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It happens every year. You’ve been in school since August or September and now you’re tired! You’re ready for the long summer break ahead, and can’t wait for all the laziness to ensue. But, two weeks into having nothing planned, you start to feel boredom and restlessness. This year, don’t let yourself fall victim to the same routine; it’s time to kick start your career in the aviation industry with an amazing internship. Here’s a list of some of the most sought after positions open for summer internships with top aviation companies:

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American Airlines

American Airlines offers two different types of internships for students: MBA Leadership Program and Undergraduate & Advanced Degrees Internships. Both programs give interns the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and network with aviation professionals who can offer invaluable insights into the industry. For more details, visit: https://jobs.aa.com/content/college/

MBA Leadership Program

The airline industry has changed. And we’re changing with it. We are letting go of the old rules and transforming our business and our industry. We’re looking for innovative and engaged MBA’s who want to find solutions that will make an immediate impact. We’re looking for MBA’s who can rise to the occasion to lead and inspire. We’re looking for the future leaders of American. The MBA Leadership program at American has set the standard for developing industry leaders. We provide mentors to help navigate American’s landscape as well as opportunities to network and hear directly from our Senior Executive Leadership Team on a variety of industry topics and career path tips.

Undergraduate & Advanced Degrees

American considers college graduates for a range of professional positions vital to our success. If you enjoy a challenge, working with smart people, making an impact, then American Airlines may be your boarding pass to a new career and the start of a great adventure. Our business units offer exciting opportunities in an industry where business-models evolution, modernization and cutting-edge initiatives are top priorities. The company has a wide range of departments that recruit undergrads or students with advanced degrees.

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Envoy Air

Envoy Air is looking for college students to participate in several different internship opportunities during the summer. Interns get paid for their 11-week commitment and have the opportunity for hands-on learning you couldn’t get in the classroom. There will also be plenty of opportunities for professional networking to build connections for your future in the airline industry. For more details, visit: http://www.envoyair.com/2017/02/03/summer-internships-envoy/

Purchasing

Intern will function as Supply Chain Analyst in the company’s Purchasing department. The responsibilities of this position include development and analysis of historical and current data to support bid process for aircraft parts and services, with goal of improving cost and lead times.

Airport Services Planning

Interns will function as Customer Services/Manpower Planning Analyst in one of the company’s ground handling/operational departments. Performance reporting and analysis may cover any part of the business including: Airport Handling, Manpower Planning, Baggage Performance or Metric Evaluation.

Operations Planning

Interns will function as Customer Services/Manpower Planning Analyst in one of the company’s ground handling/operational departments. Performance reporting and analysis may cover any part of the business including: Airport Handling, Manpower Planning, Baggage Performance or Metric Evaluation.

Human Resources

The Human Resources department is hiring an intern to work within the Leadership Training & Development group. The Intern will function as a Specialist and help develop metrics analysis related to training effectiveness, participation levels and effectiveness of the performance management program.

Communications

The Communications Intern will serve as Web Developer to evaluate Envoy’s existing internal and external web sites to edit pages, add functionality, improve user interface, modify and enhance the design and create new WordPress html templates to aid in content management.

Flight Operations

Interns will function as assistants to a Flight Department Manager or Director. The responsibilities of this position may include analysis of flight performance, researching operational issues and involvement in special projects.

Flight Safety

Interns will function as data analysts in the company’s Flight Safety Department. The responsibilities of this position include analysis of various voluntary safety program data streams as well as creative thinking to accurately and clearly depict trends that emerge.

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Boeing

When interning at Boeing, you’ll have the opportunity gain real life, hands-on experiences while learning from experts and collaborating with professional teams. You’ll get to make a real difference in an industry leading company, while learning more about your field of choice in the business world. For more details, visit: https://jobs.boeing.com/category/internship-jobs/185/9287/1

Business Internships

In our Business Intern Program, you can be part of a team that is helping shape the future of aerospace. Throughout the program, you’ll work on innovative projects with a global reach in areas like Finance, Supply Chain Management, Business Operations and Human Resources. Our interns are active team members who help guide critical business decisions—from using your analytical skills to drive profitable growth, to participating in contract negotiations and helping to manage projects.

Additionally, you’ll be assigned a mentor who will help you grow and explore a variety of career areas along the way.

Engineering Internships

In our Engineering Intern Program, you can be part of a team that shapes the future of aerospace. Our engineering interns help turn dreams into reality, bring world-class innovation to market and help design our next generation of amazing products. You’ll also be involved with everything from Boeing site tours, to networking events and exposure to executives and mentors.

We have many engineering opportunities for students majoring in electrical, materials, mechanical/structural, software or flight engineering.

Information Technology Internships

In our Information Technology Intern Program, you can help deliver best-in-class technological solutions to our business and customers. The program gives you access to cutting-edge technology and a variety of areas to grow your skills, including: Application Development,

Cybersecurity, Information Protection, Network Design, Project Management, Systems Analysis, Systems Architecture and Systems Integration.

Here, you’ll also find the opportunity to speak with experienced professionals and experts across Boeing, including building relationships through mentor programs.

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On February 17, 2017 Boeing rolled out its newest aircraft: the Boeing 787 – 10 Dreamliner. This is the third aircraft in the series, and is set to carry 40 more passengers and 15% more cargo than the previous 787-9.

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787-8
Seating: 242
Range: 7,355 nmi
Configuration: Twin aisle
Cross Section: 226 in
Wingspan: 197 ft
Length: 186 ft
Height: 56 ft
Cruise Speed: Mach 0.85
Total Cargo Volume: 4,400 ft³
Max Takeoff Weight: 502,500 lbs

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787-9
Seating: 290
Range: 7,635 nmi
Configuration: Twin aisle
Cross Section: 226 in
Wingspan: 197 ft
Length: 206 ft
Height: 56 ft
Cruise Speed: Mach 0.85
Total Cargo Volume: 5,400 ft³
Max Takeoff Weight: 560,000 lbs

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787-10
Seating: 330
Range: 6,430 nmi
Configuration: Twin aisle
Cross Section: 226 in
Wingspan: 197 ft
Length: 224 ft
Height: 56 ft
Cruise Speed: Mach 0.85
Total Cargo Volume: 6,200 ft³
Max Takeoff Weight: 560,000 lbs

While the Boeing 787 – 10 Dreamliner is made of parts from all around the world, it is the only Boeing aircraft which will be made strictly at the company’s South Carolina facility. This makes this aircraft the fist Boeing to be made anywhere other than the Boeing home base in Seattle, WA. Along with its unique manufacturing location, the Boeing 787 – 10 includes many features to make the flight more enjoyable for passengers and the surrounding community.

Features of the 787 – 10 Dreamliner

Passenger Experience:

  • Best Views from the Best Windows: The 787 – 10 features the largest windows of any aircraft, providing riders with the best views, regardless of where they sit. These windows can even dim at the touch of a button, helping to control the cabin lighting regardless of time of day.
  • Clean Air Cabin: Utilizing the newest filtration and pressure systems, crisper air is circulated through the cabin with some added humidity to avoid fatigue and dryness.
  • Large Cabin Space: High ceilings and wide entryways make this ride feel as open as possible There’s storage space for all of your luggage and to move around the cabin when necessary.
  • Better Lighting: New, adjustable LED lights provide you with a more relaxing ride.
  • Smooth Ride Technology: This aircraft has sensors all around to help ease turbulence to prevent motion sickness and make for a smoother ride.

New Market Assets:

  • Unparalleled Travel Routes: Thanks to the unprecedented fuel efficiency of this line of aircraft, Boeing is now able to open new nonstop routes. As of now, this family of Dreamliners has opened up 120 new routes with many more to come.
  • Quiet for the Community: With new technology, the 787 family is able to ensure the only time the aircraft is 85 decibels or higher is when at the airport. The noise footprint of the new aircraft has been reduced by 60% of its competitors. This is witnessed inside and out of the aircraft, as passengers can easily tell the difference in noise during flight times.

Cost Efficiency

  • Fuel Efficiency: The 787 family as a whole uses 20% less fuel than other aircraft. The 787 – 10, however, uses 25% less fuel than previous generations.
  • Mixed-Fleet Flying: Flying one of these aircrafts only takes an additional five days of training for pilots who can fly the 777. That means you can easily schedule pilots for any aircraft, and no specialization is needed.
  • Cargo Revenue: With 15% more cargo room, airlines can utilize the space to add more luggage.
  • Minimal Maintenance Needs: Being the strongest aircraft yet, the 787-10 is durable and has 30% less airframe maintenance costs than previous generations of airplane.

The 787 – 10 Dreamliner has opened a new door in air travel. With over 100 new non-stop routes and more space for passengers and cargo, the airline industry anticipates seeing many more of these aircraft in the field soon.


 
Just as we thought Cirrus couldn’t get any better, they’ve outdone themselves again with the release of the SR22 Turbo – Generation 6 (G6) Aircraft. Per Cirrus, this is, “the smartest, safest, and most advanced models ever of the best-selling SR22T, SR22, and SR20 piston airplanes,” and we see this model changing the recreational aviation industry.
 
No doubt about it, one of the best parts of owning a Cirrus is being seen. Who doesn’t want others to see them flying around in a sleek, well-crafted airplane? What’s even more impressive about the Cirrus G6 is just how easy it is to be seen with the Spectra Wingtip lights. The design for these lights is based on the look and functionality of high-performance luxury automobiles, and makes seeing your aircraft much easier both on the ground and in the sky. Cirrus has added wingtip halo lights, and more impressively, pulsing “wig-wag” ability to guarantee your presence is always known.
 
g6_perpectiveBut there’s more to being seen than the lights. Cirrus has always been about the luxury look and functionality of its aircraft. From the outside, it is easy to see the G6’s extended windows, which were created to bring more light into the cabin area. Once inside, you can see floor lights reading “step this way” to help navigate inside the aircraft, as well as overhead lights for Cirrus Releases SR22T: Generation 6 personal needs such as reading. After taking your seat you’ll feel more comfortable than ever in the durable, suede-like, reclining seats – also available in hand-stitched European leather. All seats in the aircraft are flexible allowing for more comfort with passengers, and more cargo room without them. Finally, as with all things Cirrus, the magic really is in the details. The G6 comes equipped with cup holders and storage pockets for your mobile device, as well as headset holders and four USB charging ports to ensure you can use your personal devices when you want, and store them when you don’t.
 
Perhaps the most exciting feature of the G6 is the brand-new Cirrus Perspective+ by Garmin. This sleek new system enables connectivity between aircraft and pilot, and works 10 times faster than prior Cirrus Perspective avionics. So, what are the features of this new system?

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
    • Seamlessly transfer information between your wireless devices and the Cirrus Perspective+ flight deck.
  • Cirrus Global Connect
    • It’s now easier than ever to keep communications going while in flight. The new G6 offers satellite connectivity to allow for telephone and text messaging services. Additionally, you can get the added Datalink Weather for outside of North America.
  • Flight Stream
    • Now transfer your flight plans, weather, traffic, and GPS information between you mobile device and aircraft, as well as receive Database Concierge via the Garmin Pilot app.
  • Database Concierge
    • Now transfer your flight plans, weather, traffic, and GPS information between you mobile device and aircraft, as well as receive Database Concierge via the Garmin Pilot app.
  • QWERTY Flight Management System
    • The new Perspective+ features a QWERTY keypad with larger, easy-to-read keys. Perhaps the most exciting feature of this is the new HOME button, designed to bring you back to the main navigation functions with the push of a button.

fill_imageWith all of these upgraded features, Cirrus is changing the way we look at recreational flying. The Cirrus SR22T G6 is now available for purchase and delivery.
 
If you are considering purchasing one of these new G6’s, Coast Flight would be happy to schedule an appointment with you to discuss all of the necessary details and any potential flight training you may want with the your new purchase.

Have you ever felt like keeping your two feet on the ground was never enough excitement for you? Maybe you’ve tried traditional schools and just couldn’t sit through classes without trying to practice what you’re learning about. Coast Flight recognizes that you could be a top candidate to explore the skies by becoming an airline pilot! Not only have they recognized this, but they’ve begun a flight training scholarship to engage people who want to kick-start their career in the airline industry.
 
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Starting in Fall 2016, Coast Flight invited all high school seniors and recent graduates to apply for a Ground School Scholarship which would cover their Private Pilot Ground School at no cost. After carefully examining each application, the top 25 candidates were chosen to receive the scholarship, which included: 30 hours of official FAA Part 141 Certified Ground School, class study materials and books, and one hour of flight simulator time – a total value of $500. These 25 students are now halfway through their training, and have their eyes on the prize of Coast’s Grand Aviation Scholarship.
 
At the end of the eight-week program, two students will be chosen to receive a Grand Aviation Scholarship, one of which will value up to $73,000 in flight training.
olumbe_falu This scholarship will allow recipients to complete all necessary ratings to begin a career in aviation, covering the student’s Private Pilot License, Instrument Flight Rating, Commercial License, and Flight Instructor Ratings.
 
These students are being taught by Olumbe Falú, a current Coast Flight instructor and recent graduate of Coast’s Airline Career Training (ACT) Program. When asked about the format of this training, Falú shared, “During this 8-week ground school, virtually every subject in the private pilot ‘repertoire’ will be covered, from aviation history through weather theory, flight planning, and aeronautical decision making.”
 
Each student starts class with a quiz about materials covered in the previous week to ensure they are retaining everything from the course. After that, Falú jokes, “I run my mouth for 3 hours and try not to put anyone to sleep – I vehemently encourage class participation.” And participation doesn’t go unnoticed!fill_imageAt the end of their ground school, the two top performing students will be awarded the scholarships. The decision will be based on: attendance and participation, professionalism, performance on written exam and aptitude tests, as well as the Coast Flight interview at the end of ground school. With so much on the line, each student has been putting in incredible effort to be one of the two Grand Aviation Scholarship winners. Coast staff is extremely pleased to see the 100% attendance thus far and genuine curiosity for the airline industry.
 
“For the person who wins the scholarship – this is an opportunity that no price tag could ever hope to describe,” adds Falú. “As a person that accomplished my flight training through my VA benefits, I understand how important this opportunity is to each of these students.”
 
When ground school classes end, all 25 participants will be eligible to interview with Envoy Air for a conditional offer of employment though Coast Flight’s ACT Program, and the grand prize winners will be announced on April 4, 2017. Good luck to all of the participants!

San Diego, CA – Coast Flight Training is expanding from its San Diego headquarters to establish a second location for its airline flight-training program in San Marcos, TX. The new training facilities in San Marcos will focus on training U. S. Military helicopter pilots who are transitioning to in-demand careers as civilian airline pilots for the nation’s top airlines.

The U.S. airline industry is facing a critical shortage of pilots, with more than 617,000-trained pilots needed by 2035 according to studies by Boeing. Pilots earn an average of $58,000 starting salary, plus benefits including travel, climbing to more than $100,000 annually after a few years in the industry, and potentially exceeding $300, 000 annually during a career.

“We are very pleased to be opening a Coast location in San Marcos, where we have been welcomed with open arms by the City, Greater San Marcos Partnership, and in particular Texas Aviation Partners. They created a very positive business environment for us to invest here, create jobs, and help veterans achieve great success for themselves and their families,” said Bryan Simmons, President of Coast Flight Training. A retired United States Marine and military flight instructor, Simmons served as Presidential Command pilot for two U. S. Presidents.

“Having diverse training options available for your workforce is critical to a community’s strong economy,” said Greater San Marcos Partnership President Adriana Cruz. “The Greater San Marcos region’s large veteran population and proximity to major military operations in Austin and San Antonio coupled with the opportunities found in the San Marcos Regional Airport made the Coast Flight facility an excellent fit. GSMP is thrilled to welcome Coast Flight to the San Marcos Regional Airport and we look forward to the doors their program will open for our area residents and veterans.”

“Coast Flight’s choice of San Marcos shows the true value of our airport in our economic development effort,” said City Councilman and Airport Board Chairman, Scott Gregson. “Increased utilization of our facility and being involved with re-training our veterans to help solve a critical shortage of pilots is a win-win for everyone.”

Partnering with Envoy Air/American Airlines Group, Coast Flight Training instructors will launch the first Rotary Transition Program (RTP) class in San Marcos in early 2017, providing complete transition training of Helicopter pilots to meet FAA fixed wing requirements, along with a conditional offer of employment with Envoy/American Airlines upon successful completion of training and certification.

“Envoy Air is proud to team with Coast to launch this new program in Texas, and to promote commercial aviation as a rewarding career for our U. S. Military Veterans. Coast Flight offers outstanding training and produces well qualified pilots that are ready to join the Envoy/American Airlines Group team, and we welcome them to Texas,” said Ric Wilson, Vice President of Flight Operations, Envoy Air.

The RTP is specifically designed to meet the needs of experienced helicopter pilots, who already have valuable skills that can quickly translate to civilian employment. After approximately 90 days of training, pilots will join the Envoy/American Airlines team, which is making the RTP possible for Veterans by providing tuition assistance and a generous hiring bonus.

Coast Flight Training is expanding from its San Diego headquarters to establish a second location for its airline flight training program in San Marcos, TX.

The new training facilities in San Marcos will focus on training U. S. Military helicopter pilots who are transitioning to in-demand careers as civilian airline pilots for the nation’s top airlines.

The U.S. airline industry is facing a critical shortage of pilots, with more than 617,000 trained pilots needed by 2035 according to studies by Boeing. Pilots earn an average of $58,000 starting salary, plus benefits including travel, climbing to more than $100,000 annually after a few years in the industry, and potentially exceeding $300,000 annually during a career.

“We are very pleased to be opening a Coast location in San Marcos, where we have been welcomed with open arms by the City, Greater San Marcos Partnership, and in particular Texas Aviation Partners. They created a very positive business environment for us to invest here, create jobs, and help veterans achieve great success for themselves and their families,” said Bryan Simmons, President of Coast Flight Training. A retired United States Marine and military flight instructor, Simmons served as Presidential Command pilot for two U. S. Presidents.

“Coast Flight’s choice of San Marcos shows the true value of our airport in our economic development effort,” said City Councilman and Airport Board Chairman, Scott Gregson. “Increased utilization of our facility and being involved with re-training our veterans to help solve a critical shortage of pilots is a

“Increased utilization of our facility and being involved with re-training our veterans to help solve a critical shortage of pilots is a win-win for everyone.”

Partnering with Envoy Air/American Airlines Group, Coast Flight Training instructors will launch the first Rotary Transition Program (RTP) class in San Marcos in early 2017, providing complete transition training of Helicopter pilots to meet FAA fixed wing requirements, along with a conditional offer of employment with Envoy/American Airlines upon successful completion of training and certification. “Envoy Air is proud to team with Coast to launch this new program in Texas, and to promote commercial aviation as a rewarding career for our U. S. Military Veterans. Coast Flight offers outstanding training and produces

“Envoy Air is proud to team with Coast to launch this new program in Texas, and to promote commercial aviation as a rewarding career for our U. S. Military Veterans. Coast Flight offers outstanding training and produces well-qualified pilots that are ready to join the Envoy/American Airlines Group team, and we welcome them to Texas,” said Ric Wilson, Vice President Flight Operations, Envoy Air.

The RTP is specifically designed to meet the needs of experienced helicopter pilots, who already have valuable skills that can quickly translate to civilian employment. After approximately 90 days of training, pilots will join the Envoy/American Airlines team, which is making the RTP possible for Veterans by providing tuition assistance and a generous hiring bonus.

Coast Flight, founded in 2008 has been one of San Diego’s fastest growing companies, three years running. Coast is a FAA Part-141 flight school and is TSA and SEVP approved to host international students. Coast is also an acknowledged leader in Cirrus training and has been designated by Cirrus Aircraft as a Cirrus Platinum Training Center.

San Diego, CA – Coast Flight Training is expanding from its San Diego headquarters to establish a second location for its airline flight training program in San Marcos, TX. The new training facilities in San Marcos will focus on training U. S. Military helicopter pilots who are transitioning to in-demand careers as civilian airline pilots for the nation’s top airlines.

San Diego, CA – Coast Flight Training and Envoy Air/American Airlines Group are hosting a free Aviation Career Day on Saturday, November 12, Noon to 4 pm, at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport and teaming up to provide scholarship opportunities for high school seniors and recent graduates with a passion for flight. The U.S. airline industry is facing a critical shortage of trained airline pilots, with more than 600,000 trained pilots needed by 2035 according to studies by Boeing. Pilots earn an average of $58,000 starting salary, plus benefits including travel, climbing to more than $100,000 annually after a few years in the industry, and potentially exceeding $300,000 annually during a career.

To help young adults pursue these in-demand jobs, Envoy Air/American Airlines Group and Coast Flight Training will provide 15 students with full scholarships for 30 hours of Ground School at Montgomery Field in Spring 2017. One successful Ground School graduate will earn a full tuition Grand Scholarship for a complete FAA-certified Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial and Certified Flight Instructor Ratings, along with a conditional offer of employment from Envoy/American Airlines Group upon successful completion of training and certification (Grand Scholarship is valued at over $73,000).”Envoy Air is proud to support Aviation Career Day which will educate and promote aviation as a rewarding and attainable career. We are excited to partner in the scholarship and look forward to the recipient becoming an Envoy Air pilot,” said Ric Wilson, Vice President of Flight Operation, Envoy Air.

Scholarship applications for Ground School will be available at Aviation Career Day, which will feature the opportunity to sit in the cockpits of Coast aircraft, experience flight simulators, talk with pilots, flight instructors, and enjoy refreshments at the airfield. Register at www.iflycoast.com/career-day to attend and pick up a scholarship application at the event. “I applaud American Airlines, Envoy, and Coast Flight for taking a pro-active approach and looking locally to meet the needs of the innovative airline industry,” said Chris Cate, San Diego City Councilmember in District 6, the home of the City’s Montgomery-Gibbs airfield and many aviation industry businesses. “Coast is excited about introducing talented young people to the potential careers and pathways to train for these high paying and rewarding careers – which do not require a four year college degree,” said Bryan Simmons, President of Coast Flight Training. A retired United States Marine and military flight instructor, Simmons served as Presidential Command pilot for two U. S. Presidents.

New Hire Starting Pay Up 47% – Retention Bonuses Extended to All Pilots

Envoy Air, a subsidiary of American Airlines Group, will be nearly doubling the starting pay for new pilot hires! At about $38 per hour, a First Year Pilot can now make $58,000 or more, a dramatic increase to help bring in the next wave of Airline Pilots. Adding to the new incentive program is a First Officer Retention Bonus of $20,000 and a $5,000 bonus per pilot you refer.

Ric Wilson, the VP of Flight Operations summarized “Envoy’s new industry-leading starting pay – along with our up to $20,000 signing bonus, $20,000 First Officer retention bonus and guaranteed flow-through to American Airlines, without any further interview – means our pilots will be among the most highly compensated in the industry now and throughout their flying career.”

The award was given by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s (AOPA) Air Safety Institute (ASI). George Perry, ASI’s Senior Vice President, commented, “Over the past decade Cirrus has earned one of the best safety records in the industry, and we are proud to acknowledge their work.” He also shared that in working openly with its owners group, Cirrus has “brought their accident rate to less than half the
industry average.”

While Cirrus is now known for their safety via the Cirrus Airframe
Parachute System (CAPS) and Cirrus Approach systems, that has not always been the case.

The CAPS was put into place in the Cirrus SR20 and SR220 aircrafts
several years ago as a result of frighteningly high accident rates for the two aircrafts. It was revolutionizing technology, and Cirrus thought that by adding the whole frame parachute, they would be able to save far more lives.

They were right! As a result of the CAPS system, over 135 lives have been saved to date. However, this didn’t come without a huge effort on Cirrus’ side to educate its pilots.

When CAPS was first put into place, it was speculated that there was a spike in Cirrus accidents because Pilots felt more comfortable knowing they had the parachute system if anything should happen. But, as Cirrus discovered, there was a lack of knowledge regarding how to use the CAPS, which didn’t have the results Cirrus was hoping for.

After recognizing the new statistics, Cirrus knew they had to do what they could to educate pilots. The Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association worked diligently to create a system of encouraging CAPS use and celebrating pilots for using the technology, rather than questioning them every time. Additionally, Cirrus created the ‘Cirrus Approach’ safety program to integrate safety and CAPS procedures into regular Cirrus training.

As a result of the Cirrus Approach, the aircraft industry saw the decline in fatal accidents each year steadily increase. The height of the accident peak was in 2011, with 16 fatal accidents in SR20s and SR22s. By 2014, the number of fatal crashes decreased to three, which is remarkable considering the spike in Cirrus Aircraft use.

The Cirrus Approach system of encouraging pilots to “pull early, pull often” has helped the world to see the safety precautions put in place. In 2015 Cirrus’ CAPS was publicized when a pilot flying his SR22 over the Pacific Ocean was filmed using it. The pilot realized mid flight that there was a fuel tank issue, and he would have to utilize CAPS in the middle of the water. The U.S. Coast Guard caught the incident on camera, and the Cirrus Approach was proven beneficial.

The world saw CAPS in action again just months later when Bill Simon, the CEO of Wal-Mart, and two passengers were forced to deploy the parachute after losing oil pressure. This too was captured and quickly spread on social media.

These widespread CAPS success stories are just two of the numerous incidents in which the system has saved lives. By constantly placing safety at the forefront of design, and regularly training pilots, Cirrus has been able to lower the number of aircraft fatalities exponentially.

Cirrus is proud to be the first recipient of the Joseph T. Nall Safety Award, and looks forward to continuing to work on safety and innovation for the aircraft industry.