Open house to provide information on enrolling in Cadet Academy Program
VERO BEACH, FL., April 30, 2019
Piper Aircraft has completed delivery of ten (10) new Piper Archer TX single-engine trainers to San Diego based, Coast Flight Training. The Garmin G1000 equipped Archer TX is the first in a series of new aircraft acquisitions Coast is undertaking to expand its fleet to meet growing training demand. These aircraft will primarily serve students enrolled in the American Airlines Cadet Academy at Coast Flight’s campus in San Diego.
“Piper Aircraft is proud that the robust Piper Archer was selected as the primary training aircraft for Coast Flight Training. These 10 aircraft will be added to an already impressive fleet of 40 aircraft and will provide the school with a training tool that has a proven track record of assisting student pilots to become full-fledged aviators,” said Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. He added, “We look forward to continuing to support Coast Flight Training’s expansion as they work towards providing quality commercial pilots to the industry.
“The Piper Archer is a relentless workhorse,” said Bryan Simmons, President of Coast Flight Training. “Providing the most modern, single-engine aircraft equipped with a glass cockpit affords our students a competitive advantage for flying in the contemporary world and prepares them for a career as a professional pilot. We know we have the power to equip aspiring pilots with the greatest knowledge and technical abilities by handing them the controls to the most proficient training aircraft.”
About Coast Flight Training
Coast Flight Training, in San Diego, CA, San Marcos, TX and Ozark, Alabama is a pilot training center network dedicated to creating professional and knowledgeable pilots. Our airline partners; American Airlines (Envoy Air, PSA, and Piedmont), Mesa Airlines and SkyWest Airlines, allow Coast Flight Training to offer its students airline job opportunities during training. Our locations are equipped with over 40 aircraft featuring Piper Archers, Piper Arrows, and Piper Seminoles. We offer Part 141 and Part 61 training and are TSA, Sevis and VA approved to take GI Bill benefits, international students and all domestic students. Whatever your flying goals are, the Coast Flight family will help you achieve them.
About Piper Aircraft
Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single- and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series – the M600, M500, and M350 – offers businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Personal Class Seneca V, Archer LX and Archer DLX balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in a piston powered aircraft. The Trainer Class Pilot 100/100i, Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole and Seneca V aircraft form the most complete technically-advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. To learn more about Piper Aircraft, visit the company’s website at www.piper.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 thecountry 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.
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!
In the aviation industry there are a handful of milestones that every pilot looks forward to. Once you begin flight training, the first one of these is your first solo flight. But how do you celebrate such a big accomplishment?
There are two main ways of celebrating a pilot’s first solo flight in the industry. One tradition includes cutting the back of the pilot’s shirt off to symbolize cutting the end of the student “riding the instructor’s coattails.” While this is a very visually symbolic way to celebrate, and it leaves the pilot with a keepsake to look at in the future, fewer flight schools are staying with this tradition and more are switching over to the Solo Dunk.
At Coast Flight, we celebrate every first Solo Flight with a Solo Dunk. Everyone in our facility will gather around the pilot, taking pictures and videos while the pilot’s flight instructor has the honor of dumping a bucket of water on the pilot’s head. The pilot is then congratulated by the entire Coast community and has a good laugh while rewatching the videos.
This month, Coast had two very special Solo Flights take place, and they were quickly followed by the Solo Dunk celebration: Adam Vornsand and Nick Cline. Adam and Nick both won scholarships through Coast Flight at the beginning of the summer, and they’ve been working hard with their instructors to learn the ins and outs of flight and aircraft. Both pilots successfully took their first Solo Flights in a Piper Archer, and now have one major milestone checked off their list, with many more to come!
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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
In a recent blog post, we announced that Adam Varnsand and Nick Cline won the Coast Flight Grand Aviation Scholarships. Adam was the grand prize winner, receiving a scholarship for $75,000 to cover his flight training from Private Pilot (PPL) to Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), and Nick was awarded a scholarship for 50% off his flight training costs at Coast. Since receiving the exciting news of winning these scholarships, these two young men have begun the process of joining Coast’s Airline Direct Program by interviewing with Envoy Air to receive their Conditional Offers of Employment. The two interviewed with Natalie Nielsen, Envoy’s Director of Pilot Recruitment, and David Streit, Envoy’s Pilot Recruiter, on May 15th, and are planning their training start dates.
We’ll be checking in with Nick and Adam throughout their time at Coast Flight to see their progress and what they’ve been able to accomplish with this amazing scholarship opportunity. However, before they even begin, we were eager to sit down with Adam and ask him a few questions about his dream of becoming an airline pilot. Here’s what he had to say:
When did you first realize you wanted to be a professional pilot?
I’ve always had a passion for flying. The first time I realized that I wanted to make flying my profession was probably in middle school. My teacher had us research careers that we were interested in for an essay and I decided to do some research on becoming a pilot. After my research, my general admiration for flight turned into my professional goal.
What has been your favorite lesson in flight training so far?
My favorite lesson so far is the lesson on weather because an understanding of weather patterns is critical for safe flight. I found it so interesting that I did more research on weather patterns and predictions to the point where, during our most recent storm, I was following along on the radar images of the storm as it moved through and I endeavored to anticipate the path of the system.
What part of your airline career pathways are you most excited about?
I’m most excited about getting my Certified Flight Instructor Rating so that I can teach other people and share my passion for flying with others. However, I also think this will be the most difficult certification to get because not only will I have to know the information, but I’ll have to know it well enough to teach others.
As you know, pilots get great travel perks. Where is the first place you want to take a vacation once you start receiving your travel benefits, and why?
As a casual history buff, I’d like to visit culturally significant, but easily accessible historical sites. I’d love to use my passion for flight to further my interests in history around the world. Eventually, I’d like to visit every one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, including Machu Picchu and the Great Barrier Reef.
After answering our questions, we asked Adam to about his excitement for this new opportunity. He shared that he couldn’t wait to start training and was extremely grateful for the opportunity Coast Flight has given him. We have no doubt that Adam and Nick will bring a lot to the Coast Flight family, and we can’t wait to see them progress to their dream career as professional airline pilots.
Read how the Grand Aviation Scholarship was awarded in our previous blog.