Comments are due June 11 on a proposal from the FAA to increase the duration of first-class and third-class medicals for airmen under the age of 40. Currently, first-class medical certificates are valid for six months, regardless of age. Third-class medical certificates are valid for 36 months for pilots under 40.
Under a notice of proposed rulemaking published today, the FAA is seeking comments on its intention to increase the duration of first-class and third-class medicals for airmen under the age of 40. Currently, the maximum validity of a first-class medical certificate is six months, regardless of age.
Some 43 pilots in Northern California charged with making false statements on their applications for medical certifications entered plea agreements. But one went to trial and lost. Michael Pennington, a former chief pilot and maintenance director for Mountain Life Flight, an air ambulance service, was found guilty.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is now offering online courses to earn a doctorate degree in psychology or business administration. The Ph.D. program is offered to ERAU students by Northcentral University, an accredited online distance-learning school in Prescott, Ariz. Students who wish to pursue a Ph.D.
Oakland, Calif.-based Sierra Academy of Aeronautics, formerly an independently owned and operated fixed-wing, helicopter and maintenance training school that closed its doors in December, has reopened on a much smaller scale by its new owners. KS Aviation, a flight school in Stockton, Calif., acquired 38-year-old Sierra Academy and reopened the school for fixed-wing ab initio through ATP training.
FlightSafety International (FSI) is expanding its training options, offering a Web-based eLearning system that also provides a learning management system (LMS) for training tracking, monitoring and testing.
Anyone who has purchased an aircraft or airplane engine knows the process is complicated, especially when you consider the mountain of paperwork through which buyers and sellers are often required to navigate. Add in changes in the registration process and you’re sure to find more than one confused aircraft seller, buyer or broker.
NBAA said that of the 29 people who took the 175-question test, 22 passed the first Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) examination administered last October. The CAM program, developed last year, “offers a way to identify and measure the aviation-specific knowledge and management skills of current and aspiring flight department managers,” NBAA said. A second CAM exam was administered on February 26.
Two students were selected to receive NBAA’s 2004 William M. Fanning Maintenance Scholarship. Shannon Stuart Spangler and Anna Romer will receive $2,500 each to further their education as they pursue careers as aviation maintenance technicians.
More than 20 students from the Helicopter Flight program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Ariz. campus are on an extended field trip here at Heli-Expo.