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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.

Coast Flight’s Airline Career Training (ACT) Program has been rapidly growing in size since its inception in August 2014. The ACT program currently has 120 actively training students, and is excited to welcome another 15 who will start in late February. The program offers participants the opportunity to earn an accredited, FAA-approved Associate’s Degree from Indian Hills Community College. Indian Hills has been ranked in the top 10 percent of community colleges in the nation, and offers online courses for ACT students to take classes while flight training in beautiful San Diego, CA.

The degree in Aviation Pilot Training can be completed while students are building their hours for their next flight rating. Once students have completed the required flight ratings, they may work as a Commercial Pilot with one of our airline partners, and continue to finish their studies online from wherever their flights may take them.

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ACT student Danny Perez shared, “This offer allows us the opportunity to gain a degree and flight train at the same time, which makes the process of obtaining a job in the airline industry much quicker. The online classes make it easy for me to keep my daily schedule and study around it. ACT has also made it easy to meet and fly with my peers. Indian Hills Community College is constantly ranked amongst the top community colleges in the nation, which lets me know I am getting a great education while I train.”

When the ACT program was first introduced, Coast was quick to make sure that they not only had a college partner to offer an online degree, but also airline partners who would help students make connections and jumpstart their careers in the airline industry. Coast has two partner airlines who allow students to join pipeline programs to becoming airline pilots. SkyWest Airlines has given all ACT students a conditional offer of employment prior to flight training in the ACT Program. Envoy Air, an American Airlines subsidiary, holds interviews with ACT students upon completion of their Instrument Rating certificate. If an ACT student is selected by Envoy, they will have a guaranteed position as a pilot at American Airlines.

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Will Dryden founded Coast Flight in 2008 and shared, “When I started the company, I always knew that combining professionalism and fun would result in the best pilots. Our job was to encourage each student’s passion for aviation to surface while we molded the best professional aviators! The idea was Over 120 Students Enrolled in ACT always to help people realize their passion for flight and start exploring the sky. We now have partnerships with two of the largest regional airlines in the United States, who represent almost 6,000 pilots, and a top rated school, which I could not be more excited about.”

The ACT Program also offers incentives for veterans, accepting up to 100% coverage for the program costs from the Post-9/11 GI Bill after Private Pilot. If students don’t have military benefits, they can get up to 100% financing and have advisors to help figure out how to make their dreams a reality.

“The ACT Program is a truly unique opportunity for our students.” added Coast’s President, Bryan Simmons, “They can get a job offer before ever starting flight training. Students also have the ability to expedite their training and degree, and get to live in the best city for flight training. Sunny San Diego allows our students to train on a more regular basis, which helps get them their ratings faster. The ultimate goal is to help them reach a career as an airline pilot, and we are happy to see that this goal is being achieved with over 120 students now in the program and well on their way to professional pilot careers.”

Pictured: Coast CFI Kristen Verdi now flying for SkyWest Airlines!

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OTTUMWA — The Indian Hills Aviation Pilot Training Program is really taking off.

Wednesday morning, eight students enrolled in the Airline Career Training (ACT) Program received a conditional employment agreement with SkyWest Airlines after they finish their Associate of Applied Science degree.

This means that as long as students complete their program, with enough hours and flight experience, they will automatically be offered a position as a first officer at the airlines, based in San Diego, California.

“It’s basically like a gift card,” said Darren Graham, director of aviation programs and chief flight instructor at Indian Hills. “We give this to them as they go through training, and they don’t have to use it if they don’t want to, but it’s a great for students, and many are focused on going there right after the program.”

The applicants have had lots of training and interview practice up to this point. On Saturday, recruiters from SkyWest conducted interviews with the potential students. They awarded conditional job offers to students with outstanding interviews, high test scores and other criteria.

Graham believes this partnership with SkyWest is extremely valuable.

“We hope this program will attract new students to the industry; just like in any field, students go through all of the training then get experience, but when it’s time to interview, 50 percent don’t get hired,” said Graham. “We want to change that.”

This is the first year that the ACT program has been on the Indian Hills campus. ACT started a year prior via the Coast Flight Training in San Diego.

Graham thinks this program will bring a new sense of professionalism to the aviation program.

“This will raise the bar for our program — it’ll bring a whole new level of professionalism and safety — students are not only representing themselves and Indian Hills but they will be a representative of SkyWest Airlines and the ACT program,” said Graham.

Thatcher Carel, Kasey Murphy, Luis Zelaya, Brennan Parker, Levi Riddick, Aaron Riche, Tim Menninga and Robert Dodd were all conditionally given offers through the program.

Indian Hills flight instructor Michael O’Connor was conditionally accepted into the SkyWest Bridge program. The purpose of this program is to help bridge the gap between completion of CFI certification and building the minimum ATP qualifications as a pilot at SkyWest Airlines.

The SkyWest aircraft participants will fly 65-80 people. For more information on the ACT program, contact Graham at 641-683-4254.