CNN recently reported on the pilot shortage on a global scale to put in perspective what is causing the increase of pilot demand across the world. They cover the current and future pilot trends in Asia and other evolving markets and how it effects the world aviation market. Below you can follow the link to the CNN article related to pilot shortage.
The Wall Street Journal recently wrote about the current pilot shortage and the reasoning behind the increasing demand. The article covers how airline growth, stricter minimum requirements, forced retirement of the aging workforce and new FAA regulations all play a part in the increasing necessity for qualified pilots. Follow the link below to read Wall Street Journal’s take on the pilot shortage in 2014.
Kiersten Rich “The Blonde Abroad” took an exciting adventure at Coast Flight Training. She started by coming in for an introductory flight in the Cirrus on a beautiful and sunny San Diego afternoon. She was crafted an amazing flight lesson that took her from Montgomery Airport, along the San Diego coastline and past the departure end of Lindbergh field. Once she passed Lindbergh she flew through the beautiful San Diego bay over the Coronado Bay Bridge and returned to land at Montgomery. She was at the flight controls for the entire flight right from the take-off until landing. A Coast Flight professional pilot walked her through what to do and backed up on the controls. She picked it up quickly when we were airborne and the flight was as good as the weather!
Video by: “The Blonde Abroad”
Daniel and François made a base in St. Lucia for a few days to explore the southern Caribbean islands. Before St. Lucia however, they flew above a few islands and made their way as far south as Barbados. Along the coast of the island of Guadeloupe they found some sun bathers enjoying the beautiful island.
Upon landing at Barbados, they had changed their mind and decided to fly to St. Lucia. One perk of flying your plane. You can change your mind at any time and simply go to another island. St Lucia is full of hidden secrets. A “drive-in” volcano is one of these hidden gems to explore. You can actually drive through the crater. However, Daniel and François report back that it smells a little like rotten eggs. They also learned that scientists are projecting that it will erupt sometime this century. The first sign an eruption is coming is that the smell actually disappears. So get there now to experience it for yourself while the rotten egg smell is still Fresh!!
Saint Martin was next on the list. This is the French owned side of the island. The flight from St. Lucia to St. Martin was a little on the long side, or at least it seemed that way after staring at beautiful blue ocean for the whole way. (This is why there is the need for the extra survival equipment, just in case.) Finally the island came into view.
St. Martin’s Princess Juliana Airport is famous for the spectators that line up at the end of the runway to be jet blasted by large airliners that are landing and taking off. One advantage Daniel and François had was their FlightRadar24 app where they could see the inbound flights. Upon checking, they found an US Airways 757 and an Air France A340 flights that were due to land within the next 30 minutes, so they decided to stand around and take part in the excitement.
On the list while staying in St. Martin was making a quick trip over to St. Bart’s island which is also French owned. This airport is famous worldwide for the difficulty of making a landing on it. As you can see in the photo, the final approach is steep leaving only a few feet between the plane and cars on the ground.
Pilots are not allowed to attempt a landing unless they first fly with a French instructor who is based in St. Martin. He must check you out first and do a few take offs and landings with you. Then if you are safe, he will endorse you to fly there on your own. There are not many pilots in the world that have been cleared to land here. Daniel is now one of them! A GoPro mounted in the Cirrus during these landings captured the intensity. Check back later to be able to view it.
After a few days in the southern islands, the two came back north and cut across to Jamaica. Staying overnight in Kingston, they did attempt a go at making it to Mexico. Thunderstorms did get in the way however and they returned to Kingston for one more night. But first thing at sun up they made another go at making it over to Mexico and this time around they beat the thunderstorms. Cozumel was the first stop in Mexico and the point to do the immigration processing. They are almost done with this amazing flight training experience. A few more stops as they make their way across the heart of Mexico and then they will turn back towards San Diego when they reach Baja California
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