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Benefits of Becoming an Airline Pilot

For many, being an airline pilot has been a lifelong dream. For others, it could be a new career path. Regardless of how long you’ve had the dream of flight, you can now experience the incredible benefits of becoming an airline pilot. There is a sense of pride and adventure that comes along with flying. As a pilot, you have the freedom to travel the world and fly for airlines all over.

You’ll also belong to an elite club of people who have the skills to fly. In the United States, only about 0.2% of the population has any type of Pilot’s License. Pair this fact with the increasing demand for world travel, and it’s easy to see that there are endless opportunities for career growth and financial gains as an airline pilot.

Start Training for a $7 Million Career

At the start of your career as an airline pilot, you’ll be making well over $50,000 per year. After the first year, you’ll now receive a retention bonus of $20,000. Within 4 years you’ll upgrade to a Regional Airline Captain with a paycheck of $70,862 per year. Immediately following this upgrade, you’ll receive another retention bonus of $7,500. Once you have accumulated experience and flight time you can join a major airline where staring salaries are $157,939 per year! Upgrading to a Captain for major airline means annual salaries of over $300,000. These pay increases are expected to grow with the looming pilot shortage forecast on the horizon.

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Join Coast Flight’s Airline Training Programs to Kickstart Your Career

Traveling the World is a Priceless Experience.
Do it Without Paying the Price of an Airline Ticket.

No two workdays will be the same for you. You could start your morning in Los Angeles, CA, and end your day in Tokyo, Japan. Since you’ll be staying the night in a new city, and your hotel expenses will be covered by the airline, you can explore a new city and experience a different culture. You’ll have the opportunity to see the world while getting paid.

If you want to travel while off the clock, you and your immediate family will enjoy free seats on any open flight. You’ll also have the benefit of discounted tickets for extended family, or busy flights you need to reserve a seat for.

As part of Coast Flight’s partnership with Envoy Air, our graduates will enjoy the benefits of the largest travel network in the industry. Envoy and American employees can travel on any Envoy, American Airlines, or oneworld alliance aircraft free of charge for both Coach and First Class seats on open flights. These standby perks apply to you, your spouse, your children, and your parents.

“With more than 6,700 daily flights to over 330 destinations worldwide,
your travel possibilities are only limited by your imagination.”

Receive Full Benefits to Keep You and Your Family
Healthy and Happy for Your Travels

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Full Health
Benefits

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401(k) Retirement
Matching

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Paid Vacation &
Sick Time Accrual

The airline industry offers a competitive benefits package, including full health, vision, and dental coverage. You’ll also receive company matched 401(k) retirement contributions. Your sick pay won’t be determined by a set number of days, but by the trips you’ll miss while being out. This means that you won’t have to worry about taking a pay cut because you’re sick. You’ll also be able to accrues 2.5 hours of sick leave per month, which only maxes out at 300 hours.

For students who graduate from Coast Flight and continue through Envoy’s American Airlines Pipeline Program, there is also an opportunity for American Airlines Group profit sharing.

Learn More About the Benefits Coast Graduates Receive with Our Partners

New Pilot Needs by Region
2016 – 2036

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There’s an Unprecedented Pilot Shortage Which
Secures Your Career with the Airlines

Boeing’s 2016 Pilot and Technician Outlook Report suggests that the airline industry will need to hire about 617,000 new commercial airline pilots between 2016 and 2035. The demand for pilots has neve been so high, and as a result, airlines are fighting to train and retain the best and brightest pilots around. That is great news for you! As a pilot, you’ll begin receiving pay, bonuses, and benefits that haven’t been seen in the airline industry until now. As long as you stay on you career path, you’ll have a stable, flexible career to grow with.

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Coast Flight’s Partnership with Envoy Air Leads to
Flow Through to American Airlines

Coast Flight has partnered with Envoy Air, an American Airlines subsidiary, to ensure our students receive the greatest benefits and job security in the industry. Students in the Airline Direct (AD) or Airline Career Training (ACT) Programs can build seniority for Envoy while they flight instruct to build their 1,500 hours of flying time. Once there, they’ll enter Envoy’s Pipeline program with flow through to American Airlines, allowing them to join the top paying company in the industry.

Begin Your Airline Pilot Career With Coast Flight

Aviation Career Day Nov. 12 at Montgomery-Gibbs Airport

San Diego, CA – Coast Flight Training and Envoy Air/American Airlines Group are hosting a free Aviation Career Day on Saturday, November 12, Noon to 4 pm, at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport and teaming up to provide scholarship opportunities for high school seniors and recent graduates with a passion for flight. The U.S. airline industry is facing a critical shortage of trained airline pilots, with more than 600,000 trained pilots needed by 2035 according to studies by Boeing. Pilots earn an average of $58,000 starting salary, plus benefits including travel, climbing to more than $100,000 annually after a few years in the industry, and potentially exceeding $300,000 annually during a career.

To help young adults pursue these in-demand jobs, Envoy Air/American Airlines Group and Coast Flight Training will provide 15 students with full scholarships for 30 hours of Ground School at Montgomery Field in Spring 2017. One successful Ground School graduate will earn a full tuition Grand Scholarship for a complete FAA-certified Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial and Certified Flight Instructor Ratings, along with a conditional offer of employment from Envoy/American Airlines Group upon successful completion of training and certification (Grand Scholarship is valued at over $73,000).”Envoy Air is proud to support Aviation Career Day which will educate and promote aviation as a rewarding and attainable career. We are excited to partner in the scholarship and look forward to the recipient becoming an Envoy Air pilot,” said Ric Wilson, Vice President of Flight Operation, Envoy Air.

Scholarship applications for Ground School will be available at Aviation Career Day, which will feature the opportunity to sit in the cockpits of Coast aircraft, experience flight simulators, talk with pilots, flight instructors, and enjoy refreshments at the airfield. Register at www.iflycoast.com/career-day to attend and pick up a scholarship application at the event. “I applaud American Airlines, Envoy, and Coast Flight for taking a pro-active approach and looking locally to meet the needs of the innovative airline industry,” said Chris Cate, San Diego City Councilmember in District 6, the home of the City’s Montgomery-Gibbs airfield and many aviation industry businesses. “Coast is excited about introducing talented young people to the potential careers and pathways to train for these high paying and rewarding careers – which do not require a four year college degree,” said Bryan Simmons, President of Coast Flight Training. A retired United States Marine and military flight instructor, Simmons served as Presidential Command pilot for two U. S. Presidents.

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.

Westview High School Yearbook. Anne Yilmaz 2012

Weather Inside And Outside Of The Cockpit

In the coming weeks, pilots can expect to see mountain waves in several snowy, mountainous regions. When wind flow is perpendicular to a mountain, as the wind velocity and altitude increase during an inversion below 15,000 feet, or a stable air mass layer aloft, mountain waves will occur. These atmospheric disturbances are characterized by lenticular clouds that alert pilots to their potentially deadly presence. It’s possible to predict mountain waves and other atmospheric disturbances with a high level of accuracy, though, giving pilots a chance to decide whether or not to fly under such conditions.

How to Check for Weather Conditions Before and During Your Flight
There are a couple of ways to check the weather for disturbances such as mountain waves before you fly, mainly through observations and weather forecasts. There are also online weather resources, including the Aviation Weather Center and DUATS.

Observations:
• Metar – Airman’s meteorological reports
• Radar Summary Charts – Reports showing analyses of precipitation surface with cold fronts, warm fronts and areas of high or low pressure
• Surface Analysis Reports – Focus on areas of high or low pressure, as well as cold or warm fronts
• U.A. – Real-time reports from fellow pilots (recommended)

Weather Forecasts:
• 12/24-Hour Prognostic Reports – Show where cold fronts, warm fronts and areas of high or low pressure are going to move
• F.A. – Explains reasons for weather forecasts in different areas
• TAF’s Terminal Aerodrome Report – Provides expected future weather for area surrounding airports (not available for all airports)


Deciding Whether or Not to Fly – Know Before You Go
In addition to mountains waves, thunderstorms are also a serious danger to pilots during this time of year. You should always be ready to change your plans or land if you’re presented with scattered storms, as the pilot did on a recent SR22 flight from San Diego, CA to Sarasota, FL, which is pictured below.


The pilot used an Avidyne radio and XM Satellite Weather to predict the weather and made the important decision to land.  In order to make a proper go/no go decision, it is necessary to understand the weather and where and how it is generated, so you can effectively predict whether atmospheric changes are likely to occur in the areas where you will be flying. Pilots who are proficient at flying in different environments may also be able to take more risks, whereas inexperienced pilots are in greater danger when flying into mountain waves and other atmospheric disruptions. Pilots should always look at weather observations and forecasts before flying, recognize their personal limits and the limits of their plane, and be ready to make adjustments during the flight if necessary.

Coast Flight Training Announces 98% Initial Pass Rate

During initial training, Coast flight training students experienced a 98% pass rate. This high pass rate is a testament to the quality of the company’s experienced & knowledgeable flight instructors & the innovative flight training methods employed by Coast Flight. Nathan Linder recently passed his IFR checkride in a Cirrus SR22. Two days after the checkride, Coast Flight Training President, Will Dryden, instructed Linder on flying to Mexico, making it possible for Linder to take his wife on a surfing trip to beautiful Cabo San Lucas. It’s just one more way in which flight training makes a big difference in the lives of Cirrus pilots!

How Coast Instructors Make Students Comfortable With Radio Communication

Will Dryden is the President and founder of Coast Flight Training. He is a career instructor with both Master Flight Instructor and Gold Seal Certified Flight Instructor designations. Will founded Coast with the focus of breaking aviation flight training paradigms (www.iflycoast.com).

The perfect way to reduce students’ anxiety about radio communication is to start by explaining to them that the air traffic controller they’re talking to is most likely wearing shorts and a Hawaiian shirt, and sipping a cup of Joe. He or she is nothing to be afraid of. The job of the ATC is to keep the pilots safe and help them when they have questions.

A common mistake instructors make is telling students that ATC radio calls have to be perfect and in a particular order. Instead, the instructors should encourage students and be positive. And while instructors should initially avoid fixing their students’ communication mistakes, it’s important that the students can rest assured that the instructor is there to back them up and can finish the call for them, in case they are having trouble.

Here are some simple steps to improve students’ radio calls:

  • Let the student talk on discreet pilot-to-pilot frequencies, without the pressure of talking to a controller. Have the student call “in the blind” to get used to hearing his or her own voice in the headsets.
  • Use a full motion simulator with an intercom system to practice radio calls under simulated circumstances.
  • Prior to each flight, go over what needs to be said to the controllers during airport operations by role-playing until the student is comfortable with the wording.
  • Teach the student to anticipate what communication is coming and how to respond to or initiate it.
  • For some students, it helps to let them write down exactly what to say on a cheat sheet, but this technique should really only be done during their first couple of flights.

Radios are often difficult for students. Air traffic controllers talking fast can be intimidating, creating a psychological “mountain” for the student. Reminding students that they’re just talking to that guy in the Hawaiian shirt enjoying his coffee can generally ease a lot of the pressure, and by identifying themselves as “student pilot” will alert the ATC to give them the extra attention they need and deserve.

Whatever The Weather

Weather in Flight

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.

Observation:

  • 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

Preventing Motion Sickness

Motion sickness is common among pilots and other related professionals in the industry of aviation. It is also known as Kinetosis or Travel Sickness. This is a condition wherein a conflict arises between visually perceived movement and the vestibular system’s sense of movement.

The most common symptoms of motion sickness are dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. Frequent yawning, being restless and a cold sweat which forms on the upper lip or forehead are some of the first signs of motion sickness. When the symptoms gradually build, an upset stomach will follow and with this, the patient will eventually feel like vomiting.

Motion sickness is normal and common among many people. Prevention is still the best cure for this kind of discomfort.

To prevent motion sickness, doctors are usually telling their patients to watch their food and drink consumption. Sometimes, food and liquids (including alcoholic beverages) will make you feel unusually full and heavy. Here is the list of Do’s and Don’ts to prevent having motion sickness during your travel.

  • In preventing nausea, you should avoid bringing in food that has strong odors.
  • Choose a seat where in you experience less motion. Let’s say in the middle of the plane where it is the calmest area of an airplane.
  • Never sit facing backwards from your direction of travel.
  • Avoid reading while traveling.
  • If possible, open a vent for source of fresh air.
  • Try over-the-counter medicine like Bonine, Antivert, and Dramamine to help in the prevention of having motion sickness.
  • Get enough rest before travel plans. This will help the body to fully recharge itself and handle stressors brought by travelling.
  • Do not smoke and avoid sitting beside people who are smoking.

Motion sickness is common and to prevent it is the best cure. For pilots, they are usually exposed with travelling stressors and are put under pressure. The tips given will make you comfortable during your flights and travels. Prevent motion sickness and make your flight experience a worthwhile one.

Coast Flight Training – Free 10 minute test Program

Learn the value of a Full Motion Flight Simulator with Coast Flight Training’s new Full Motion Flight Simulator. Experience the program for free in 10 minutes.

Flight Simulator

Flight Simulator Programs include:

1) 1 Day Currency Training

2) Emergency Procedures

3) Instrument Training

4) Instrument training in support of  private/instrument pilot ratings to reduce cost of certification

5) Partner in command course

These Simulator Programs were designed by Jeff Bushnell, a Retired  Air Force Colonel who’s 25 years in Air Force training and a background on C141 instruction and Flight Examination.

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Schedule a flight, email us at info@iflycoast.com or call us 858-279-4359.

Coast Flight Academy – Why Montgomery Field

In a recent study complied by the Airport Journal, an industry leading publication, Montgomery Field (KMYF) in San Diego, CA was named the nations 11th busiest general aviation airport in the country, beating out other airports such as Orlando International, Dallas Love Field, and Chicago Midway. While many other airports decreased in operations, KMYF actually increased by 2% from last year, easily beating out the national average decrease of -6%.

KMYF is home to many private, government, business and general aviation aircraft, creating a diverse airport environment which is one of the reasons why Coast Flight Academy established at KMYF.   Furthermore, we are able to utilize the busy airspace for more comprehensive training.  It is widely acknowledged that students training at busy airports are better prepared for flying in general.  KMYF’s active environment is used to teach students how to handle a real world situations, meanwhile, simultaneously building their confidence and decision making skills.  Unlike many schools, Coast’s instructors welcome busy airspace because we know it will challenge our students and prepare them for real world flying after their flight training.