Aircraft pilot – Pilotin Fri, 11 Jun 2021 14:29:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Aircraft pilot – Pilotin 32 32 The ATP flight school paves the way for the new pilot training center in Fort. Myers, Florida Fri, 11 Jun 2021 14:00:00 +0000

With an expected post-pandemic airline pilot shortage, the new 19,000 square foot building will increase ATP’s ability to train the next generation of pilots

FORT MYERS, Florida., June 11, 2021 / PRNewswire / – ATP Flight School Innovates and Begins Construction of New Page Field (FMY) Pilot Training Center in Fort. Myers, Florida. With an expected post-pandemic airline pilot shortage, the new 19,000 square foot building will increase ATP’s ability to train the next generation of pilots.

With 9,000 square feet of classroom, briefing and simulation space, ATP will exclusively use the facility to train aspiring pilots in the Pilot Airline Career Program. Starting from zero experience, students are on the fastest path to an airline pilot career, graduating in just nine months. Adjacent to the training center will be a 10,000 square foot maintenance center dedicated to the expert inspection and maintenance of ATP training feet.

ATP is already operating in Fort. Myers Page field and took delivery of new Piper Archers. Twenty-five of those Garmin G1000 NXi-equipped planes will be delivered throughout 2021, as ATP increases training capacity across the country.

With future pilot retirements exceeding the capabilities of the training industry, ATP has expanded access to airline pilot training throughout Florida. In addition to Fort. Myers, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Stuart, and Tampa sites, ATP opened training centers this spring at Sarasota, Land of lakes, and Boca Raton.

“A shortage of 12,000 pilots is expected by 2023, according to the analysis of Olivier Wyman, and pilots in training will now be well placed to take advantage of this opportunity, ”said Michael arnold, Director of Marketing, ATP Flight School. “The new ATP facility will provide aspiring pilots at Fort Myers with the best training and resources so they can get to the airlines first and establish their careers as quickly as possible.”

Airline Career Pilot Program course dates begin every Monday at the Ft. Myers site, with construction of the new training center expected to be completed in January 2022.

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Delta pilot finds note in cockpit describing previous pilot’s “chilling” airplane experience Thu, 10 Jun 2021 19:58:48 +0000

(NEXSTAR) – A Delta pilot flying out of California recently discovered a note from the former captain of the plane detailing a “very frightening” experience landing at the same airport more than a year ago. year.

First Officer Nick Perez, who has flown with Delta Air Lines for just under five years, found the handwritten letter on June 1 as he prepared to pull one of Delta’s A321 planes out of the airport ground of Victorville, California. The plane had been parked at the facility 435 days earlier amid falling demand for air travel in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As Perez soon learned, the note was left on purpose by First Officer Chris Dennis, who had stored it in a tray table on the flight deck.

Dennis had flown the A321 to Victorville from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) on March 23, 2020. Upon landing, he felt compelled to document his feelings upon seeing rows and rows other planes out of service and imagining what that can be a signal for the airline industry.

“Hey pilots, it’s March 23rd and we’ve just arrived from MSP. It’s very scary to see so many of our fleet here in the wilderness, ”Dennis wrote. “If you’re here to pick it up, the light must be at the end of the tunnel. Amazing how quickly this has changed. Have a good flight out of storage! “

Chris Dennis left the note as a sort of “time capsule” after seeing a “shocking” number of out of service planes parked at the Victorville airport. (Delta Air Lines / Chris Dennis)

As Dennis later told Delta, he was unaware he was transporting the plane to Victorville for storage when he left MSP and only became aware of the plane’s plight as it approached. final. After landing, he was ordered to bring the plane behind a “tracking vehicle” that would drive the plane to a parking spot next to a “shocking” amount of other parked planes.

“I thought about the number of jobs of people who depend on just one of these planes,” Dennis told Delta. “From the booking agent, to the ticket agent, to the pilot, to the flight attendants, to the mechanics, to the flight crew. Then you go further: the car rental agency, hotels, tourism companies.

On Facebook, Dennis also described the moment as “apocalyptic” and “surreal,” comparing it to the grounding of all flights immediately after the 9/11 attacks.

“It’s horrible,” he wrote of the pandemic’s effect on the travel industry. “Please stay indoors, social distanced, and let it go quickly.”

After finding the letter on June 1, Perez said he could imagine how Dennis was feeling.

“He must have thought he was quitting his job. In March, I was 100% sure I was going to lose my job, ”he told Delta.

Perez also said that there now appears to be a “light” at the end of the tunnel, just as Dennis had hoped.

“[Back then], we were getting good at landing empty planes, now we’re headed in the right direction. I am in a good mood. I am very optimistic. I feel what I felt in 2017 again – ready to go.

]]> 0 CSU student completes first solo flight under new aviation program Wed, 09 Jun 2021 16:25:54 +0000

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – A Charleston Southern University student made history this week by becoming the college’s first aviation student to perform a solo flight.

Harrison Hunt took to the skies in a Diamond DA-20 aircraft, which he called a “next-level” liberating experience.

“I was a little anxious at first because I knew I would be on my own without an instructor as a safety net,” he said. “But the sense of accomplishment and knowing that I had taken a giant leap to be a pilot has largely overshadowed it.”

The college said Hunt has dreamed of being a pilot for as long as he can remember. The second year of CSU changed its major to engineering aeronautics during the first year.

“Initially, I had planned to be an engineer to pay for a flight school and later become a pilot, but when CSU announced the aviation program, I knew I couldn’t let this chance slip through my fingers.” , did he declare.

Charleston South announced in August of last year that it would begin offering a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics in fall 2021 and began offering a three credit aeronautics course – Introduction to Pilot Training – Fall latest.

Students who enroll in the program can choose between three main avenues to become a commercial pilot: commercial aviation, military, or missionary.

US Air Force Col. Christopher “CJ” Will (retired) is the founding chair of the new CSU Department of Aeronautics, located within the College of Science and Mathematics.

Col. Will said a typical student would go solo after 10 to 12 hours of training on the plane, depending on progress through the training program. But some can play solo in as little as eight hours.

Charleston Southern University is partnering with CRAFT Flight Training and Simulation to provide FAA-approved simulators for flight instruction.

In the video recorded by Hunt of the first solo flight, you may not be able to distinguish the real from the simulated experience. Colonel Will said the new simulators are just realistic.

“I love her opening narration, ‘Let’s go!’ Colonel Will said of the recording. “Harrison is an exceptional student and is also doing very well in the CSU Air Force ROTC program.”

Two students are now flying in the summer session; however, a full cohort begins this fall with over 30 students expected in the inaugural class.

Colonel Will said the requests far exceeded expectations.

The CSU Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics (Commercial Pilot) officially begins this fall and is the only college program in the state of South Carolina.

Will is looking to expand the CSU program and expects the first diverse group of professional pilots to graduate from the program in 2025.

Students in the Professional Flying Program will complete semester flight training at Summerville or Charleston International Airports aboard safe and modern Diamond aircraft.

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Pilot killed in plane crash at Porterville airport identified as Air National Guard pilot on leave Tue, 08 Jun 2021 23:15:00 +0000 PORTERVILLE, Calif. (KFSN) – The pilot who was killed after his plane crashed at Porterville Municipal Airport on Monday afternoon has been identified.

The 144th Fighter Wing in Fresno identified the pilot as Lt. Col. Billy “Taz” Sullivan. He was the only person on board.

They said in a statement: “He was at the peak of his career in the Air Force and in the Air Force and truly the future of the 144th Fighter Wing. Our condolences and condolences go out to his wife, Diane, as well as her family and friends. “

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane crashed around 2:20 p.m., shortly after takeoff. The aircraft has also been identified as an RV-6A, a home-built single-engine aircraft sold as a kit by Van’s Aircraft.

The aircraft caught fire on the ground near the end of the runway. Firefighters from the city of Porterville intervened and extinguished the flames.

Authorities say it was a private plane.

Sullivan was attempting to return to the airport when the crash occurred, according to the FAA.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the causes of the crash.

The airport was closed for at least 12 hours.

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Plane rides and fun activities planned at the airport Tue, 08 Jun 2021 06:45:05 +0000

The public will have the opportunity to admire Seymour from the air during the annual Air Ride Day at the Freeman Army Airfield Museum.

The event, which runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will give adults, children and families the chance to board planes with pilots flying over the city.

A tax deductible donation of $ 20 per person will be accepted and the proceeds will go to the museum. Air travel will be in front of the museum, 1035 Ave., at the large white tent.

The event is popular with children and pilots can even help them locate their home from the air during the flight.

The waivers of each passenger must be signed before each trip. Those under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign for them. Reservations are not necessary.

Museum curator Larry Bothe said there would be 12 pilots among seven planes for the rides. Each pilot has at least 500 flight hours, as required by the Federal Aviation Administration.

“Most pilots have over 1,000 hours of experience,” he said. “Plus, most planes have four seats, so pilots can only take three passengers at a time.”

The weight limit for one passenger is around 250 pounds and the combined weight of the three passengers cannot exceed 450 pounds, Bothe said.

“There will also be 23 volunteers on the ground to help because you also have to maintain safety on the ground, not just safety in the air,” he said. “About two-thirds of the people attending the event are children, and sometimes they run around unsupervised, so we need to keep them safe.”

Passengers will be escorted to and from planes for added safety by volunteers called loaders.

The Seymour Fire Department will dispatch a fire engine to the scene along with a few firefighters who are also emergency medical technicians in case someone needs emergency assistance.

“A few members of the Seymour Police Department will also be here,” Bothe said. “We asked them to bring their indestructible tank-like tactical vehicle, and the kids love it.”

Participants will be able to ride in the Robinson Aerobatic 500 horsepower Steamin Stearman biplane for an additional fee. Prices are $ 120 for a gentle ride and $ 150 for a wild ride. One person at a time can participate in this airplane tour.

A glider and other planes and military vehicles will also be on display at the airport during Saturday’s event, and food and drink will be available for purchase.

While participating in Airplane Ride Day, the public can also visit the two museum buildings for free. They include items from the days when the Freeman Army Airfield was in operation.

There are two story rooms when the area served as a training base for pilots flying advanced twin-engine aircraft during WWII.

The airfield was built primarily to train pilots of advanced twin-engine aircraft, including some of the Tuskegee aviators, between 1942 and 1945. The airfield graduated 4,237 pilots between 19 promotions.

If you are going to

What: Freeman Army Airfield Museum Day Plane Ride

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday

Where: Plane flights will be in front of the Freeman Army Airfield Museum, 1035 Ave., Seymour, in the Large White Tent.

Cost: Plane flights for a tax deductible donation of $ 20 per person; additional fees are required for biplane aerobatics (light ride $ 120 and wild ride $ 150); food and drinks will be available for purchase

Free activities: Visits to the Freeman Army Airfield museum and exhibition of gliders, airplanes and military vehicles

Information: Larry Bothe at 812-521-7400

]]> 0 Navy and Boeing Make Aviation History with MQ-25 Becoming First Unmanned Aircraft to Refuel Another Aircraft | state Mon, 07 Jun 2021 12:10:00 +0000

ST. LOUIS, June 7, 2021 / PRNewswire / – For the first time in history, the US Navy and Boeing [NYSE: BA] demonstrated aerial refueling using an unmanned aircraft – the Boeing-owned MQ-25™ T1 test asset – to refuel another aircraft.

During a test flight June 4, the MQ-25 T1 successfully extended the hose and drug from its US Navy-issued Air Refueling Store (ARS) and safely transferred jet fuel to an F / A-18 Super Hornet from the ‘US Navy, demonstrating the ability of the MQ-25 Stingray to perform its primary air-to-air refueling mission.

“This team of professionals was an integral part of the successful flight,” said Rear Admiral. Brian Corey, which oversees the Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons Program Executive Office. “Over the next few years, we will be working side-by-side with Boeing to provide this capability which will significantly improve the carrier’s future air wing.”

“This historic event is a credit to our joint Boeing and Navy team who strive to deliver the MQ-25 critical aerial refueling capability to the fleet as soon as possible,” said Leanne Caret, President and CEO of Boeing Defense, Espace & Sécurité. “Their work is the driving force behind the safe and secure integration of unmanned systems into the immediate future of defense operations.”

During the first part of the flight, the F / A-18 test pilot flew in close formation behind the MQ-25 to ensure performance and stability before refueling – a maneuver that required as little as 20 feet of separation between the MQ-25 T1 aerial vehicle and the F / A-18 refueling probe. Both aircraft were flying at operationally relevant speeds and altitudes. Once the assessment was safely completed, the MQ-25 sea anchor was extended and the F / A-18 pilot moved to “tune in” to the unmanned aircraft and receive the fuel dump. planned.

Milestone comes after 25 T1 flights, testing both aircraft and ARS aerodynamics across the flight envelope, as well as extensive in-flight refueling simulations using digital MQ models -25. The MQ-25 T1 will continue flight tests before being shipped to Norfolk, Virginia, for deck handling trials aboard a US Navy aircraft carrier later this year.

The Boeing-owned T1 test asset is a predecessor of the seven test planes Boeing is manufacturing under contract award in 2018. The MQ-25 will assume the tank role currently played by F / A -18, allowing better use of combat fighters and helping to extend the range of the aircraft carrier’s air squadron.

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All: The Birth of a Flying Saucer | Montgomery’s life Sun, 06 Jun 2021 17:01:28 +0000

You may have read something about the Congressional Unidentified Flying Objects report. The editors like to get things done a little earlier, writing this shortly before the Pentagon and the Director of National Intelligence consider submitting a non-confidential UFO report to Congress.

Government officials recently contented themselves with calling this mysterious flight an “unidentified aerial phenomenon” and may not recognize UAO as a UFO.

The $ 2.3 billion “blanket” spending bill passed in December included a requirement to publish to Congress within six months a summary of everything the government knows about UAO.

So six months have passed. A law passed in December provides that the report must provide “a detailed analysis of data and information on unidentified aerial phenomena” collected by the Office of Naval Intelligence, the FBI and the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force. Make.

The Pentagon created a task force last summer to collect all data on NAPs that could threaten national security.

The news media sometimes display brief reports that pilots saw fast objects. “There is a lot more information about the sightings than published,” National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe said in an interview last month.

This is nothing new. Navy pilots have reportedly seen unidentified planes off the east coast daily, dating back to 2014.

A year ago, the Special Senate Committee on Information voted that a UFO report should be prepared after a sufficient number of unidentified planes were sighted. The Law on Authorization of Information for Fiscal Year 2021 provided for a 6-month deadline and some funding.

On December 27, President Trump signed a law requiring intelligence agencies to report within 180 days. This set and is the publication of the June report.

How many people remember June 24, 1947? It was the day Kenneth Arnold, an amateur pilot from Idaho, flew over Washington.

Suddenly he saw a bright light about 15 miles away. The object flew in a diagonally lowered formation for a distance of approximately 5 miles.

They weaved left and right, sometimes turned and tilted. He estimated that he was accelerating to an astonishing speed of 1,700 mph. Competent at the time.

Arnold landed a plane on the runway in Yakima, Washington, and told a friend about the strange object he saw. The story quickly spread.

Journalists who heard it. On June 25, Arnold told a reporter from Pendleton’s “Eastern Oregon” about his sightings. He emphasized “unidentified” as much as “flying object”. He said they were flying “when they jumped over the surface like a saucer”.

The headline of the June 26 newspaper read: “Supersonic Flying Saucer Seen by Idaho Pilot.” A word is born.

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Time Capsule: Delta Pilot left a letter in an Airbus A321 Sun, 06 Jun 2021 02:31:13 +0000

On March 23, Delta Air Lines first officer Chris Dennis flew an Airbus A321 into the desert for storage. After a frightening visit acknowledging the impact of the crisis on aviation, the pilot left a letter aboard the plane that served as a time capsule. Now, as this aircraft returns to service, it represents the light at the end of the tunnel and the return of air travel across the United States after one of the worst years in airline memory.

As Delta brings its planes back from the desert, the pilots found some sort of time capsule on an Airbus A321. Photo: Delta Air Lines

Delta pilot leaves letter in Airbus A321

The story began on March 23, 2020. First Officer Chris Dennis arrived in a Minneapolis / St. Paul International Airport (MSP) to prepare for a trip to Victorville, headquarters of the Southern California Logistics Airport (VCV). It was not an ordinary passenger flight, but a flight to park the plane in anticipation of the incredible decline in travel demand.

Upon arriving in Victorville, Dennis noted that he was surprised at the mere sight of the number of Delta planes at the facility. The planes, all parked amid an aviation downturn, represented the shocking decimation of travel to the United States and the dire future ahead for airline workers.

The initial thought for the Airbus A321 that it parked in Victorville was that it would be parked for 14 days, as Minnesota and the country prepared to stay home and learn more about the disease spreading to United States and around the world.

Before leaving, he wrote a letter which he hung on the cockpit tray. The letter said:

“Hey pilots – It’s March 23rdrd and we just arrived from MSP. Very scary to see so many of our fleet here in the desert. If you’re here to pick it up, the light must be at the end of the tunnel. Amazing how quickly this has changed. Have a good flight out of storage! “

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The letter was placed inside the plane. Photo: Delta Air Lines

The Airbus comes out of storage

On June 1, 2021, 435 days after the plane first parked in California, co-pilot Nick Perez came across the same letter aboard the Airbus A321. The past year has taken its toll not only on the industry, but also on this aircraft.

The aircraft parked in Victorville is ship 3009. According to Delta, this is the last of its Airbus A321s parked at the facility. The jet’s initial notional 14-day stay did not materialize, and the plane faced a very different future.

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The Airbus A321 flew to Minneapolis from California, where it will spend a little more time preparing for passenger services. Photo:

More than 120 pieces of the plane were used to support other planes during its stay of more than 430 days in Victorville. It is not uncommon for parts from aircraft parked in a long-term warehouse to be loaned out to support other aircraft. Now the aircraft is re-entering the system and the airline team is starting to prepare the aircraft for return to service.

The demand for travel is back, so are planes

Delta is far from being the only airline to return planes to service. This long and intensive process does not happen overnight, but airlines are working as fast as possible to get these planes back in the air and support the industry’s recovery.

Domestic travel is coming back much more strongly than international travel. For these trips, planes like the Airbus A321 are Delta’s preferred jets, and the airline typically uses them on high-demand routes from its hubs.

The Airbus A321 is one of the pillars of the Delta fleet. Photo: Delta Air Lines

This time capsule inside an Airbus A321 is a reminder of the fragility of the industry and the continuing nature of the recovery. It will take time for the industry to fully recover, but a sustained recovery continues and airlines see the value of returning all or most of their jets to service.

What do you think of this one-letter time capsule? Let us know in the comments!

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Delta Air Lines: Passenger attempted to breach cockpit of flight to Nashville, forcing plane to make an emergency landing Sat, 05 Jun 2021 05:04:00 +0000

The cockpit was never punctured and the passenger was taken into federal custody, Stephanie Kitts of the Albuquerque International Sunport told CNN.

The FBI confirmed via Twitter that he responded to the incident, but added: “There is no threat to the public at the moment.”

A passenger on the flight, who spoke to CNN, said the man “seemingly unprovoked just got up and rushed into the pilot’s cabin and started knocking on doors.”

Grace Chalmers said the man was quickly taken down by another passenger, who was then assisted by cabin crew. She said it was held down for about 20 minutes until the pilots were able to land the plane at the Albuquerque International Sunport.

Video taken by Chalmers shows the man, barefoot and tied at his wrists and ankles, being pulled from the jet. We can hear him say quietly but repeatedly: “Stop this plane”.

The passengers were held in Albuquerque for hours while Delta arranged for them to continue to Nashville.

“We were all able to relax,” Chalmers said over the phone from Albuquerque Airport, “but I would say at the time it was extremely stressful.”

In a statement, Delta congratulated the passengers and crew aboard flight 386. “The plane landed without incident and the passenger was evacuated by law enforcement,” the statement said.

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Garmin Autoland wins prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy Fri, 04 Jun 2021 16:50:06 +0000

On June 3, Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. announced that Garmin Autoland has received the 2020 Robert J. Collier Trophy for the world’s first certified autonomous system designed to activate in an emergency to safely fly and land an aircraft. without human intervention 1.

The Collier Trophy has been the benchmark of aerospace achievement for over a century and is awarded annually by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) to recognize “the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, in regards to improvement. performance, efficiency, safety in the air or space vehicles, the value of which has been fully demonstrated by actual use during the previous year. The seven nominees for 2020 included the Bell V-280 Valor, SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon 2, among others.

“The Garmin Autoland system marks a significant improvement in civil aviation,” said NAA President Jim Albaugh. “Its ability to pick up an aircraft with a disabled pilot and land it safely will save many lives in the future. It is a remarkable technical achievement and clearly deserves the Necklace Trophy.

“Autoland began as a simple exploration to develop automation technology for general aviation aircraft,” said Cliff Pemble, president and CEO of Garmin. “This exploration resulted in the first automated system capable of safely piloting and landing an aircraft in an emergency without human intervention. It is a tremendous honor for Autoland to be recognized as one of the greatest achievements in aviation history. We owe this accomplishment to the many Garmin associates who dedicated themselves to the creation of this revolutionary aviation safety technology. “

Part of the Garmin Autonomí family of autonomous safety-enhancing technologies, Autoland is the first certified system of its kind in the world. In the event of an emergency, such as a pilot’s incapacity, a passenger can activate Autoland with the push of a dedicated button, if the pilot is no longer able to perform his pilot-in-command duties. Autoland can also activate automatically if the system does not detect any interaction with the pilot. Once activated, the system immediately calculates a flight path to the most suitable airport and runway, while avoiding terrain and adverse weather conditions, initiates a stabilized approach and automatically lands the aircraft.

In 2020, three aircraft received type certification with Garmin Autoland. Piper Aircraft received Garmin Autoland’s first FAA type certification on the M600 SLS in May 2020. In July 2020, DAHER obtained the first certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the second FAA certification from Autoland on the TBM 940. Cirrus Aircraft Vision 2017 Collier Trophy winner Cirrus Aircraft Vision was the first jet aircraft certified with Autoland in August 2020.

Garmin is committed to continued innovation in the industry and is on a mission to create exciting new possibilities for air travel in the future, by developing the story of other Robert J. Collier Trophy winners. Past Collier Trophy recipients include Orville Wright, Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 Team, Cirrus Aircraft for the Airframe Complete Parachute System (CAPS) on the Vision Jet, Lockheed’s Skunk Works and the F-117A, the Boeing 747, the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Project Team, Cessna Aircraft Company and Citation X Design Team and many other historic achievements that have advanced aviation for generations to come.

The Collier Trophy is on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC The official Collier Trophy presentation ceremony will take place later this year. For more information on the NAA, including a list of past recipients, visit

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