When the FAA implemented more rigorous minimum standards (the “1,500-hour ATP” rule) for airline first officers last year, many in the industry expressed concern about a shortage of pilots meeting the requirement. Under the new regulation first officers must hold an ATP certificate, which requires 1,500 hours total time. Previously, first officers were required to have only a commercial pilot certificate, which requires just 250 hours of flight time.
For the hundreds of helicopter pilots that have trained or flown with Dr. Gordon Jiroux in a Robinson R22 over his 30-plus, accident-free years as a flight instructor and the countless others in the industry who know him, the announcement that he would receive the W.A.“Dub” Blessing Award (Flight Instructor of the Year) here at Heli-Expo 2014 was probably met with the thought, “Well, it’s about time!”
Last month Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and St. George, Utah-based SkyWest Airlines announced a new partnership in which aeronautical science students with a certified flight instructor rating (CFI) can enroll in the airline’s Pilot Cadet Program while continuing their education at Embry-Riddle. After undergoing an initial interview and a day of orientation at the airline’s training facility in Salt Lake City, students judged acceptable will receive a conditional offer of employment.
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Extension of Comment Period on Use of Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) and Pilot View Requirements for Vision Systems
This week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, John and Martha King of King Schools have announced release of a free iOS app that connects to King Schools Online Knowledge Test Courses, allowing customers to download the course video lessons. The means the video lessons can be viewed at any time, with our without an Internet connection, which King Schools said is “a great solution when traveling or when connected to a cellular data service with a limited data plan.”
The Air Safety Institute (ASI), a division of the AOPA Foundation, launched a new online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (eFIRC). Using ASI’s course, a CFI can enroll and work toward certificate renewal as early as two years before the expiration date of the certificate. ASI said new courses and updated information will be continually added, “ensuring that content remains relevant as regulations change and new aviation safety information is released.” Its eFIRC also meets the TSA’s training requirement for security awareness training for CFIs, it said.
As the August 2013 date for implementation of the new ATP safety requirement for all Part 121 pilots nears, the FlightSafety Academy announced a new program to help less experienced commercial pilots reach the 1,500-hour mark required to apply for the certificate. Called the Flight Instructor Candidate Opportunity initiative, the program will allow pilots to gain experience as a CFI that counts toward the ATP requirement while earning advanced aircraft ratings at no cost.
Student pilot Michael Graham pleaded guilty in a North Carolina U.S. District Court on May 6 to falsifying statements in connection with his submission of an FAA medical form to obtain his student pilot certificate. According to an FAA statement, Graham did not disclose his criminal or medical history or current medications on his application for an airman medical certificate, which an aviation medical examiner subsequently approved. The FAA was notified after his flight instructor became concerned about Graham’s behavior.
King Schools announced several updates and additions to its online pilot training programs this week at the Sun ’n Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla.
King Schools will release the first-ever online Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) by early summer, the company announced yesterday at the Sun ’n Fly-in in Lakeland Fla.
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