The FAA’s proposed Part 60 “Flight Simulation Device Initial and Continuing Qualification and Use” continues slowly on its journey toward implementation, but obstacles still stand in the way. As proposed, the new regulation would replace several existing advisory circulars and implement greater organization and structure to the construction, qualification and use of all types of flight simulation devices.
“We’re having trouble getting students. Becoming an A&P mechanic doesn’t seem to be as attractive to students coming out of high school as it used to be,” suggested Laura Hopkins, associate dean of aviation at South Seattle Community College, Seattle.
They say that turnabout is fair play, and that’s evidently what a proactive North Carolina tobacco grower thought he was doing when he sued a local high school over its use of a helicopter to place an air conditioner on its rooftop. This, after he had been refused permission to operate a helicopter from his own land without a permit.
Gulfstream Aerospace has awarded FlightSafety International a five-year contract to perform maintenance technician training at its Savannah, Ga. factory. The contract also includes training for all other Gulfstream
FlightSafety International’s Teterboro, N.J., learning center is now qualified to conduct FAA-approved Part 91 and 135 training for flight attendants. The initial course is five days. Flight attendant training is also offered by FlightSafety in Atlanta and Savannah, Ga.
People become packrats because they believe it never fails that they will need something the day after they’ve discarded it. Then one day they look at the bulging file cabinets and closets and decide to purge everything. Unfortunately, neither extreme is a good idea.
The University of North Dakota (UND) has ordered a Cessna Citation Mustang for flight training and executive transport. UND is the first flight school to order Cessna’s light jet. Cessna (Booth No. 8550) said it plans to deliver 44 Mustangs this year.
Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth No. 7666) has received FAA approval to become an aircraft dispatcher training course provider and is now offering the course to the general public.
The first public six-week course began September 10. The next is scheduled to start November 5.
New technology and tactics are changing flight training against the backdrop of a declining pilot base, fewer student pilot starts and a shortage of flight instructors.
The FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Fla., has a reputation for highly trained graduates with the skills and knowledge to move into the right seat of turbine aircraft. Historically the emphasis has been on the regional airline market, but the post-9/11 environment had a devastating effect on the Academy’s enrollment.