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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.

Grand Aviation Scholarship Update

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!

Taking Off: CA-Based Flight Training Company Expands Into San Marcos

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.

Successful Airline Pilot Training Program Expands to San Marcos, TX

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.

Coast Flight Training Names Col Jeff Bushell, USAF (Ret.) Director of Education and Aviation Standards

Coast Flight Training has created a new position to foster the highest quality preparation for its pilot trainees and has named Col. Jeff Bushnell, USAF (Ret.) Director of Education and Aviation Standards. The retired Air Force colonel, flight examiner and squadron commander brings 43 years of military and airline aviation experience. Col. Bushnell retired from Continental Airlines with over 20,000 flight hours.

“Jeff brings over forty years of experience training pilots to military and commercial aviation standards,” said Will Dryden, Coast Flight’s President. “Jeff developed scenario-based training (SBT) while in the Air Force, long ago adapting it to the commercial carriers and has developed and ushered through the FAA-approval of Coast Flight’s unique scenario-based training program. Among other benefits of this proprietary scenario-based training, student pilots fly the same routes to the same airports as the airlines while training through various high traffic zones; they finish their training more than prepared for an airline job.”

Col. Bushnell served 29 years in the US Air Force Reserves where he began as a pilot, then instructed and tested new pilots, served as Squadron Commander and Wing Inspector General, and finally retired in 1999 as Reserve Advisor to Director of Requirements for the USAF.

In addition to a successful military career, Col. Bushnell worked in the airline industry for People Express Airlines and later Continental Airlines. He developed People Express’s Scenario-Based Training program for the B727 modeled after protocols he designed for the USAF.

Under its Aviation Career Training (ACT) Program, Coast Flight’s four-tiered pre-screening process, Coast Flight advocates for each applicant to ensure they meet the criteria to become a professional pilot, empowering candidates to make informed decisions prior to investing in an aviation career.

“Candidates don’t waste time and money without first knowing if they qualify. Coast Flight’s primary business goal is to create professional, responsible, highly trained pilots who the airlines will hire,” said Mr. Dryden. “We measure our success by the success of our candidates.”

ForeFlight

ForeFlight Mobile has released Version 4, the latest version of its popular app for the iPhone and iPad, to help guide pilots on the ground and during flights. The ForeFlight software application has been popular among pilots of small planes since its initial release, and Version 4 promises to offer even more helpful tools for flying such as a new airspaces feature, integrated FAA “green book” A/FD, navigation log, personal waypoints, plates organizer, and more. The technology isn’t perfect yet, but the latest version is a good additional resource to supplement the knowledge and on-plane tools that every pilot is working with.

The Pros of ForeFlight Mobile HD Version 4

Many pilots rave about ForeFlight for the instant access to A/FD, airport intelligence, flight planning, high quality weather and service providers, as well as its customized system for radar, satellite data and visualizing charts that assist in flight or at the airport. It offers a Download Manager that provides the latest data on a 28-day cycle, flight planning tools, and enhanced weather forecast imagery.

Version 4 does provide some striking enhancements, which are particularly helpful in the following areas:

  • Able to check airspace, fuel prices, NOTAMS, TFRs, weather, and wind aloft
  • Approved source of FAA chart supplements
  • Downloads approach plates, diagrams, IFT charts, and VFR charts for the entire U.S.
  • GPS moving map
  • File flight plan
  • Provides accurate airport information
  • Weather information on board
  • With a Bad Elf external antenna you will have GPS while in flight
  • IFR and VFR charts available
  • FBO information is available for every airport in country, it will have the contact numbers and the current fuel price.

Emergency Procedure Refresher Course

An in-flight emergency can occur at any moment. And depending on how long you’ve been flying, the skills and procedures you once learned about how to react in an emergency situation, may not remain clear in your memory years later. Even if you feel fairly familiar with emergency procedures, there is never such a thing as being too prepared for an emergency. For this reason, Coast Flight Training is offering an emergency procedure refresher course. After just one day, you will be far better off in any emergency flight situation than you were before.

The day is broken up into two hours of ground school and four hours of simulation, where you will be given the chance to react to an emergency in a very real and impacting way. The simulator time will be broken up into two lessons that airlines use to train their pilots. The course will involve both practical and real scenario lessons.

During the course, your instructor will go over routine emergency procedures, as well as abnormal procedures. You will be provided with methodology to handle any emergency in the most efficient and effective way possible.

The many benefits of a simulator course in handling emergencies include:
Inexpensive Cost. The simulator costs much less when compared to emergency training with an actual airplane.
Valuable Experience. Participants are allowed the opportunity to react to an engine failure and other hazardous situations. Participants are also able to have the experience of being in a real-time flight situation. You will learn quick decision-making skills, and have the option to terminate or avert flight.
Learning From The Past. Participants are able to experience and react to an example accident that has actually befallen other pilots. In the program, students are able to learn from their mistakes and access the procedures that would have made for a successful flight.
Memory Refresher. The course keeps skills fresh and ensures that you are adequately prepared to handle any emergency.

PREPARING For TAKEOFF

As senior Trevor Rogers was taxied onto the Montgomery Field runway, he took a deep breath.

“Montgomery Tower, Cirrus six-three-zero-sierra-foxtrot holding short two-eight right for an eastbound departure,” he said into his radio.

“Six-three-zero-sierra-foxtrot clear for eastbound departure two-eight right,” the tower crackled back.

And with that short exchange, Trevor was granted permission to fly the Cirrus SR-20. He leaned forward, closed his preflight checklist, and pulled onto the strip. As he began to pick up speed to prepare for takeoff, his face tensed slightly in anticipation. “When you’re taking off, it’s like, ‘Well, there’s no turning back now,’” Trevor said. “For the most part, once you’re going [on the runway], you have to get airborne. You can’t just stop and turn around.” Turning back isn’t something that Trevor would do though, not after all of his hard work. For him, earning his private pilot’s license last July was just one step in his ultimate dream of becoming a fighter pilot in the Air Force. “I’ve wanted to be in the military since I was little,” he said. “But when I was little, flying [didn’t seem like] a reality. When I actually went to the [Air Force Academy’s] summer seminar though, it became a reality.”

For a reality though, it was one that didn’t come easy. While earning his license, he had his grades to keep up and flight school, which dominated a large chunk of his time. And, since Trevor hopes to earn for a spot in the Air Force’s highly competitive Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) program after college, both his high school and college GPA need to be near perfect.

“It’s going to be really stressful,” he said. “I’m not going to be able to have as much fun necessarily because I’ll have a lot of work to do. It will be all worth it in the end because I’ll have a guaranteed job in the military serving my country.”

Trevor is stepping up to the challenge though. Ending the year with his GPA above a 4.0, his license gained, and even an $18,000 AFROTC scholarship, all that is left for Trevor is to keep moving forward and to keep doing what he loves—flying.

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The 2012 Cirrus Features

New Additions to the Cirrus SR22 for 2012

The Cirrus SR22 is known as the flagship aircraft from this leading manufacturer of small planes in the United States. The SR22 is seeing some exciting new additions this year, including extra seating, new appearance packages, an enhanced onboard satellite telephone system and a fully integrated communication system. It looks like 2012 is a great year to be flying one of these sleek single-engine planes.

Seating for Five

The SR22 has historically been a four-seater, but now Cirrus is offering “60/40 FlexSeating” in the back that allows for one additional person to sit comfortably. Optional seat belts also provide customized seating for one adult and two children in the rear seat. The new seating system weighs 10 pounds less than its predecessor, despite its increased capacity.

Appearance Packages

Cirrus has classed up its appearance packages to provide a sense of luxury, sophistication and style in the cockpit and rear. New appearance options range from the classic style of the Platinum Package to the modern Carbon Package, inspired by the adrenaline of flight.

New Satellite Telephone System

The on-board satellite telephone system now available for Cirrus SR22s enables both voice calls and text messaging during flights, as well as worldwide weather radar coverage. Pilots can use the same keypad that they program the GPS with to type and send text messages, making communication from the cockpit a breeze. The option is now being included as a way for passengers to stay connected en route, which is especially pertinent to business travelers, according to Matt Bergwall of Cirrus.

Perspective Global Connect™

This new communication technology for the SR22 allows pilots to communicate like never before. Having this fully integrated communication system within easy reach allows pilots to see worldwide weather reports with graphics on a screen right in front of them. The system also includes a satellite phone from Iridium® Communications that allows text messaging through the MFD and group or private calls through headsets in the cabin.

Features and Benefits of The Cirrus Perspective By Garmin

Cirrus caused a buzz in the aviation world in 2008 when the aircraft manufacturer finally launched the much-awaited Perspective. The Cirrus Perspective by Garmin is a standard cockpit. It employs many of the same underlying technologies as the G1000 system, but is designed solely for Cirrus’ specifications. It offers numerous benefits and new features that Cirrus pilots will surely appreciate.

These are the most exciting features and benefits of the Cirrus Perspective by Garmin:

  • Autopilot Control Yaw Damper: The yaw damper reduces rolling and yawing oscillations caused by Dutch roll mode, and the new version has an intuitive autopilot control system.
  • Flight Management System: The FMS in the Cirrus Perspective by Garmin is a more user-friendly version of the computer system that automatically performs many in-flight tasks.  It basically gives the pilot a keypad like your computer.
  • Flight Path Indicator: This technology provides a clear display of the path the airplane is on at any given time.
  • HSI Display: This display shows a predetermined course for the pilot, which replaces the gauges and other hardware that pilots have traditionally relied on to create a mental picture of the situation their airplane is in.
  • New Autopilot: The Garmin autopilot offers a blue level button.  The will level the wings, recover unusual attitude and provide flawless instrument approaches.
  • Synthetic Vision: This new virtual reality display system for cockpits uses 3D technology to give pilots a clearer and more insightful understanding of the environment in which they’re flying.
  • Terrain Avoidance Warning System: The TAWS is highly reliable and efficient, as it automatically warns the flight crew of potential collisions with terrain, giving the crew plenty of time to react before danger strikes.

This is truly the safest cockpit option available in general aviation!