Eclipse Aviation introduced an in-house mandatory training program for customers of its Eclipse 500 very light twinjet, which includes pilot qualification and supplemental training by the University of North Dakota’s aerospace department. Jet-transition and type-rating courses will be provided free of charge with each Eclipse 500 purchased. A mandatory type-training admission evaluation, conducted by UND, will cost between $500 and $750.
Phoenix-based Westwind School of Aeronautics has teamed with SkyWest Airlines and Utah Valley State College (UVSC) in a program under which ab initio flight students can gain two- or four-year degrees online via the Internet while earning a commercial pilot and CFII certificates and instrument and multi-engine ratings, and a guaranteed SkyWest job interview.
FlightSafety Boeing Training International (FSB) opened its UK training center at London Luton Airport on July 27. The 35,000-sq-ft facility is equipped with a pair of Boeing 737-300 flight simulators, a 737-700/800 unit and a 757 device.
The aviation industry has often been heavily focused on the requirement for new-hire pilots to have a college degree, that is up until the past few years when the supply of university-educated applicants began to evaporate. Since supply and demand dictated hiring more people without a college-level education, the industry looked toward high-school graduates who have worked their way up.
As of October 28, airmen are required to carry a photo identification acceptable to the agency when exercising the privileges of a pilot certificate, according to just-published revisions to FAR Part 61. Additionally, pilots are now required to present a photo identification when requested by an authorized representative of the FAA, NTSB, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) or a law-enforcement officer.
When Nick Leontidis, CAE’s executive vice president of civil training and equipment, tossed down the gauntlet, saying, “We’re going after FlightSafety…we believe we have a better product to offer…” (AIN, July, page 64), his competitor wasn’t about to let that claim go unchallenged.
Technical and operational requirements for simulators and flight-training devices (FTDs) will be updated and consolidated into one new rule–FAR Part 60–if an FAA proposal is adopted. Part 60 would also require simulator and FTD providers to have an FAA-approved quality-assurance program, currently a voluntary item. Comments are due December 24.
European civil aviation officials have begun the year-long final process to establish the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is set to replace the JAA next September. The key difference between EASA and JAA is that its regulations will be automatically binding for European Union and JAA member nations.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has extended until March 5, 2009, the deadline for U.S. airmen (including pilots, engineers, navigators and control tower operators) to replace their airmen certificates with ones that include the ICAO language proficiency endorsement. The FAA already requires U.S.
Even under ideal circumstances, hiring pilots for a corporate operation is arduous. But when there’s a shortage of qualified pilots, the situation becomes even more difficult. Add in a slumping economy and stir in a liberal measure of the September 11 turmoil that has planted hordes of airline pilots on the street looking for work, and the decision about whom to hire can be overwhelming to even diehard aviation department managers.