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Congratulations Adam Vornsand and Nick Cline!

These two men have been awarded Coast Flight’s Grand Aviation Scholarships, and will now begin their career as airline pilots.

Adam and Nick, along with 23 other students, won Coast’s Ground School Scholarship, which covered the cost of their Private Pilot Ground School. At the end of the course, all 25 students took their written exam, and then those with the highest scores combined with regular participation and professionalism, were invited to interview with Coast Flight Executives as finalists. Four students made it into the interview round, and Adam and Nick were chosen as the winners.

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The Pathway to Becoming Professional Pilots

Now that Adam and Nick have committed to following their dreams to becoming professional pilots, their journey is ready to begin. On May 15th, the two will interview with Envoy Air to receive their individual offers of employment before they begin training at Coast Flight. After their interviews, here’s a breakdown of what their pathway to becoming professional pilots will look like:

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Start Training for Airline Careers at Coast Flight

Adam and Nick will begin their first steps in becoming professional pilots at Coast Flight. Coast offers some of the highest quality training available and has been recognized with several awards of flight training achievements. These two will receive individualized training and education to meet their needs to succeed in the program.

Begin Employment as a Certified Flight Instructor

After receiving their Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) rating, Adam and Nick can start working as flight instructors. They’ll get paid while they work to finish their 1,500 hours required to be employable by commercial airlines. After graduating, these two will have roughly 280 hours of flight under their belt. Fortunately, with Coast, they can get paid to reach their 1,500 hour goal by working for Envoy Air at Coast Flight. All of the benefits of being employed by Envoy Air will begin as Adam and Nick help new pilots learn to fly.

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Become a First Officer at a Regional Airline

Upon completion of their 1,500 hours, Adam and Nick will be able to begin flying with Envoy Air. Envoy operates regional flights as an American Airlines subsidiary, and will give the guys an opportunity to begin flying larger aircraft with more passengers. Envoy offers an industry-leading flow-through to American, providing Adam and Nick a direct path to the career of their dreams.

Live Your Dream: Fly for a Major Airline

After three to five years at Envoy air, the guys will be able to continue their airline careers with American Airlines. In only seven years from the day they start training, they will be fully immersed in the career they’ve always wanted. Once Adam and Nick begin their careers with American Airlines, they will enter in line for seniority progression. The longer they fly, the more money they make – top pilots make over $300,000 a year to work only a few trips every month. They’ll also get to pick routes, utilize travel benefits, and enjoy seeing the word.
 
Coast is extremely happy to offer this opportunity to Adam and Nick, and can’t wait to see them progress through their airline careers.
 
Additionally, Coast is pleased to have an offer for the students who didn’t win the Grand Aviation Scholarship. For those 23 students, Coast was still able to offer them a partial scholarship to continue their flight training. If the student attended all ground school classes, he or she was offered a mini scholarship of $10,000. This amount is to be applied to his or her flight training in Coast’s Airline Direct program, and will be divided in $2,000 increments towards the Private Pilot, Instrument, Single Engine Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, and Certified Instrument Instructor ratings. Coast flight is pleased to remain at the forefront of the flight training industry and is eager to help these students advance their careers.

Earth Day and The Aviation Industry

This year, Earth Day is on Saturday, April 22nd, and the airline industry has some creative ways to celebrate and contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions produced. Currently the airline industry is responsible for about 2% of global carbon emissions and that number is expected to exponentially grow, hitting 22% by 2050. As a result, the industry has recognized that is has a responsibility to keep our air clean and reduce as much negative environmental impact as possible. Here are some of the most creative ways we can see the airline industry helping keep our Earth clean:

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Solar Powered Flight

The Solar Impulse was the first solar powered airplane to fly across the United States, through the night, and between continents. The First Round-The-World Solar Flight was manned by pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, and lasted from March 2015 through July 2015. This aircraft was the first to fly completely on solar power, with absolutely no fuel, leading to a cleaner way of air travel.

The crew was the first to fly five days and five nights straight solely using solar power, setting countless records, and more importantly, setting a new challenge for the airline industry. According to Bertrand Piccard, “The problem with our society is that, despite all the grand talk about sustainable development, we are a long way from making use of the clean technologies that are already available to us. Those solutions bring opportunities to create jobs, make profit, sustain the growth of the industry, and at the same time protect the environment.” Piccard and Borschberg want the airline industry, and the world, to explore the possibilities of clean, renewable energies like solar power and get creative with the future of flight.

Low Emissions Aircraft

“Boeing airplanes use 70 percent less fuel now compared with the start of the Jet Age through technology alone,” shared Julie Felgar, the managing director of Commercial Airplane’s Environmental Strategy and Integration team. To continue increasing this percentage, Boeing has recently released its family of Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

The 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners are both roughly 20% more fuel efficient than the airplanes they were created to replace, while the 787-10 is 25% more fuel efficient. 787_earthblogBecause of this, less fuel is used, producing less carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Additionally, the new Dreamliner family now flies more direct routes, meaning less fuel is used to make stops along the way. The Dreamliner aircraft are also larger in space, meaning more people and baggage can fly with the same amount of fuel being used.

American Airlines is also working to reduce carbon emissions through replacing their fleet with new, more energy efficient models. Their goal is to fly the youngest U.S. based fleet internationally, and replace older aircraft which burn more fuel, produce more emissions, and have increased energy costs. Newer aircrafts are made to burn less fuel and utilize new energy technology, so the change in fleet will greatly decrease American’s contribution to carbon emissions and fuel inefficiency. American Airlines is proud to boast that they have played a key role in U.S. based airlines reducing emissions by 3.4 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide from 1978 to 2012. They’ve been at the forefront of the environmentally friendly flight industry, and plan to remain innovative and key players in the changes to come.

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Minor Changes, Major Impact

Industry leaders are making the following changes to help contribute to reducing carbon footprints:

  • Go paperless! American Airlines’ flight attendants and pilots have begun using iPads and eManuals rather than paper. This change has led to American reducing amounts of CO2 emissions by 2,100 metric tons each year due to the decrease in weight.
  • Install winglets. This is a small vertical piece added to the end of each wing, which cuts down the amount of fuel needed to fly because of the improved wing lift.
  • Taxi with one engine. There is no need to power up both engines, and utilizing one engine taxiing reduces fuel consumption significantly.

United Nations’ Civil Aviation Organization

The United Nations’ Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) met in October of 2013 and signed an unprecedented agreement to stop emissions caused by international aviation at 2020. After this, ICAO agreed that all growth must be carbon-neutral, if not carbon-negative. From 2021 through 2026, 65 countries have agreed to participate in the process of becoming carbon-neutral. Starting in 2027, participation will be mandatory for all major countries. This stands to be a long-term plan for the aviation industry to reduce its carbon emissions and contribute to the well-being of our planet.

Red Bull Air Race in San Diego

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The 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship is underway and, for the first time in eight year, it’ll be coming back to San Diego, CA. The Air Race came to town for the first time in 2007, then again in 2008, and 2009. After an eight year hiatus, the competition will come to San Diego for its second stop on April 15th and 16th.
 
Today, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is known as the fastest and most exhilarating motorsport competition ever. The competition was conceptualized in 2002, and executed for the first time in 2003. The concept was to create the most advanced aerial challenge in existence, and the expectations were quickly met and exceeded. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship quickly gaining mass interest from pilots and fans alike.
 
This race is now a huge spectacle with its combination of low altitude, high speed, and extreme maneuverability. These characteristics are what attract the top 14 pilots in the world to spend months fighting to win the title of World Champion.
 
In order to win, these pilots must navigate their way around an aerial racetrack, maneuvering through 82 feet high pylons with minimal spacing and extreme accuracy. The goal of each race is to get the highest points by flying the fastest possible time and collecting the least amount of penalties. At the end of each Race Day, pilots are awarded points based on which place they finished in, and at the end of the nine month race season, the pilot with the greatest number of points is named the Red Bull Air Race World Champion.

Master Class Category

The Master Class category is the group of pilots all spectators come to see. They’re the best of the best, and the ones battling for the title of 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Champion. Here’s a rundown of what these pilots’ schedule looks like:

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  • Training – The two days before Qualifying Day, all pilots must attend a minimum of two of the four training sessions. All pilots are to be at the final one, which determines the starting order for Qualifying Day.
  • Qualifying Day (Day 1) – This day takes place the day before the official race start. Spectators gather around to watch the two mandatory qualifying sessions, with the best times continuing on to better brackets for race day.
  • Race Day (Day 2) – There are three rounds on race day.

    1. Round of 14: All competitors battle for one of the top spots in this round. The fastest seven in each heat, as well as the fastest last place, move on to Round of 8.
    2. Round of 8: The top 8 competitors participate in this penultimate race. The four fastest pilots will advance to the final round.
    3. Final 4: This is the most exciting race for spectators. The four fastest from Round of 8 face off to see who places 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

The Challenger Cup

In addition to the competition to become the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Champion, there is another race which takes place during each event: The Challenger Cup. This is a division of newer pilots who are just dipping their toes in the world of thrilling motor sports. In this division, nine pilots race to develop their low altitude flying skills within racing conditions. By adding this introduction to the sport, safety is increased as pilots get a taste of the true competition before entering the Master Class category.

2017 Competition Recap

With only one stop under their belt, the pilots are all standing an equal shot at first place for the 2017 season. Thus far Martin Sonka from the Czech Republic is in first with 15 points, followed by Juan Velarde of Spain with 12 points, and Pete McLeod of Canada with 9 points.
 
Cirrus Aircraft is sponsoring Michael Goulian, who took 6th place in Abu Dhabi, but has much higher expectations for his time in San Diego. After taking home the first DHL Fastest Lap of the season, Goulian and the entire Cirrus team are eager for the next race to be under way.

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If you’re interested in attending the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship event in San Diego, tickets can be found here: https://www.universe.com/users/red-bull-air-race-san-diego-4TR9SB.

Summer Internships

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.

Boeing 787 – 10 Dreamliner

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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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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.

Cirrus Releases SR22T: Generation 6


 
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.
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    • 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.

Endeavor Air Announces $80,000 Pilot Retention Program

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.
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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 employment – that’s up to $80,000 just in bonus compensation! This generous opportunity comes in addition to the company’s competitive compensation package. Endeavor Air states that new pilots will earn $44,000 in their first year thanks to this new bonus, and their earnings will go up each year with a fourth year salary totaling over $80,000. If you’re looking for even more incentive, Endeavor pilots are also given up to 15 days off every month to relax or earn additional income, and have the opportunity to take as many as 35 days of vacation throughout the year. New hires aren’t the only ones with an opportunity to earn additional compensation at the airline, though. 04All current Endeavor pilots will have an opportunity to earn $2,000 for each new pilot they refer who successfully finishes the airline’s training program and joins the team.

What This Means for Prospective Student Pilots

Completing a flight training program, such as Coast Flight’s Airline Career Training (ACT) program, puts new pilots in an excellent position. There’s no denying that the airline industry is facing a shortage of pilots, and airlines like Endeavor are clearly in need of skilled new aviators to join their ranks. This pioneering retention program may be the most generous in the nation for regional pilots, but it isn’t the only one of its kind being offered at the moment. Other regional airlines such as Envoy Air, GoJet Airlines and Silver Airways have also announced signing bonuses ranging from $5,000 to $12,000 for new pilots.

With regional airlines going out of their way to attract new pilots, it looks like 2015 is an excellent time to begin training for a career in aviation. Contact Coast Flight to learn more.

Airlines will continue to add incentives to an aviation career as the 2015 Pilot Shortage shows no sign of slowing down.

The Pilot Shortage 2015 and Beyond

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.

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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 for First Officer Qualifications include an increase in the number of hours that first officers are required to complete – to 1,500 hours – effectively reducing the number of qualified pilots in the job pool. Another new rule added to the Federal Aviation Regulations, FAR Part 117, has also increased the number of pilots that air carriers are required to employ to ensure adequate rest hours between shifts. This new rule alone has created an estimated increase in over 8% of total airline pilots the airlines must hire to comply.

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With older pilots retiring year after year, the demand for new pilots with adequate training and sufficient flight hours is that much greater. The demand is particularly intense for regional airlines in the U.S., which currently employ fewer than 18,000 pilots in total. At the same time, our nation’s major airlines are expected to require more than 18,000 new pilots due to retirements over the next decade, and Boeing even predicts that half a million new pilots will be needed over the next two decades. Many of the pilots currently working for regional airlines are expected to leave their current positions to help fill this void within major airlines, essentially shifting the shortage from one area of the industry to another. Airports across the nation are losing service, and many more are at risk. United Airlines has even ended its Cleveland service due to its shortage of qualified pilots available to fly.

What This Means for Budding Pilots

The situation appears dire for regional airlines and their passengers around the United States, but for those considering a career in aviation this shortage is creating abundant opportunities to join the work force. Pay rates are on the rise and many airlines offer signing bonuses to entice new pilots and to fill the increasing number of vacancies in the industry. Coast Flight even offers student pilots the opportunity to interview with SkyWest and secure a Conditional Offer of Employment, so those who have what it takes will already have a job waiting for them upon completion of their required training and flight hours.

There couldn’t be a better time to become an airline pilot. Contact Coast Flight today to learn more about what it takes.

See how airlines are reacting to this news in 2015 by reading about Endeavor’s Pilot Retention Program!

Four Key Elements of Professionalism for Pilots

professional pilotProjecting a professional image is a key requirement for achieving success as a commercial pilot. The National Transportation Safety Board considers pilot professionalism to be of such critical importance in the aviation field that it sponsored a 2010 forum specifically devoted to this topic. Appearance, decisiveness, initiative and an unselfish attitude are essential elements in building your reputation as a consummate professional.
 
#1. Appearance
 
Keeping your uniform clean and pressed can help you present a crisp, pulled-together image for your passengers and crew. Meticulous attention to detail will help you look your best on the job:
 
• Shoes and belts should match and should be in a dark or neutral shade. Shoes for both men and women should be polished and appropriate to the working environment.
• Hats, if worn, should be in good taste and be worn in the appropriate way.
• Neatly trimmed, clean hair is a must for both men and women in the aviation industry. Extreme fashion statements are to be avoided when choosing hairstyles. For men, a neatly groomed mustache is typically acceptable; a full beard or shaggy mustache is not.
• Visible piercings and tattoos are frowned upon in the professional environment. Single pierced earrings for women are an exception to this general rule.
• Duty uniforms must be clean, pressed and worn according to employer regulations.
 
Even when you are not on duty, making an effort to look your best and to dress conservatively can reinforce your professional image.
 
#2. Decisiveness
 
As a pilot, you will be called upon to make critical decisions on a daily basis. Thinking quickly and making the right calls is absolutely essential to ensure the safety of your passengers and crew. An assertive and calm demeanor is your best asset in making tough calls and can help you inspire added confidence in your crew as well.
 
#3. Initiative
 
Identifying problems quickly and taking steps independently to address these challenges is one of the hallmarks of a true professional in the aviation world. Pilots are called upon not only to perform their duties but to serve as leaders among the crew and within the industry. Living up to these high standards and working proactively to address small issues before they become big problems can help you succeed in the cockpit and in the corporate arena.
 
#4. Unselfishness
 
As a pilot, you will depend on your crew to support and facilitate your work. Maintaining an unselfish attitude and sharing your time and resources with these vital team members can help you build a rapport that can help you weather difficult times both in the air and on the ground.
 
Building a reputation for professionalism can open doors of opportunity for you as a pilot and can ensure your continued success in the fast-paced world of modern aviation.

How to Perform as an Airline First Officer

As the second in command to the captain of an aircraft, a first officer must always be ready to support his or her fellow pilot, the plane’s crew members and any passengers onboard. First officers are expected to act dependably and responsibly at all times in order to prove that they too have what it takes to be captain one day. The expectations are high, but a first officer who is able to prove their dedication and trustworthiness will often be able to move up through the ranks and become a captain. Jeff Bushnell, Col USAF (Ret), Director of Education and Aviation Standards for Coast Flight Training, recently discussed the expectations that first officers must meet in order to support their captain and prove that they are captain material. According to Bushnell, a first officer who possesses the following qualities and lives up to the following expectations should be a success.
 
The Top Expectations for Airline First Officers

 

• A Completely Competent Professional

In order to be a competent professional, the first officer must be a safe and skilled pilot above all else. This means following company procedures to the letter, possessing an excellent knowledge of the airline’s aircraft, and understanding every aspect of company and FAA regulations.

 

• A Pleasant Personality

A good first officer is also expected to be someone that others enjoy being around. Regardless of what else is going on in his or her life, the first officer must be able to get along with their captain and other colleagues if they’re going to successfully work together in cramped quarters for days at a time. Being unpleasant isn’t only annoying – it could put safety at risk.

 

• A Respectful Person

If a first officer doesn’t show respect to every member of their team, they will not gain any respect from other members of the airline’s team, including those who make decisions about promotions. First officers are expected to respect every customer, flight attendant and member of the airline personnel, regardless of rank or station.

 

• High Level of Responsibility

An excellent first officer must be a highly responsible person. If anything should ever happen to the pilot, the first officer must be able to step in, take control of the situation and make the right decisions in a split second. The expectation here is that the first officer will make a prudent decision that never puts lives at risk.

 

• The Ability to Work with a Team

Good pilots possess a pleasant personality and understand the importance of teamwork. The first officer is expected to work well with their fellow pilots, of course, but the team doesn’t end there. He or she must also work well with the maintenance personnel, gate agents and flight attendants and interact positively and personably with passengers.

 

• The Courage to Speak Up

The fact is that even the most skilled and qualified aircraft pilot will miss something or make at least a small mistake at some point in their career. The first officer must have the courage to speak up when their captain misses something, no matter how intimidating it may be. When lives are at stake, there is no time to stay silent.
About Jeff Bushnell
 
J. Jeffrey Bushnell, Col USAF (Ret), Director of Education and Aviation Standards, prepares Coast Flight Training’s students to meet the commercial aviation industry’s needs of today and tomorrow, and leads the flight school’s safety and standards. With 20,000+ flight hours under his belt, Bushnell developed Coast Flight’s extraordinary “scenario-based” (vs. maneuver-based) training syllabus, through which students learn to fly in real-life situations to different airports and through the same airspace as the airlines. Unique in the flight-training world, Coast Flight uses simulator training extensively, as do commercial airlines and the military.