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Congratulations To Coast President, Will Dryden!

Will has been approved by Cirrus and designated as a Platinum CSIP. Dedication to the CSIP program, Cirrus flight instruction, and the Cirrus brand are recognized.   As a Cirrus Platinum Partner, Will has joined an elite group consisting of only the top Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots that have differentiated themselves as the best in an already fantastic network of partners.

Will wasn’t just handed this title.  He has been working hard since the day he started Coast.  Last month, Cirrus sent out one of their own from Duluth, to come fly with Will.  Randi Pederson put him through a full Cirrus checkride prior to deeming him worthy of this elite title.

Even Cirrus Aircraft was quoted: “. . .Cirrus Aircraft team is truly appreciative of your dedication to the safety of the pilots of our airplanes, and are privileged to have such talented flight instructors such as yourself as a partner.”

Congratulations on achieving this distinctive title Will.  Everyone at Coast is proud to be working with you.

As a beginner pilot, it’s important to develop good habits right from the get-go. This is made much easier when the very first aircraft you pilot is a high-quality, technically advanced model like the one you’ll fly as a professional. At Coast Flight Training, all trainees are given access to a Cirrus aircraft—categorized by the FAA as a technically advanced aircraft (TAA)—to help students avoid having to re-learn basic techniques, as they would have to do if they started on an inferior aircraft.

But what makes the Cirrus worthy of a TAA title? A TAA is equipped with, at least, a moving map display (to communicate real-time flight information to passengers using information from the navigation system), an IFR-approved GPS navigator and an autopilot (a mechanical, hydraulic or electrical system to guide a vehicle without human assistance). With these tools, a pilot can be more aware of his or her location, the terrain, weather and traffic in the area. Moreover, built-in redundancies in a TAA ensure that if one system fails, there is a second on hand to pick up the slack. In the Cirrus, a specialized avionics system in the cockpit keeps all this data organized and easily accessible by the pilot at all times via two displays: the Primary Flight Display (PFD) and the Multifunction Display (MFD). The MFD shows a range of useful information, including the following:

The moving map
XM Weather
Engine instrumentation
Airport Information
XM Radio (when workload is low in cruise)
EVS Infrared Vision

In such a versatile and high-performing aircraft, passengers, crew and cargo stand a better chance of a safe, successful flight. Coast Flight trainees have access to all this technology right from the beginning—a unique experience for student pilots in San Diego that they can get only at Coast. Additionally, the entire Cirrus Transition Course can be completed in only 10-12 hours, which is easily manageable in a weekend!

Coast Flight Training welcomes our newest Cirrus to the fleet. N788JN is a 2004 Cirrus SR20 that comes with WAAS and Traffic system upgrades. The aircraft was bought in Oregon and will be delivered next week.

As you can see on the Multi Function Display a strong cold front was approaching Aurora State Airport when Will took the airplane for the test flight. All he said was “this is not San Diego weather for sure!” Winds were 170@17 gusting 33kts, Moderate Turbulence and rain really starting to come down hard! Besides the nasty weather the plane flew flawless and will be an amazing addition to the Coast Flight Training Fleet!

Weather can be a pilot’s best friend or worst enemy. For the true pilot, there is hardly anything more pleasant than a flight on a beautiful day, but inclement weather can quickly create situations that are both difficult and hazardous. Even worse, bad weather has a tendency to turn up out of nowhere like an unwelcome distant relative during the holidays. Coast Flight Training is committed to preparing its pilots for bad weather so that when the winds howl and the sky darkens, those pilots can bring their aircraft safely and successfully back home.

Summer Mountain Waves

Unfortunately, not all undesirable weather conditions manifest like rainclouds, in a readily noticeable way. Mountain waves, for example, are strong invisible wind currents that form as air flows over mountain ridges. Loss of control of the aircraft and subsequent disaster can result if these currents catch a pilot off-guard. Although the currents are themselves invisible, the perceptive pilot who knows what to look for can still spot them. Look for standing lenticular and rotor clouds, which appear deceptively motionless, but in fact indicate winds of up to 50 knots or greater. If you suspect mountain waves, keep a high altitude. You’ll want to gain at least 4,000 feet before crossing the mountain, and if possible, plan to cross at a 45-degree angle.


More easily noticeable than mountain waves, but no less dangerous, thunderstorms in Southern California tend to form over mountains and always point to unstable atmospheric conditions. A thunderstorm is a deadly cocktail of every possible weather phenomenon and should always be avoided. Never fly under a thunderstorm, and if you must fly around it, keep a distance of at least 20 miles.

Bad weather rushes to mountains like a moth to the flame, so whenever you fly near mountains, keep an eye open for these and other potential hazards. As always, keep multiple plans handy so you can adapt if as the situation changes.

For most people, checking the weather is a simple matter of sticking a hand out the window. Cold? Wear a scarf. Raining? Get a jacket. But for pilots, the weather report is not so straightforward. Weather conditions, good or bad, have a dramatic impact on how an aircraft needs to be flown, so knowing the weather in intimate detail is an essential part of the pilot’s job; pilots must work with the weather, never against it. Coast Flight Training embraces this paradigm and therefore spares no effort to make sure pilots know how to assess and respond to various types of weather conditions.

Gauging the Weather

Weather is described in two ways: what is happening currently (observation), and what is going to happen soon (forecast). Both types of information are useful to pilots, and are equally important to know. Both are available via a variety of reporting formats.


  • METAR: The most common source of weather information for pilots worldwide, these are issued mainly by airports.
  • Radar summary report: Information about precipitation.
  • U.A. reports: Probably the best source, these are reported by pilots in the air and give real time weather conditions.

Forecasts come through a separate set of reports, including:

  • Terminal aerodrome report (TAF): Provided by some—but not all—airports, these are predictions for the local area in the immediate future.
  • Area forecast (FA): Explains the reasons for weather conditions.
  • 12 and 24-hour prognostic reports: Predicts where pressures and fronts will move.

Stay Informed, Stay Safe

Pilots must become comfortable reading these and other weather reports so they can stay abreast of the most current situations and fly accordingly. Before flying, check these reports and make a careful “go/no-go” decision. While in the air, continue to check for updates and adjust your flight plan whenever necessary. Know your personal limits and those of the aircraft so the weather can remain a friend and not become an enemy.

The Surface Prognostic (Prog) Charts are available at the Aviation Digital Data Services

March 10, 2011
TO: Airline Apps Applicants
RE:  American Eagle Pilot Hiring News

American Eagle Pilot Recruitment wanted to share some exciting news with you.  American Eagle began hiring over a year ago.  We hired 255 pilots in 2010.  Our hiring projections for 2011 is over620 pilots.  Why the big increase?  Four main factors are driving the increase:

  • Delivery of new CRJs
  • Senior Pilots Flowing to American Airlines
  • Increased capacity and expanding route structure
  • Impending changes to the rest rules

If you would like to be a part of these exciting times, make sure you have filled out the application for American Eagle Airlines including our addendum.  We are interviewing every week and pilot classes are starting every other week.  It would be our pleasure to have you come for an interview so we can meet and discuss your employment possibilities with American Eagle.

If you have an application on file and are interested in a pilot position please send your resume to:

Pilot Recruitment
American Eagle Airlines

Success, to most pilots, revolves around developing a close relationship with your airplane. When you are sitting at the controls, it is essential not only to know how they work, but also to trust them. A pilot who has a less intimate relationship with his or her aircraft runs the risk of putting passengers or cargo in jeopardy—a risk that no pilot should take. The exceptional pilot won’t fly without equipment that is unfailingly dependable, such as the Garmin Perspective System. This fabulous system brings together a host of utilities that help ensure the pilot’s safety and comfort so that he or she can put their trust in the aircraft and focus on flying.

Safety and Air Data

All pilots recognize that the best flight is the one which is safest; other factors aside, no flight can be successful without it first being safe. To that end, Coast Flight Training employs the Garmin Perspective, which offers more superb safety features than most other systems. These include an Attitude, Heading Reference System (AHRS), which utilizes a laser to pitch attitude with extreme accuracy. Because pilots are often called upon to operate in poor weather, the Garmin Perspective is able to create a synthetic vision of terrain, regardless of the conditions. If one screen should happen to fail, the unit can transfer the most important flight data onto another screen, so the pilot is never flying blind. However, having data available is only beneficial if it’s accurate: the Garmin Perspective uses sophisticated air data computers so that data about Attitude, airspeed and altitude are always right on.


Once a pilot is certain the aircraft is safe and providing accurate information, he or she will be able to ride comfortably and focus on the big picture. Failing to recognize something in adverse wx could be critical. Nothing would be worse than making a flight error because you were distracted. The GPS is intuitive to learn, and functional for the pilot to use. It even comes with XM radio so that you can relax and work on building that close relationship with the aircraft necessary for the best flying experience.

Go to this link and Take a tour of Coast Flight Training’s new facilities!!!  We look forward to meeting you in person.

Ever have  a hard time hearing ATIS on the radio?  Whether it is because you aren’t quite in range yet of the frequency or maybe it is because one end or the other of the communications just isn’t that great.  Will and Adam don’t have that problem!

When Will and Adam left Duluth, MN they had intended to fly to KAPA.  However, they ended up diverting to KAKO instead.  As you can see by this MFD screen shot, weather was less then ideal for flying in this area of the country.  That is unless you are in the new FIKI equiped Cirrus.  Certainly Will and Adam were not inclined to actually land and exit the airplane at KCOS as they were flying over, but with the METAR and TAF’s being provided right on the MFD they knew exactly what they were flying over.  No guesing going on in this cockpit.  They had the advanced technology of the Cirrus Garmin Perspective avionics backing them up every step of the way so they were able to make extremely informed decisions during their flights.

Training in San Diego is arguably, the best airspace environment to learn to fly. The southern California area contains some of the busiest and most challenging airspace in the world. Throughout your training you will become increasingly more comfortable in this very diverse airspace environment. Within an hour flight radius of Coats Flight Academy, there are 2 class B, 5 Class C, 21 Class D, 3 restricted military zones and over 70 uncontrolled airports.

Within that same distance, you will overfly endless miles of coastline to the west and overfly and land at airfields as high as 8,000 ft MSL. In the San Diego flight operations area, we are blessed with beautiful weather the majority of the year. However, the coastal fog layer and diverse weather of California gives us ample opportunity to train IFR in real instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). Furthermore, your training will take you to place such as Las Vegas, The Grand Canyon, Phoenix, lake Tahoe and Mexico.

Living in San Diego is to enjoy the best that California has to offer. San Diego is widely recognized as one of the best places, in the word, to live. The actual lifestyle in San Diego covers a wide range of activities from sailing and surfing, to jogging or playing golf. Whether you are riding your bike or going for an evening stroll, the natural beauty of the San Diego area surrounds you wherever you go. San Diego’s coastline is dominated by beautiful sandy beaches and boardwalks. having some of the best restaurants in California, San Diego offers a very diverse and wide range of dining options. Furthermore, San Diego is home to the major league Baseball team the San Diego padres and the NFL San Diego Chargers. In San Diego, the weather averages 70 degrees(F), with 267 days of sun per year. San Diego was rated the #2 place to live in the U.S. ina nationwide poll conducted by Pew Research Center in 2008.