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Posted April 22, 2015

An instrument rating is an advanced type of aviation certification enabling pilots to fly rather than be grounded even during cloudy weather and other weather conditions that cause low visibility. The Instrument Flight Rules Rating (IFR) training requirements include 30 hours of pre and post flight ground school, 40 hours of instrument flight training, 50 hours of PIC Cross-Country, and the successful completion of an instrument written exam. It is an excellent addition to a private pilot’s certificate, which by itself leaves the pilot limited to flying only during Visual Flight Rules (VFR) conditions. Aside from the obvious, though, there are many additional advantages that come with an instrument rating. Here are seven good reasons why an instrument rating ultimately makes for a better pilot:

1) Better Planning Pre-Flight

It’s typically true that a pilot with an instrument rating will be better at pre-flight planning than a pilot without an instrument rating. The training prepares pilots for alternates, deviations, hazards, fuel stops, and more.

2) Heightened Pilot’s Intuition
Pilots with an instrument…

Posted March 2, 2015

From smartphones and laptops to e-readers and tablets, personal computing devices are more advanced than ever, with applications that can do practically anything – including apps that make flying safer, simpler, and more convenient for pilots. There are even applications that help pilots to connect with other pilots. If you’re curious which applications are most useful for pilots, look no further. The following list covers the top 10 apps ever pilot needs to know about.

1. AeroWeather Pro

1) AeroWeather Pro

This app by Lakehorn AG allows pilots to check weather conditions and forecasts at their destination prior to takeoff. You can see everything from visibility to wind speed to runway conditions in one place.

2. Air Navigation Pro

2) Air Navigation Pro

Xample Sarl developed this app to assist pilots in their efforts to plan a flight with an interface that looks and feels like the instruments of a cockpit.

3. Airports

3) Airports

Peter Lundkvist developed this application to give pilots…

Posted February 13, 2015

New data reveals that a young American pilot starting out in today’s market can potentially earn $7 million over the next 44 years, assuming they make the right career moves along the way. Coast Flight projects that a 21-year-old aviator starting out as a flight instructor, following the school’s Airline Career Training (ACT) program, may be able to earn $7 million by the time they’re 65, assuming they follow the suggested path to a position as Captain for a major airline. Of course, salaries for airline pilots can vary widely based on factors such as experience, schooling, and the airline they are working for. When you look at the facts, though, there’s no denying that career aviators stand to earn a great deal of money in a job they love if they can go the distance. In the following post, we explain more about how pilots are paid, and how to get the most out of this rewarding career.

Encouraging Projections from Delta and SkyWest

Coast Flight’s Airline Career Training program is unique because it provides conditional job placement at SkyWest…

Posted January 29, 2015

02The aviation industry appears to be entering a golden age for new pilots as we continue into the New Year. The generous compensation and retention programs of airlines such as Endeavor Air, a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines that flies as Delta Connection, are evidence of this positive trend. The airline recently announced that it is beginning an $80,000 Pilot Retention Payment program to attract the best and brightest to its cockpits. With pilots earning more of the compensation, downtime and respect they deserve, it is an excellent time to enter this critical and esteemed profession – if you have what it takes.

Endeavor’s Plan to Hire and Retain the Best

Endeavor Air, which describes itself as evoking “an image of innovation, excitement and the adventure of a journey,” will now provide pilots hired between 2015 and 2018 the opportunity to earn $20,000 in retention payments per year for the first four years of…

Posted January 13, 2015

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Posted December 12, 2014

There is a commercial pilot shortage plaguing airlines across the nation, and as we look forward to 2015 it appears that this trend is only going to intensify. The current state of the aviation industry in the United States is causing headaches for airlines struggling to meet the demand for flights while ensuring their pilots are given the adequate rest they need. This shortage is also creating an ideal environment for new pilots completing flight school and embarking on a career in commercial aviation. With increasing demand for commercial pilots and continued growth in this job market is expected over the next 20 years!  The current pilot shortage is creating new opportunities for aviators to enter this highly regarded profession.


Understanding the Pilot Shortage 

Many factors have contributed to the current commercial pilot shortage, which is expected to escalate in 2015 and beyond. The Federal Aviation Administration’s new rules…

Posted December 12, 2014

United States Army Veteran Scott Miller’s story is a compelling and inspiring example of a man facing adversity yet refusing to give up on his dreams. On November 25, 2014, Scott completed his private pilot check ride and medical flight test at Coast Flight’s college partner, Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. Becoming a certificated private pilot after serving in the National Guard is an impressive set of achievements on its own, but Miller’s circumstances make this feat all the more remarkable. Scott Miller lost the use of his legs after a motorcycle accident several years ago, but he didn’t let this impede his positive attitude and drive to succeed. Miller’s story serves as motivation for all future pilots and anyone who faces challenges on the road to success.

Overcoming Adversity scott

Many people would have given up and accepted defeat after losing the use of their legs, but not Scott Miller. The National Guard soldier fractured two vertebrae during a motorcycle accident following a drill weekend in Des Moines, Iowa several…

Posted November 14, 2014

Pilot's Return on Investment InfographicThere are many reasons why people become pilots. These reasons are often rooted in some childhood dream, or an innate desire to travel, or the sheer joy of taking flight, or a desire to lead and take care of others. Training to become a professional pilot is certainly one of the most respected, challenging, action-packed and fulfilling career paths a person can take. There are other considerations you need to make before choosing a career and investing in your education, though. Most people must also factor in the cost of their education and the potential salary they could earn once they enter their career field. Fortunately for pilots, the return on investment is excellent compared to other industries. Just consider how the ROI for professional pilots’ education and training matches up to that of other esteemed professionals including teachers, doctor and lawyers.

Total Cost of Education

In order to enter a revered profession such as teaching, legal counsel, medicine or aviation, you must first complete a high level of…

Posted November 14, 2014

If you’ve flown recently in the United States or abroad, you may have noticed some cuts in service. You may also notice a few changes around the U.S. airline industry if you plan on flying soon. There is a growing shortage of qualified domestic pilots in the U.S. according to figures from major airlines, and this shortage is only expected to grow as the demand for new pilots continues to increase while the number of existing pilots diminishes. It is an international problem, in fact, as airlines from Japan to Latin America are seeing the effects. In the United States, the facts about this domestic airline pilot shortage should speak for themselves.

Understanding the Domestic Pilot Shortage

This shortage of pilots in the U.S. and abroad isn’t exactly a surprise, as the International Civil Aviation Organization (the UN’s aviation agency) began warning about a shortage of qualified pilots across the globe two years ago. The shortage is hitting the U.S. sooner and harder than anticipated, though, leaving some airlines with no choice but to cut services. There are several reasons for…

Posted September 24, 2014


Paul Hardy

ACT Fall ’14

Q: Why did you choose to become a pilot?

A: It has been a dream since Elementary school to become a pilot. This dream orginally saw a hurrdle with my vision problems,
I began looking into solution and Lasik came on the map and helped me overcome and realize dream. I have always had an underlying love for aviation and flying.

Q: What was the biggest reason you chose the ACT program?

A: To be able to use the GI Bill to cover flight training 100%. The security of having a conditional offer of employment from SkyWest Airlines to have a clear path to a job made it an easy decision.

Q: What was the hardest part of the screening?

A: Being nervous to take the test and interviews. Wonder “Am i good enough?” “Is this something I can overcome?” But after the process and succeeding I was filled with pride.

Q: What did you most enjoy about the screening?

A: The environment at Coast felt so welcoming, it felt like a family and it is full of happy people. By having that support along with the training makes every sessions enjoyable.

Q: Who was the first person you called, and why, when you found out you had been accepted to the ACT Program and had a conditional offer of employment from SkyWest Airlines?

A: My wife because of her endless encouragement through my life and the screening and interview process for this program. It just made me ecstatic to tell her the great news about my career future.

Q: Since you have started your college and flight training, what do you enjoy the most?

A: Being in the air, flying the planes and connecting with the instructors by feeding from their energy and excitement. Also, there is no better feeling than taking off in an airplane.


Tyler Kubota

ACT Fall ’14

Q: Why did you choose to become a pilot?

A: The simple answer is that flying is the most incredible feeling and to get the opportunity to fly airplanes is a dream come true.
I also saw it as an opportunity to work alongside likeminded people with a passion for their work,
and being around the other ACT students and Coast Flight staff who are so passionate about flying makes me even more excited to be a pilot.

Q: What was the biggest reason you chose the ACT program?

A: The ACT program stood out because of its relationship Coast Flight has with SkyWest Airlines.
The program offers an unparalleled level of peace of mind and guidance with the conditional offer of employment from the airlines.
Once I actually heard from some individuals from SkyWest, it became clear that SkyWest values a positive attitude and pilots who love to go to work,
two things that I really love about SkyWest.

Q: What was the hardest part of the screening?

A: The interviews were challenging, partly because I was so nervous. However the whole screening process felt unique and really forces the applicant to think like a pilot, which was pretty fun.

Q: What did you most enjoy about the screening?

A: The simulator evaluation was definitely my favorite part. Just being in the cockpit and flying a plane was a lot of fun, even if it was a simulation.

Q: Who was the first person you called, and why, when you found out you had been accepted to the ACT Program and had a conditional offer of employment from SkyWest Airlines?

A: I told my girlfriend and my parents, simply because they’ve both been so supportive of me and my decision to pursue an aviation career. I feel very lucky to have them around.

Q: Since you have started your college and flight training, what do you enjoy the most?

A: I’m just enjoying the whole experience of learning how to be a pilot. I feel really fortunate to be in the program so I’m doing my best to work hard to be the best pilot I can be.

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