Cutting Edge Helicopter Training School opened its doors to student pilots in Derry, Northern Ireland, in late March. Jason Porter, owner of Cutting Edge Helicopters, is employing two Robinson R22s and one R44. There are two instructors and one examiner. According to Porter, the training environment features a steady flow of commercial traffic and a range of instrument procedures.
A former instructor at bankrupt and defunct helicopter school Silver State Helicopters has opened his own flight school in New Braunfels, Texas. Derrick Smith opened Veracity Aviation two weeks after Silver State’s collapse in February. The school operates one Robinson R22 and has eight students.
With the opening of its new 67,000-sq-ft training center in Orlando, Fla. last October, Pan Am International Flight Academy underscored its intention to further expand into the business of simulator training for business aviation.
Effective July 11 the Cincinnati Class B airspace was reconfigured to eliminate the portion of the airspace over Claremont County Airport (area G), expand the lateral limits of area C, reduce the lateral limits of area F and raise the upper limit of the entire Class B airspace from 8,000 ft msl to 10,000 ft msl.
Some FlightSafety International students will start evaluating a prototype biometric student identification card at the company’s facility in Vero Beach, Fla., where much foreign-airline ab initio training is conducted. The card, developed by the National Air Transportation Association, contains a photograph and fingerprint of the student.
The latest iteration of what was the Visionaire Vantage single-engine jet still has a pulse, although progress has slowed considerably. The twin-engine EV-20 design is now in the hands of engineering students at Iowa State University.
Danielle Vezina, aviation maintenance coordinator for Daniel Webster College, is the first aviation professional in the U.S. to be credentialed as a certified aviation maintenance engineer.
Raylene Alexander, a professor at Kansas State University-Salina, has created a mentoring program for female airframe and powerplant students in the
The FAA in January awarded Eclipse 500 type rating training approval to Mesa Falcon Field, Ariz.-based Sabena Airline Training Center. Managing director Kris Van den Bergh said the center is the first center worldwide to offer Eclipse 500 type rating courses. The training center received its first Eclipse 500 in August. The course takes 10 to 15 days to complete, and the first class will be offered this month.
As more students come forward to say they believe they were swindled by the country’s biggest civil helicopter flight school, attorney general offices in several states are looking into the activities surrounding the bankruptcy of Silver State Helicopters.