CNN Pilot Shortage

Posted February 26th, 2014

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.

Click here to view the CNN article: World needs pilots! Record growth leads to record need

CNN article

Wall Street Journal Pilot Shortage

Posted February 25th, 2014

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.

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WSJ Article


Use VA Benefits for Flight Training

Posted October 11th, 2013


Kiersten Rich at Coast Flight “The Blonde Abroad”!

Posted October 8th, 2013

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!

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Coast Flight 2013: A Pioneer in Scenario-Based Training

Posted September 12th, 2013

Scenario-Based Training was adopted by Coast Flight Training back in August of 2008. SBT is a blend of multiple learning solutions in which awareness and experience are valued and the lines between training and performance improvement are blurred. The focus is on improved outcomes rather than the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Each lesson is careful designed to replicate real life journeys to different airports and different locations. The scenarios involve gaining all necessary knowledge and skills to effective execute your duty. The Scenario’s vary in difficulty, flight time, airport stops, mid-flight objectives and performance focus. See example.


It has been shown these techniques provide our clients with the application of the knowledge they received in ground school. The way the pilot integrates new knowledge into more challenging flights vastly improves his cognitive awareness of his surroundings. This is distinctively different than maneuver-based training in which a student pilot travels to the same airspace over and over to practice different moves in the aircraft. Scenario-based training brings the adventure and excitement back into the aviation industry. Travel to new places and different airfields while gaining real world experience and skills that are valued by employers. Coast’s pilots are better qualified for industry jobs because they have traveled to numerous airports, explored different areas and conquered changing atmospheric conditions. SBT is at the heart of Coast’s methodology because it is the only way to truly train an adequate pilot by today’s high standards.


Our commitment to this training methodology has been proven effective with the recent change in the FAA- Industry Training Standards (FITS). The FAA states, at, “FITS is focused on the redesign of general aviation training. Instead of training pilots to pass practical test, FITS focuses on expertly manage real-world challenges. Scenario based training is used to enhance the GA pilots aeronautical decision making, risk management, and single pilot resource management skills. We do this without compromising basic stick and rudder skills.” With the FAA embracing the tried and true methods of Scenario-based training, Coast will continue to innovate the flight training certificate process. Keep up with Coast Flight Training to stay on top of the aviation industry as we continue to create quality pilot for the future.

The Pilot Shortage 2013

Posted September 5th, 2013

The commercial aviation climate is quickly expanding. Industry leader Boeing estimates a worldwide demand over the next 20 years for 460,000 new pilots as well as 600,000 mechanics and technicians to maintain all of the aircraft. Combined, Boeing projects the need for over 1 million new specifically-trained aviation industry employees worldwide.

Pilot Shortage

There is currently a vicious cycle in this industry causing the supply of pilots to drastically drop while the demand continues to steadily rise. Airline attrition rate is increasing due to an aging generation of pilots. In the past decade, the economy has made it difficult for anyone to get the necessarily flight time to make it into the airline job market. This has forced the current generation of pilots to stay in longer; regulations have been adapted to accommodate a higher retirement age. More and more pilots are aging and are being forced into retirement. Yet, there are no new pilots to replace them. Retirement itself is not the problem. Pilots have always retired and always will. The issue is there is no new supply coming in.

While regulation changes have made a small attempt to accommodate the demand by increasing the airline retirement age by five years, other regulation changes have impeded the growth of the supply of pilots. As of August 2013, pilots must meet much higher time requirements before they can even be considered for airline employment at the lowest levels, now the 1500 hour rule. To add to the strain on the shortage, regulations recently changed the required rest period length between duty periods. This is all in the name of safety and deemed necessary. However the one adjustment of an increased retirement age is not enough to counteract the effects the other regulation changes have had on the pilot shortage.

Airlines will soon be facing a new epidemic—pilot shortages. These anticipated shortages are the result of several structural trends as well as new regulatory changes, including economic recovery of the airline industry, consolidation of major airlines, mandatory retirement age and an aging workforce, and new federal guidelines that increase the experience required to join the industry. Over the past five years, several major airlines in the United States have merged. The consolidation and lack of competition has some industry commentators projecting that for the first time since deregulation, airlines have an opportunity to be profitable. This could signal a great opportunity for the pilots of tomorrow’s airline industry.

With more than half of current U.S. pilots over the age of 50 and a mandatory retirement age of 65, many pilots will be forced into retirement in the next 10 years. Compounding this problem is the fact that new pilot training has declined over the past five years. These industry factors mean there has never been a better time to get a commercial pilot license with Coast Flight Training.

South Eastern Caribbean and onto Mexico

Posted June 28th, 2013


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.enroute-to-barbados

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.   volcano-st-lucia 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

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. pjuliana-warning-sign 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.pjuliana-waiting


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. land-sb

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!   st-barts 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

Days 10 & 11, Crossed Over International Borders

Posted June 15th, 2013

photo-41 Well Daniel and François finally have made it into the first of the Caribbean Islands.  First stop is the Bahamas.  Flying from Florida across the US ADIZ, the first sight of the Bahamas for them was the Bimini Islands.  With so much open water and several islands they haven’t seen previously, GPS navigation came into great use.  With the flight plan loaded into the Avidyne system, they were able to follow their planned course.  Triangulating with the Bimini and Nassau VOR’s, they did not drift off course at all. triangle

Andros Island was next in sight and New Providence was dead ahead.  The point of entry for Daniel and François was Nassau.  Since this is a foreign country, they had to announce their intent to land prior to even taking off from Florida.  They filed an international flight plan and eAPIS.  Authorities at Nassau gave them a clearance to land well before they were near the airport.


This photo is taken at 5500 feet and 15 miles out from runway 14 at Nassau.



photo-21The Bahamas was fairly easy as far as international paperwork goes.  After officially entering the country at Nassau, they continued to fly around the Bahamas and incorporate some maneuvers such as the turn around a point and S-turns to get just the right photo angle.  François sure got in a lot of practice to get the perfect photo of the beautiful islands and bright blue water.  Too many photos to put up here.  However, the walls of Coast will be sure to have a couple of these amazing shots put up upon their return.  They ended for the day at Staniel Cay.  They will relax and possibly swim with the pigs!  A must see for anyone visiting the island. bahamas

Days 6&7, Daniel and François are enjoying Key West.

Posted June 11th, 2013


photo-1_2 Daniel and François haven’t ventured into the Caribbean islands just yet.  They are having a lot of fun exploring Florida and Key West area.  To the left is the Florida Everglades they explored yesterday.  The Florida coastline landscape is providing François with ample training on navigation and weather.  Thunder storms are moving in and out which is great for learning real time flight planing.  Not every area has the beautiful stable weather we have here in San Diego.  So this is providing a great opportunity for François to put his ground studies to good use and make last minute adjustments to the days flight plan accordingly.Keys Roadmapphoto-3_1 photo-5_0 The Florida keys provide a great road map for François to use his pilotage skills as he locates his destination of Key West.

Go Pro cameras are along for the ride and have captured the landing at Key West.  You can check out video of the landing on our Facebook page:  We are looking forward to some amazing video as they adventure into the islands.

Day number 8 is a rest day in Key West as they wait for a storm to pass.  They should be on their way to the islands bright and early on Day 9.  They are prepped and prepared for the islands.  Everything from emergency survival and signaling gear to high power mosquito repellant is packed.  International documents are on board for the aircraft and the pilots and they are ready to take on the Caribbean.  Flying the Cirrus is going to make this experience a million times more comfortable and less stressful.  Flying over open ocean can be pretty stressful on the pilot’s mind.  But the navigational equipment on board along with the extra built in safety equipment the Cirrus has relieved a lot of the excess worry from these pilot’s minds.  They can enjoy the flight knowing they are in the safest general aviation aircraft possible!  Stay tuned for some amazing photographs and details of the awesome experiences they are about to encounter with international island flying.

Day 4 And In Florida For The Night

Posted June 8th, 2013

photo-1_1 Daniel and François had to wait a day for Tropical Storm Andrea to pass.  Sometimes in private flying weather can cause a minor delay.  Stuck in Louisiana on day 3, the storm has finally passed and they were able to depart this morning to head to Florida.  With just 5.2 hours of flight time today, they reached Vero Beach, FL. Between Baton Rouge, LA and Vero Beach, FL, François had to put his ground school knowledge to use and recall weather and airspace regulations he has learned.

photo-3_0Starting out, it was pure clear skies over the Gulf of Mexico.  However, after a bit there were a few clouds.  Cloud clearances changed every once in a while as they progressed through various airspaces including Oralndo’s Class B.  While in the area, they flew around Walt Disney World for an amazing view at just 3,500 feet above the park.  François made his instructor proud when he properly planned ahead of time for the TFR that surrounds Disney World and adjusted the flight plan accordingly.

Vero BeachJust going to relax in the nice post tropical storm weather and enjoy the sunset tonight.

Total Flight Time so far:17.2



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