, you can do cockpit flows or whatever other technique you like, but back up your actions with a checklist. And don’t just blindly read it. As you go through each item, verify that the handle is in the right position or something has actually been accomplished. Just think of the number of gear-up accidents that could have been avoided if the pilots actually ran the before-landing checklist (hint: all of them!).
  8. Failure to Perform the “I’M SAFE” Checklist. Another common error of pilots is forgetting to use the “I’M SAFE” checklist. For those who have forgotten what the letters stand for, here’s a reminder: Illness, Medication, Stress, Alcohol, Fatigue and Emotion (some say E is for Eating).
  9. Running Out of Fuel. It truly is unbelievable how many pilots run out of fuel every year. It’s interesting to note that most of these incidents occur not because, say, the fueler didn’t put enough gas on board. Instead, pilots try to push it just a little bit too far, running out of gas just short of their destination.
  10. Mismanagement of Technology. Scientist and novelist C.P. Snow once said that “technology is a peculiar thing. It brings you great gifts in one hand and stabs you in the back with the other.” The mismanagement of technology is a pilot error that has come under particular scrutiny lately, as glass instrumentation has quickly been invading the cockpits of general aviation aircraft.

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Benefits of Having A Commercial Pilot License

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Benefits of Having A Commercial Pilot LicenseBecoming a commercial pilot offers whole new possibilites for your flying career. Here are some benefits to deciding to pursue your commercial pilot license (source):

  • You can be paid for your flying time. On top of being paid for your flying time, you will not be paying for the airplane, but will be logging time in your logbook.
  • The skills you learn while pursuing your commercial pilot license will enhance your safety as a pilot.
  • You will be able to control airplanes with greater skill and accuracy.
  • You will be able to perform more advanced maneuvers and emergency procedures with greater confidence.
  • The skills you learn will prepare you to carry passengers with more comfort and ease, which is to their liking.
  • You will increase your knowledge and understanding of aircraft systems.
  • You will become endorsed to operate complex airplanes. (A high-performance endorsement may also be included depending on the type of airplane you train in.)
  • You will learn many of the regulations and requirements about flight for hire, which will keep you flying legally and in good standing with the FAA.
  • You may enjoy a decrease in your insurance rates if you own your own airplane.
  • You will be able to offer your services to provide scenic flights, photography flights, ferry flights, and crop dusting to paying customers. You can also work for a skydive operation with nothing more than a commercial pilot license.
  • Training for a commercial pilot license is not only very beneficial to your career and goals, but is an incredibly fun license to work towards!
  • Even for those not planning on a career in aviation, holding a commercial pilot license looks very good on resumes.
Commercial Pilot License FAQ For Student Pilots

How much does it cost to get my commercial pilot license?
There are some variables with how you can go about getting your training for a commercial license. Depending on how you choose to train, the final price of a commercial license will vary. The costs of flight and ground instruction, checkride fees, books, test prep, and airplane rentals to receive the required instruction, can be estimated at approximately $6,500. Please refer to the pricing page for a more complete summary.

Does having my commercial pilot license mean I am able to fly jets?
Not exactly. A commercial pilot license allows you to fly for hire. There is no way to get a job flying jets or any of the airliners without having obtained a commercial pilot license. Just having the commercial license does not mean you can instantly get in the cockpit of a 737. Additional training and experience is required above just having a commercial license. However, there is no possibility of being hired for a flying job without a commercial pilot license on your resume. It is a legal requirement set forth by the FAA.

Do I have to have my instrument rating to be able to get my commercial pilot license?
No. You can take the test for becoming a commercial pilot without having already obtained your instrument rating. However, the commercial pilot license will have some restrictions on it. Since there is a requirement to log 250 hours of total time before you can test for your commercial license, most people work on their instrument rating while they are accumulating those hours in their logbook. This method makes the most sense financially for most people. However, it is not required to have your instrument rating before testing for your commercial pilot license.

What is the best way to build the 50 hours of required cross-country time that I need for a commercial pilot license?

There are many different ways to go about building your cross country time. If you are on a set budget, I recommend coming up with a plan before you get too far into your cross country time. This plan really should be formed before you start working on your instrument time since you need 50 hours of cross country time for your instrument rating.
Will we do very much instrument work while I work on my commercial license?
For a single-engine commercial pilot license, there is no instrument requirement to meet. If you are planning on adding on a multi-engine commercial license, you can plan on doing some instrument work during the multi-engine training.

Can I fly multi-engine airplanes after I get my commercial pilot license?
Having the privilege to fly a multi-engine airplane means that you need to have training specific to multi-engine airplanes. If you already have a single-engine commercial pilot license, it is just some additional training to add on a multi-engine license. It may be possible to take your single and multi-engine commercial pilot test in the same day!

I’m not planning on flying for a career. Is there any benefit to me if I get my commercial pilot license?
Definitely! Training for a commercial pilot license will increase your ability to control the airplane in everyday flying conditions, emergency situations, and more advanced flying scenarios such as short field and soft field operations. Part of obtaining your commercial pilot license involves becoming endorsed for complex airplanes, which offers a fun, and new challenge for many people. If you own your own airplane, you may be able to benefit from reduced insurance premiums. On top of all of that, a commercial pilot license looks great on a resume and can give you a very competitive edge in interviews and the workplace. Having the confidence that comes from receiving additional training will be something you and your passengers appreciate.

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The programs at Aviator Academy are designed to provide what the airline industry demands of future commercial pilots. The training you will receive at Aviator is one of the most intensive and challenging programs offered in aviation today.

Commercial Pilot Program
  • 259 Flight Hours
  • Ground School Classes
  • Pre & Post Flight Ground
  • Single Engine Private Pilot
  • Private Multi-Engine
  • Multi-Engine Instrument
  • Multi-Engine Commercial
  • Single Engine Commercial
  • Multi-Engine Flight Instructor
  • Instrument Flight Instructor
  • Single Engine Flight Instructor
  • 200 hours of Multi-Engine Time
  • Aircraft for check rides
  • Cross Country flying coast-to-coast
  • No FTDs (Simulators) used towards flight time
  • *CRJ Jet Transition Program

Please review our flight training programs and contact Aviator for details.

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Landing A Pilot Job

Landing A Pilot JobJust a few years ago, the aviation industry was going through a very difficult time. Recent reports, however, indicate that the airline industry today is positioned for a big turnaround. The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) estimates that global aviation traffic will triple between now and 2035.

Some airlines are already beginning to see big profits. Those that are not are expanding their workforces in preparation for big years to come.

With the airline industry back on the upswing, finding a job within the industry has become mush easier than it was in the past. Couple the airline economic recovery with new internet technologies and some might say finding a job in the aviation industry today is easier than it has ever been. No matter what position within the industry you seek, you are certain to find a job listing on the Internet if you know where to look.

Aviation job boards have become commonplace on the Internet. In fact, using an online aviation job board is probably the quickest way to find any position within the aviation industry. An aviation job board (sometimes called an aviation job listing service) provides its members with a list of all types of aviation industry jobs. Mechanics, baggage handlers, reservation agents, customer service agents, flight attendants, and, of course, pilots can all find listings pertaining to their fields of expertise.

To apply for jobs posted on a listing service, members can usually click on a link and automatically send their resumes to the company looking for a new hire. Resumes are stored in the job board’s database so that applying for a job takes only seconds. Many aviation job listing services will even keep track of the jobs their members apply for. This helps their members avoid accidentally applying for the same job multiple times.

Other Ways Online Job Boards Help Employees Find Work

By storing employee resumes, job boards can also furnish employers with potential hires whenever they are performing job searches. If, for example, a company is looking for pilots with 10 years of 747 experience, a job board can filter its resumes and present the employer with a list of qualified candidates. An employer might be able to make an offer to a job candidate without that candidate ever directly applying for a job.

Improving Your Odds

Experienced aviation industry professionals should find at least one job board to check frequently when looking for work. A subscription to two or more job boards will increase the number of potential job opportunities somewhat, but there will undoubtedly be some redundancy from one job board to the next. To truly increase the odds of landing a good aviation industry job, a job seeker must check a job board and post his or her resume with a listing service that sends out resumes to companies looking to hire employees without going through the traditional job posting process.

College Degree From Aviation Training School

One final note–individuals who do not have a college degree and have limited job experience may need to attend an aviation training school before they can land a premiere aviation industry job. Training schools not only prepare their students for the business, they also assist their students with job searches after graduation. As is the case with aviation job boards, aviation industry training schools can be easily found by looking online.

Aviation College Degree Programs at Aviator College

Aviator Aeronautical Science Program includes 565 flight hours and more multi-engine time than any other college or flight school. NO FTDs (Simulators) are used towards flight time requirements. Our large multi-engine fleet is equipped with Garmin 430s, and ASPEN EFIS is being introduced.

The Aeronautical Science Program prepares the graduate for a career in the aviation industry by providing a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, aeronautical sciences, aeronautical technology, and the aviation industry. The graduate will receive an Associate of Science Degree, ratings through Flight Instructor Multi-Engine, including the ratings necessary to obtain intermediate level employment. The flight training sequence for this program consists of of four flight-training modules plus additional flight training as specified in each option.


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New Pilot Bill of Rights Is Signed By The President

New Pilot Bill of Rights Is Signed By The PresidentAOPA commends President Barack Obama for signing into law the Pilot’s Bill of Rights on Aug. 3. The legislation guarantees pilots under investigation by the FAA expanded protection against enforcement actions via access to investigative reports, air traffic control and flight service recordings, and it also requires the FAA to provide the evidence being used as the basis of enforcement at least 30 days in advance of action.

The legislation, championed by Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska), co-chair of the Senate General Aviation Caucus, passed the Senate unanimously on June 29. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), co-chair of the House GA Caucus, and GA Caucus member Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) shepherded the measure through the House, which passed on July 23.

“This law is good news for pilots,” said AOPA President Craig Fuller. “Having access to all available information, including FAA data, is critical for pilots who find themselves under investigation or whose certificates may be in jeopardy. We are pleased that the President signed this measure and commend Senator Inhofe and all of the bill’s supporters for taking action to protect the freedom to fly.”

Whether you are a pilot student in flight school or a proud owner of a pilot license, Congratulations! Now, the sky is the limit wink☺)
Embrace the aviation community. Outlined below we have listed Aviation News and Shows calendar covering the period of August 2012-December 2012. For complete details and next year aviation events, please visit Avbuyer


Date: 15 Aug 2012 – 17 Aug 2012
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Organiser: ABAG

Labace has established itself as the world’s second largest business aviation fair, and as Latin America’s largest. During the three days of last year’s fair, the exhibitors, among them the largest players in the world market, welcomed over 15,000 visitors. For 2012, the outlook is no different. Even though more exhibition area is available, competition for spaces remains fierce.

California Aricraft Expo

Date: 18 Aug 2012 – 18 Aug 2012
Location: Orange County Airport (KSNA)
Organiser: Pacific Air Center
California’s leading aircraft manufacturers and dealers are working together to sponsor the California Aircraft expo where the latest models of general aviation aircraft will be on display at one venue. Three separate events will be scheduled to take place in 2012 where prospective buyers can see the newest aircraft from Cessna, Piper, Hawker Beechcraft, Diamond, Husky, Pilatus, Lancair, Cirrus and more. These free events also incorporate the ownership services you may need in acquiring your aircraft with representatives from AirFleet Capital, Aviation Tax Consultants and Wings Insurance.

John Wayne / Orange County Airport (KSNA)

August 18th
Lyon Air Museum – Martin Aviation
19300 Ike Jones Road
Santa Ana, CA 92707

2012 AOPA Shanghai International General Aviation Show

Date: 28 Aug 2012 – 30 Aug 2012
Location: Shanghai, China
Organiser: Aviatrade Asia

2012 AOPA Shanghai International General Aviation Show is a high end show of static state, internationalization and tradability. By virtue of the Theme Pavilion of 2010 Shanghai World Expo, we will engage ourselves in communication, cooperation and trade, provide first-class promotion and service, and actively promote the Chinese products of super quality and competitive price to the world. Meanwhile, we will also invite many professionals from Asian emerging economies to share the world leading technology and product of general aviation industry and purchase the appropriate and preferable equipment, making 2012 AOPA a professional general aviation trade show with great glamour in East Asia.

CIBAS 2012

Date: 4 Sep 2012 – 7 Sep 2012
Location: Flight Inspection Center of CAAC
Organiser: World Events Agency

The Chinese International Business Aviation Show – CIBAS – aims at building, in China, the biggest and most efficient international platform for the professionals of the Business Aviation industry.

During 4 days, Chinese International Business Aviation Show 2012 will bring together and nearly all manner of people involved in Business Aviation, making it the annual meeting place for the Chinese Business Aviation community.

The exhibition will bring together Buyers, Corporate, VVIPs, Business Leaders professionals of the industry, and nearly all the people and companies involved in this industry: Pilots, Manufacturers, Suppliers, airline leaders, Airlines, Government & Aeronautics Officials, Media specialized in aviation themes, Members of aviation association etc., making it the annual meeting place for the Chinese business aviation community, as well as exhibitors and visitors from around the world.

Arizona Aircraft Expo

Date: 7 Sep 2012 – 8 Sep 2012
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Organiser: Pacific Air Center

Arizona’s leading aircraft dealers are working together to create the 4th Annual Arizona Aircraft Expo where the latest models of general aviation aircraft will be on display at one venue. Three separate events are scheduled to take place over the remainder of the year where the general public and prospective buyers can see the newest technologically advanced aircraft from Cessna, Beechcraft, Diamond, Piper, Lancair, Quest, Husky, Pilatus and more. These free events also incorporate the ownership services you may need in acquiring your aircraft with representatives from Aviation Tax Consultants, AirFleet Capital, Pinnacle Aviation Insurance and Airport Property Specialists.

ILA Berlin Air Show

Date: 11 Sep 2012 – 16 Sep 2012
Location: Berlin ExpoCenter, Berlin, Germany
Organiser: Messe Berlin GmbH

Located in one of Europe’s most popular trade fair cities, ILA Berlin Air Show offers unrivaled coverage of all aspects of the international aerospace industry. With 1,153 exhibitors from 47 countries, about 235,000 visitors and business agreements worth a total of at least 16.5 billion dollars, ILA is one of the world’s largest aerospace trade shows.

Managing Technical Aspects of a Lease

Date: 12 Sep 2012 – 12 Sep 2012
Location: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Ireland
Organiser: Everest Events

A look at technical maintenance issues and discussing the trends in technical development in aircraft leases. It is a practical look at the difficulties and challenges of maintenance issues covering; how to estimate the right rate and a look at the variations on airframes and engines. It will provide an understanding of lessor processes and procedures and will also be of value also to airline personnel as it will provide the rational behind lessors activities.

BAE 2012

Date: 12 Sep 2012 – 13 Sep 2012
Location: Biggin Hill Airport, London
Organiser: MIU Events
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Taking place at London’s Historic Biggin Hill Airport, the 2nd Annual BAE 2012 will comprise an expo, a static display of aircraft, a conference and a networking party. The event will once again be free for all to attend. BAE will provide an essential meeting place for all those involved in the Business and Private Aviation Sectors in Europe today and a showcase for the latest technologies and aircraft. The event will attract the most influential industry leaders, buyers and decision-makers. For further details, visit the website:

Airworthiness Training Seminar

Date: 13 Sep 2012 – 13 Sep 2012
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Ireland
Organiser: Everest Events

This new unique training seminar will give delegates the background to the EASA Part-M Continuing Airworthiness Management and the effects and practical implications to aircraft operators, lessors and CAMO organisations.

NBAA – Business Aviation Regional Forum

Date: 20 Sep 2012 – 20 Sep 2012
Location: Clay Lacy Aviation, Seattle, WA, USA
Organiser: National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)

NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums bring current and prospective business aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers, customers and other industry personnel together for a one-day event at the best airports and FBOs in the nation.

Aircraft Interiors Expo

Date: 25 Sep 2012 – 27 Sep 2012
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Organiser: Reed Exhibitions Ltd

Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas – the only dedicated aircraft interiors event in the Americas region
Taking place in Seattle September 25 – 27, Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas will be showcasing the very latest in cabin design and innovations featuring cabin management systems, seating products, soft furnishings and more.

Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas, already over 80% sold, will deliver 3 days of unrivalled networking opportunities where buyers from around the world come to see the latest product innovations.

International Airport Expo

Date: 25 Sep 2012 – 27 Sep 2012
Location: Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, USA
Organiser: International Airport Expo
The 2012 event is expected to be 20% larger than the successful 2010 event, with over 100 exhibitors taking stand space.

International Airport Expo

Date: 26 Sep 2012 – 28 Sep 2012
Location: China International Exhibition Centre
Organiser: Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd

Now in its 10th year and 5th show cycle, inter airport China 2012 will present you with:
• The Largest Indoor Exhibition Space
• The Largest Outdoor Exhibition Space
• The Largest Number of Exhibitors
• The Largest German Pavilion
Please join us this September in Beijing, and be part of the growing number of visitors!

AOPA Aviation Summit 2012

Date: 11 Oct 2012 – 13 Oct 2012
Location: Palm Springs, CA, USA
Organiser: AOPA (UK)

AOPA Aviation Summit 2012 is located in beautiful Palm Springs, California October 11-13. Summit is home to over 60 hours of educational programming, more than 400 booths on the exhibit hall floor, AOPA Live, social events and much more. You can’t afford to miss the one event where aviation meets.
Aircraft Asset Management Training Seminar
Date: 29 Oct 2012 – 30 Oct 2012

Location: Novotel, Hong Kong
Organiser: Everest Events
This annual aviation seminar will look at and discuss Asset Management philosophies and practical measures for the current environment in this worldwide business.

NBAA2012 – Annual Meeting & Convention

Date: 30 Oct 2012 – 1 Nov 2012
Location: Orlando, FL, USA
Organiser: National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)

NBAA2012 represents the most productive and efficient opportunity for business – all in one place, all at one time. There’s no other aviation event that can match it – the key operators and industry leaders will meet in Orlando, FL to conduct business, make buying decisions and set the stage for business aviation activity for the year ahead.

California Aircraft Expo

Date: 3 Nov 2012 – 3 Nov 2012
Location: Carlsbad Airport (KCRQ)
Organiser: Pacific Air Center

California’s leading aircraft manufacturers and dealers are working together to sponsor the California Aircraft expo where the latest models of general aviation aircraft will be on display at one venue. Three separate events will be scheduled to take place in 2012 where prospective buyers can see the newest aircraft from Cessna, Piper, Hawker Beechcraft, Diamond, Husky, Pilatus, Lancair, Cirrus and more. These free events also incorporate the ownership services you may need in acquiring your aircraft with representatives from AirFleet Capital, Aviation Tax Consultants and Wings Insurance.

Dubai Helishow 2012

Date: 6 Nov 2012 – 8 Nov 2012
Location: Grand Stand, Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, U.A.E
Organiser: The Domus Group – UK

Dubai Helishow – the biennial Helicopter Technology & Operations Exhibition will next take place 6th – 8th November 2012 at the Grand Stand, Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This will be the fifth in the series since its launch in 2004 and is held under the Patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

Arizona Aircraft Expo

Date: 9 Nov 2012 – 10 Nov 2012
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Organiser: Pacific Air Center

Arizona’s leading aircraft dealers are working together to create the 4th Annual Arizona Aircraft Expo where the latest models of general aviation aircraft will be on display at one venue. Three separate events are scheduled to take place over the remainder of the year where the general public and prospective buyers can see the newest technologically advanced aircraft from Cessna, Beechcraft, Diamond, Piper, Lancair, Quest, Husky, Pilatus and more. These free events also incorporate the ownership services you may need in acquiring your aircraft with representatives from Aviation Tax Consultants, AirFleet Capital, Pinnacle Aviation Insurance and Airport Property Specialists.

Airshow China 2012

Date: 13 Nov 2012 – 18 Nov 2012
Location: Zhuhai Guangdong, China
Organiser: Airshow China
China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (namely Airshow China) is the only international aerospace trade show in China that is endorsed by the Chinese central government. It features the display of real-size products, trade talks, technological exchange and flying display. Since 1996, the show has been successfully held in Zhuhai in every even-number year for eight sessions. Airshow China 2012 will take place from Nov. 13-18, 2012.


Date: 28 Nov 2012 – 30 Nov 2012
Location: Prague Congress Centre
Organiser: Central Europe Private Aviation
As momentum builds for the third annual CEPA Expo 2012 at the Prague Congress Centre (29th to 30th November), CEPA is pleased to announce a joint initiative with networking event ‘The Business Aviation Supper Club’. CEPA Expo will uniquely kick off with the hugely popular social networking and dining club on the evening of 28th November at the Hotel Corinthia.

California Aircraft Expo

Date: 1 Dec 2012 – 1 Dec 2012
Location: Long Beach Airport (KLGB)
Organiser: Pacific Air Center
California’s leading aircraft manufacturers and dealers are working together to sponsor the California Aircraft expo where the latest models of general aviation aircraft will be on display at one venue. Three separate events will be scheduled to take place in 2012 where prospective buyers can see the newest aircraft from Cessna, Piper, Hawker Beechcraft, Diamond, Husky, Pilatus, Lancair, Cirrus and more. These free events also incorporate the ownership services you may need in acquiring your aircraft with representatives from AirFleet Capital, Aviation Tax Consultants and Wings Insurance.

MEBA 2012

Date: 11 Dec 2012 – 13 Dec 2012
Location: Al Maktoum Intl Airport, U.A.E
Organiser: MEBAA

MEBA (Middle East Business Aviation) is the Middle East’s premier business aviation show. In addition to the main exhibition, the event features a static aircraft display of all the latest business jets on the market; as well as a conference focusing on the latest trends and issues in business aviation.

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Commercial Pilot License Training

Commercial Pilot License TrainingThe Federal Aviation Administration issues commercial pilot licenses to those who pass FAA commercial pilot written and flight examinations. These licenses allow pilots to fly aircraft for pay, and are prerequisites for pilot jobs with airlines, charter companies, business aviation departments, air tour outfits and other aircraft operators. To qualify for the FAA tests, individuals must complete an FAA-approved commercial pilot training program.

Classroom Training

Federal aviation regulations require students pursuing commercial pilot licenses to undergo ground-based classroom-style training or an approved commercial pilot home study course. This training must cover all aspects of commercial flying, including FAA regulation knowledge, air navigation, meteorological interpretation and weather avoidance and aircraft structures and systems. In addition, commercial pilot classroom training must include instruction on Morse code and air traffic control communication, as well as discussion of advanced aircraft maneuvers, such as chandelles, emergency descents, aggravated stalls and spin recovery.

Flight Requirements

Commercial pilot applicants must be at least 18 years old and have the required amount of flight experience to earn a license. The total amount of flight time required to earn a commercial license varies depending on the type of aircraft. It can range from 150 hours (for helicopters) to 250 hours (for single and multi-engine aircraft).

Flight Maneuvers And Procedures

Prospective commercial pilots must receive training on several advanced flight maneuvers before taking the FAA certification tests. Individuals learn emergency descent procedures, in which they execute banking dives to get to lower altitudes in case of aircraft depressurization. In addition, prospective commercial pilots learn to recover aircraft from aggravated aeronautical stalls and execute advanced aircraft maneuvers such as chandelles, which are high-power climbing turns, and eights-on-pylons, which are maneuvers that allow pilots to navigate solely by reference to the ground. Prospective airplane commercial pilots also need to receive some training in “complex” aircraft, which have retractable gear, constant-speed propellers and flaps.

Cross Country Flight

Individuals undergoing commercial pilot training must also receive training on “cross-country flights,” which are flights from one airport to another airport located at least 50 nautical miles away]. During these flights, students must acquire knowledge on flight planning, fuel management, aerial navigation and air traffic control procedures. Before taking the FAA commercial pilot flight test, a student must complete a “long cross-country flight,” consisting of a flight to another airport at least 50 nautical miles away with a total trip distance of at least 250 nautical miles.

Flight Time

FAA regulations require commercial pilot students to amass certain amounts of flying time before taking the commercial pilot certification tests. A student receiving training at an unstructured “Part 61” flight school must have a minimum of 250 hours of total flying time, 100 hours of “pilot-in-command” time, which is time spent as the final authority of a flight operation. In addition, she must have at least 50 hours of cross-country flying time. Students who train at structured “Part 141″ schools only need 190 hours of flying time before earning commercial licenses and  need not possess the 50 hours of cross-country time required of Part 61 students.

Pro Pilot Programs at Aviator Academy

The pilot programs at Aviator Academy are designed to provide what the airline industry demands of future commercial pilots. The training you will receive at Aviator is one of the most intensive and challenging programs offered in aviation today.  The school’s new 37,000 sq. ft. training facilities are open from 7 am to 6 pm daily and provisions are made to access the aircraft for flight training 24 hours-a-day, rain or shine.

During your flight training you will fly a total of 259 hours, of which 200 hours will be in a multi-engine aircraft. The ground school portion is a structured classroom environment. You will receive a minimum of 643 instructional hours, including all of the ground and flight training. Student housing is on a contract basis, pricing is selected from the options below, terms included in the students’ enrollment agreement are as follows: Private Pilot program includes 6 months of housing, if you come with a PPL 5 months will be included. Commercial Pilot program includes 4 months of housing, if you come with a PPL 3 months will be included. After your flight training, you will have the opportunity to become an entry level flight instructor.

Please provide two weeks advance notice before arrival so that we may reserve your accommodations. A deposit of $ 500.00 is required and should be submitted with the enrollment form. This deposit will be held on account and refunded upon completion of the program. Payments will be made in three equal installments according to the contract.

*Aviator is pleased to announce, that with the recent increase of airline hiring we are now Including the CRJ Jet Transition program with the Professional Pilot Program and the Commercial Pilot Program

Contact Aviator Flight Training Academy to find out the details of the pro pilot program your are interested in or schedule a visit.

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