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College Alternative Flight Training

COLLEGE ISN’T FOR EVERYONE.
MAKE $300,000+ PER YEAR AND TRAVEL THE WORLD WITHOUT TRADITIONAL EDUCATION

Sick of being confined within classroom walls, spending endless hours studying for courses you’re not passionate about? Not only is the educational system outdated, it just doesn’t fit the bill for everyone. So why try to conform to what worked for your parents, but isn’t working for you? It’s no wonder Gen Z is disenchanted with traditional education. College students complete hours of coursework that’s required for but unrelated to their majors, slaving away for years only to walk away with staggering debt and a very real fear they won’t land a job.

Current reports are showing that many college grads are unemployed and even more are underemployed. A shocking 83 percent of college graduates leave school without lining up their first job, a job that takes an average of 7.4 months to find. And that job may be at the local coffee shop: More than one in 10 graduates resort to working in professions outside their field of study.

In today’s world, investing in a traditional degree is becoming more and more of a gamble. The money-conscious students choose boring majors that are lucrative, while the passionate ones pursue fun but unemployable degrees. And the really passionate ones take a year off and travel the world broke. What’s a college student to do?

What if you could have the best of all worlds?

THE GOOD NEWS FOR STUDENTS WHO HATE THE CLASSROOM

The world is different now, and a college education isn’t the only way to get where you want to go. With exciting new opportunities on the horizon, you can now pursue distinct career paths offering a guaranteed six figure salary, and far more fulfillment than anything that can fit in a classroom. Become an airline pilot. Flying is a career like none other, with no degree required, and the opportunity to travel the world on the job. Airlines are offering perks, sign on bonuses, and a solid income to rival anything college grads can expect. You can expect to start earning a paycheck in as little as nine months, and fly for the airlines within just a few years. As an airline pilot, you’ll be making $100,000 by year five, and $300,000 by year 17. That sure beats the average 3% raise typical jobs offer.

THE VIEW FROM ABOVE THE CLASSROOM

 Want a glimpse at what it’s like to become an airline pilot? Trade in sitting at a desk for flying airplanes. Instead of trudging through standardized courses to meet degree requirements, you’ll engage in hands-on, technical training to become highly skilled in the field of aviation. As an aspiring pilot, everything you learn will be specific to operating an aircraft and understanding flight.

EARN WHAT A DOCTOR MAKES, FASTER

Financially, becoming a pilot just makes sense. Training to fly for the airlines costs less than traditional education. At $85,000, flight training is less than a 4-year university tuition of $100,000. Even more important to consider is the time it takes to start earning. Doctors and lawyers, often esteemed as the highest earners, might never top the $300K annually that airline pilots make at year 17, and can’t start earning until close to a decade of schooling has been completed. As a pilot, you can start earning flight instructor paychecks while you’re still training. Meanwhile, the aspiring lawyer and doctor classmates you left behind are still stuck behind a desk, racking up debt while you’re building the career of a lifetime.

NOW IS THE TIME TO LOCK IN A GREAT FUTURE

Savvy students go where the highest long-term job demand is. And the future favors pilots. Boeing recently announced unprecedented pilot needs, projecting that 790,000+ pilots will be required over the next two decades.

In light of the huge pilot shortage, airlines are now paying larger salaries than ever before, offering signing bonuses of up to $22,100, travel benefits, and perks you just don’t see in other jobs. While college grads aren’t even guaranteed jobs, and certainly aren’t guaranteed good salaries, pilots receive conditional offers of employment while they finish their flight training. And with a solid path to make $70,000 in year one, $100,000+ in year five, and $300,000+ in year 17, there has never been a better time in history to become a pilot. Training for the airlines offers the best guarantee of a bright and lucrative career. There is no career path in the world that can give you this level of confidence in your future.

Feel like college isn’t for you? Curious about what a career as an airline pilot might be like? The best choice you make for your future may be unconventional and life-changing.

If you want a career path that’s in high demand, with a solid track to $7 million in total potential career earnings, get out of the classroom and into the cockpit. Join the Coast Flight seminar in San Diego, CA on November 15, 2018 and learn everything you need to know about training, financing, and launching a career as an airline pilot. Your first step to a career in the sky starts here.

Sign up for a seminar to learn more about becoming an airline pilot.

RTP 2.0: Your Pre-Retirement Transition Plan

Serving your last assignment in the military and wondering what’s next? When civilian life is just around the corner, it can seem impossible to plan for a financially sound future while still on active duty. And yet, as daunting as it seems, creating a plan now for a successful civilian career is one of the best decisions you can make for your future self.

If you’re a current helicopter pilot with a year or less left until your End of Active Service (EAS), there are steps you can take now to start pursuing a career with the airlines that’ll have you career-ready by the time you retire.

Introducing RTP 2.0, the concept being a brand new innovation from Coast Flight in partnership with Mesa Airlines. Here’s what you need to know about this new program that gives our fellow military aviators the best, straightest, and surest path to a career with the airlines.

RTP 2.0: Your Pre-Retirement Transition Plan

The Story Behind Successful RTP Pilots

Most military rotor pilots are well aware of traditional Rotor Transition Program (RTP) options as a means to transition to a job with the airlines. But did you also know that the concept of RTP was first launched right out of the Coast Flight offices? Coast Flight pioneered the program in 2016, and today remains the largest producer of RTP pilots nationwide. So we’ve not only been there from the beginning, but as the best in the industry, we know what it takes to make you successful.

RTP 2.0: Your Pre-Retirement Transition Plan

Train Here and Now

In the past, traditional RTP focused on helicopter pilots who had already left the service and were in the process of looking for employment. Meanwhile, those who were still active and wanting to start planning ahead for their career just had to wait. This wait caused added stress—both emotional and financial—during an already stressful time. There needed to be a way to soften the transition.

Coast Flight heard your needs loud and clear and launched RTP 2.0, a brand new version of RTP specially geared toward meeting you here and now. RTP 2.0 takes into account your situation as active duty and offers even better accommodation for your needs. No need to wait until you’re out of the military to start training. No need to move to a new location to train before pursuing employment. Get where you want to go on your schedule – by your EAS.

With RTP 2.0, you’ll train right where you are at the end of your active service. We’ve partnered with the airlines to ensure your training happens in conjunction with your last 12 months in the military, so you can walk out with your plan in place. Once you’re fully trained, you’ll be ready for a career with the airlines.

Welcome to a world where you can time your EAS date with being airline employable. Welcome to peace of mind, stability, and a great future.

RTP 2.0: Your Pre-Retirement Transition Plan

Unlock Funding

Airlines have sweetened the deal by fronting most of the bill for training. Offering up to $40K for current active rotor pilots to train, airlines know they’re getting the better end of the bargain. Because some of the best future pilots are military trained pilots.

With this new soft landing approach, you can get started on your civilian career before leaving the military. It’s your pre-retirement transition plan. Take advantage of funding, training, and a transition timeline delivered straight to you. Start planning your future today.

Coming to a location near you

Coast is expanding its locations to train pilots at or near their last tour of duty bases. We are currently in San Diego CA and San Marcos, TX with our third location opening this month in the Ft. Rucker Region (Ozark AL) and in Q1 2019 in the National Capital Region (Stafford VA), with more to follow in short order.

Launch your airline training now and be career ready by your EAS.

RTP 2.0: Your Pre-Retirement Transition Plan

Back in the Saddle RTP

Getting Back in the Saddle with Coast Flight’s BITS Program:

Re-Transitioning into Aviation for Military Pilots

When you’ve spent your military career flying multi-million-dollar aircraft, it can be hard to settle into a cubicle for the rest of your life. And yet, many of the world’s top performing military aviators have found themselves in just this situation. Whether they were unable to get “current” prior to leaving service or thought a desk job was the only viable option for entering the civilian workforce, many military pilots are now looking for a way to get back in the saddle, years and even decades later. To coin a phrase, they’re ready to re-transition into aviation.

But now there’s good news for out-of-practice military aviators. The Back in the Saddle Program (BITS) is a great solution for those who have strayed from their first love…Flying! With innovative new opportunities from Coast Flight, there is a way to get back in the game, with a clear path to success. A path that’s airline funded and well-paced, with a defined route to a career with the airlines.

Ready to get back into flying? Here are three key components to look for in a program that’ll retransition you into aviation.

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1. Experience and Knowhow to Prime You for Success

When you’re looking at re-entering the world of aviation, you need instructors and mentors who understand just exactly where you have been and what’s required to get you to your destination.

Coast Flight has launched just such a program, trail-blazing the path back to aviation for retired military pilots. The same thought leaders who first launched the nationwide concept of RTP are now pouring into a comprehensive training program that pairs pilots who’ve been out of aviation for awhile with the means to get back in the game seamlessly.

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2. Invaluable Connections

Success is largely about who you know. That’s why you need a program that can connect you with key players in the industry, so you’re propelled straight from training to the airlines. A program that’ll allow you to qualify for a new career with little to zero out of pocket and a smooth transition into earning. A program that doesn’t require that you quit your day job while you train for your dream job.

Coast Flight’s new BITS program bridges the gap for aviators who have been out of the cockpit for years to make it easier than ever to leverage major airline partnerships, obtain funding, and secure a career with the airlines. So despite any notions you had that the airlines don’t want non-current military pilots, they do. Not only are your aviation skills still valuable, for most military pilots the airlines will front a lot of your funding for training. They know that their investment in the best-trained military pilots in the world will bode well for them.

3. Understanding and Guidance at the Pace You Need

Designed by military pilots and for military pilots, Coast Flight’s BITS program gives you time to crawl, walk, and run back to being the varsity athlete you used to be. We do this by creating a non-judgmental learning environment with a personalized level of understanding and patience that enables a softer landing into a new career. Coast Flight’s BITS program encompasses invaluable components that matter to forward-thinking aviators, like:

  • Training with eyes to the future in smart aircraft. Get comfortable with a glass cockpit. Modern regional airlines are all based on a Flight Management Systems (FMS) directed procedures. The ability to fly the plane is important, the ability to manage the system is essential.
  • Rules and regulations refresher courses (migrate your OPNAV 3710 and AR 95-1 knowledge back to the FARs)
  • Integration into civilian training and learning the evaluation process for FAA ratings.
  • Work as a team to build time and make daily progress, with close program supervision so you advance on time and on target.
  • Confidence building as you get back to world class speed, honing skills and proficiency with each flight.

Experience the Coast Flight Difference. Call our recruiting division.
We’ll map out a plan for you and arrange for the smoothest possible transition into a career with the airlines.

Boeing Forecasts Significant Pilot Shortage at a 10-Year High

Recent Boeing projections show that the world will need to produce twice as many commercial pilots over the next 20 years.

Concerns are mounting in the wake of a recent announcement revealing an unprecedented pilot shortage. According to yearly projections from Boeing (NYSE: BA) for pilots and technicians, the world’s commercial aviation fleet is expected to double over the next 20 years. This will drive a demand for 790,000 pilots, a staggering number who need to be trained and ready to fly a commercial airliner to keep up with the growth.

The result is the greatest demand for pilots in the past decade of Boeing’s annual projections. The prognosis has industry-wide implications in a world where air travel is booming. “Despite strong global air traffic growth, the aviation industry continues to face a pilot labor supply challenge, raising concern about the existence of a global pilot shortage in the near-term,” said Keith Cooper, vice president of Training & Professional Services, Boeing Global Services. “An emphasis on developing the next generation of pilots is key to help mitigate this.”

Close on the heels of the announcement, Coast Flight is uniquely positioned to answer such pilot shortages. Coast’s Airline Career Training (ACT) program outputs new aviators who are career-ready in just 21 months. Through ACT, Coast offers a combination flight training and college degree program that has successfully output graduates into major airline career paths, time and again.

Boeing Forecasts Significant Pilot Shortage at a 10-Year High

By partnering with large airlines such as Envoy Air and American Airlines, Coast can take students from an empty log book to a career as an airline pilot. Program participants receive conditional job offers, allowing most graduates to step into a career with significant earning potential, right out of training. With over 300 conditional job offers accepted by Coast graduates, the ACT program has seen tremendous success. And with the option to continue online learning after becoming a career pilot, the potential for advancing in education follows students, wherever they land.

Boeing Forecasts Significant Pilot Shortage at a 10-Year High

According to Bryan Simmons, president of Coast Flight, “It’s all about who you know. Our strategic partnerships offer our students the connections they need to help them go from zero to hero in a very short time.”

Coast Flight Training Rotor Transition Program Adds Two More Partner Airlines

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Dan Verda, Director of Operations and General Manager, Coast Flight Training RTP Facility, San Marcos TX

I am proud to announce that Coast Flight Training has added two new partner airlines to their Rotor Transition Program: Mesa Airlines and SkyWest Airlines. Adding these two, along with our current partner, Envoy Air, brings us to three regional carriers that we service with our world-class training program!

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Coast’s Rotor Transition Program, with locations in San Diego, California and San Marcos, Texas is an accelerated program designed to get former military helicopter pilots the fixed-wing qualifications and flight time they need to qualify for jobs as First Officers with our partner airlines. Each person attending our program receives a tailor-made program that fits their needs based off of the amount of rotary and fixed-wing time that they already have. The ultimate goal: a job as First Officer at one of our premier partner airlines!

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Coast Flight Training started the country’s very first rotor transition program back in the summer of 2016, and since opening its San Marcos, Texas location in January of 2017, has put over 300 people through training and into seats with regional carriers.

If you’re a military, former military, or civilian commercial helicopter pilot, all you need to qualify is your commercial rotorcraft helicopter certificate, a 1st class aeromedical certificate, and 750 flight hours in rotorcraft to qualify for the restricted ATP.

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We’re excited to have Mesa and SkyWest aboard as our new partners, and we’re excited to continue to provide quality service to all our partner airlines as we continue to grow this program across the country and provide job opportunities to helicopter pilots nation-wide.

If you’re interested in a career with the airlines and think you qualify, feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn, contact Coast Flight Training’s recruiting at 858-279-4359, or check out our website at www.iflycoast.com.

Why San Diego?

Location is everything. San Diego offers the best of Southern California, miles of endless beaches line the Pacific Coast with incredible weather all year round. The benefits of San Diego airspace are also endless. Learning to fly in an area of that boasts restricted Bravo airspace as well as countless small general aviation airports to explore and an International Airport is sure to increase the confidence and knowledge of a new pilot.

Coast Flight Training provides a learning atmosphere geared toward creating confident pilots. With group study sessions, dedicated instructors, and the only conditional offer of employment before you begin flight training, Coast Flight is unparalleled by any other company. The combination of this pristine location and quality instruction has led to great success with our graduates gaining employment.

Coast Flight Adds Tecnam P2006T

In March 2018, Coast Flight welcomes 2 Tecnam P2006T Twin aircraft to our fleet.

These aircraft will allow us to offer more flight times and a quicker way to move through multi-engine ratings. Additionally, the Tecnam is ideal for flight training with the advanced Garmin G950 IFR avionics. These aircraft are fuel efficient and have upgraded avionics for ease and comfort. Start your multi-engine flight ratings today!

Coast Flight Adds Tecnam P2006T
Coast Flight Adds Tecnam P2006T

Here’s what you should know about the Tecnam P2006T

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Exterior and Interior

Equipped with four passenger seats and fully retractable landing gear, this high-winged aircraft has high quality cabin visibility and room for passengers and luggage. The aluminum aircraft is spacious and light, resulting in a high payload to total weight ratio. The fuel tanks are onboard the engines, and each hold 26.4 gallons of fuel.

These aircraft come with upholstered seats and headrests with vertical adjustment capabilities to allow comfort for pilots and passengers of all sizes. There is one vent outlet per passenger (4 total), and both heating and defrost systems to keep the cabin that perfect temperature and avoid frost on the windows.

Coast Flight Adds Tecnam P2006T
Coast Flight Adds Tecnam P2006T

Weight and Dimensions

Each Tecnam P2006T is 8.46 feet high by 28.5 feet long, with a wingspan of 37.4 feet. The cabin width is 4 feet, and it comes with room for four passengers. These Tecnams are designed for a maximum takeoff weight of 2,712 pounds, allowing for baggage up to 176 pounds and a useful load of 906 pounds. These aircraft are spacious enough to fly comfortably, and with the fuel storage ability, you can fly across the
country in them.

Engine and Performance

These aircraft are ideal for general aviation airports and transportation as they use minimal fuel. They can travel 669 NM at a time, and are great for VFR day and night flights, as well as IFR training. The have a max cruising speed of 150 KTAS and run best on Mogas and Avgas fuel, of which they only consume 9 gallons per hour.

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Avionics

All two of the new aircraft are less than 5 years old and come with Garmin G950 IFR avionics upgrades. This upgraded system includes G950 Integrated Flight Deck System, GDU-1040 Primary Flight Display and Multi-Function Display, GDC-74A Air Data Computer with Oat Probe, and GRS-77 AHRS. It also comes with the GMU-44 Magnetometer, Digital Audio Panel with Marker Beacon Intercom, Mod S Transponder, and Back Up Instruments. These aircraft also have integrated control which is displayed on PFD.

These new additions to the Coast Flight fleet are ready to take you to the sky. We have extended our booking capabilities and would love to get you scheduled for your first flight in a Tecnam P2006T today!

Coast Flight Adds Tecnam P2006T

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.