Sometimes it really is good to be the biggest airplane in the pattern. Just ask the JetBlue Airways crew who brought a company Airbus A-321 into Sun ’n’ Fun on April 2, as part of an airlift of teenagers and twenty-somethings, all students or up-and-coming pilots, dispatchers and mechanics (and more) participating in JetBlue’s high school outreach, Gateway and College Crew programs around the country.
Aerobatic airshow ace Patty Wagstaff, who’s performing on Thursday and Saturday here at Sun ’n’ Fun 2014 in Lakeland, and Extra aircraft distributor Southeast Aero have teamed up to create the Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School in St. Augustine, Fla. (KSGJ), where both Wagstaff and the company are based. With an aerobatic box adjacent the airport’s primary runway, St. Augustine has long been a magnet for sport aviation and top aerobatic performers.
The FAA released two proposed advisory circulars last week–AC 120-UPRT and AC 120-109A–to establish new guidelines for pilot upset training. These draft rules were developed as part of the qualification, service and use of crewmembers and aircraft dispatchers final rule published on November 12 last year.
As part of its ongoing efforts to promote aviation careers, AAR Aircraft Services most recently hosted a career day tour and job skills workshop for 40 sophomores and juniors from Miami Central High School.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide is holding its second massive open online course (MOOC) from April 7 to May 11 on human factors in aviation accidents. The free course is limited to 2,000 students and will cover “the mental and physical factors that contribute to aviation accidents,” according to the university. Students can view lectures and complete assignments on their own schedules and participate in live sessions and interact with other students on discussion boards and social media.
Cristina Gonzalez, a master of science in safety science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is looking for input on her final graduate research project on the standardization of English in international aviation. She has set up an anonymous survey to learn more about how the English language proficiency requirement fits into the world of aviation today.
Thirty-four students have graduated from the Aircraft Structures Training Program founded in part by the West Virginia-based aviation employment services company HQ Aero Management (US), which is exhibiting here at Booth No. 3530. HQ Aero entered into a partnership with Workforce West Virginia and local aviation companies to create the eight-week training program at Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont, W.Va. in 2013. The fourth class of 12 students will graduate in March.
Are you an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University alum, from any of the university’s many campuses? Join the fun and meet your compatriots on Wednesday February 26 in the Tiffany Terrace of the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim. The get-together, sponsored by Universal Helicopters, is open to current Embry-Riddle (Booth No. 4815) students with an Eagle Card, too. RSVP to ERalumni@erau.edu.
Facing “the perfect storm” of workforce issues, the aerospace industry has long needed tools to help attract future leaders and then assist them in finding the collegiate program and degree track needed to enter the industry, Tara Harl, president of Aviation Workforce Development (AWD), told AIN.
Gulfstream Aerospace has established a four-year college scholarship for eligible seniors attending West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA) in Grand Rapids. WMAA is a tuition-free public charter high school that offers an aviation education, along with a “rigorous” academic curriculum.
Gulfstream will award a $60,000 scholarship to one WMAA graduating senior each year from 2014 to 2017, totaling $240,000. Students will be selected on the basis of financial need, academic performance and enrollment in an aviation-related degree path at an accredited higher education institution.