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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 Not only is the educational system outdated, it just doesn’t fit the bill for everyone.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.

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.

Benefits of Becoming a Pilot
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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.

Q&A with Coast Graduate Olumbe Falu

From the Marines to Coast Flight Training to a First Officer at Skywest Airlines

1. How did you first hear about Coast Flight?
I attended a Marine Corps Inactive Ready Reserve Muster held at PETCO Park.

2. Why did you choose Coast Flight?
Coast Flight allowed me to use my GI Bill to pay for flight training which made my dream a realistic prospect.

3. What are some of your favorite experiences you’ve had at Coast?
My favorite experiences were the times where I had the most trouble. My entire private pilot training was nothing but failure after failure after failure. I never once thought that I didn’t have what it took. I knew that I just needed more time. I was blessed to have instructors who never gave up on me and those experiences are the ones that taught me the most important lessons about perservence.

4. What are some of your favorite experiences you’ve had flying?
I got my CFII in September of 2016 which was perfect timing for the wettest winter I have experienced in San Diego. During that time, all of the instrument flying that I got a chance to do was the most exhillerating experiences I’d had to that point. It not only put my skills to the test but it also allowed me to train my instrument

4. What are some of your favorite experiences you’ve had flying?
I got my CFII in September of 2016 which was perfect timing for the wettest winter I have experienced in San Diego. During that time, all of the instrument flying that I got a chance to do was the most exhillerating experiences I’d had to that point. It not only put my skills to the test but it also allowed me to train my instrument students to the highest levels by incorporating scenario based training and enhanced weather awareness.

students to the highest levels by incorporating scenario based training and enhanced weather awareness.

Also, I flew to a little airport in Pismo beach with my best friend (who I happened to be giving instruction towards his MEI). We got some beach cruisers at the FBO and rode into town to have burgers at a local spot before flying back.

5. What are you most excited about with SkyWest?
I want to change people’s lives. It’s the little things that matter when it comes to customer service and I want to be the guy that creates a positive and lasting impression on someone. I want people to be as excited about flying as I am.

6. How was your transition from student to instructor at Coast?
In my experience, the transition happened over the course of about 8 months. From the time I had my instrument rating and I started getting halfway decent at flying, I spent a lot of time teaching people what I had learned. I led study groups and even flew with other students well before I become an instructor. I eventually got my Ground Instrutor Certificate and was actually hired as a ground instructor teaching 3 hour or more classroom lectures in addition to one on one sessions. When it was time to take my CFI checkride, I was already an instructor. I believed in myself, I just had to make the examiner believe.

7. Do you have any advice you’d share with prospective pilots?
I would urge pilots at any level to never stop learning. Spend time actively trying to find ways to challenge yourself so that you can get better. It will make you a more proficient and safer aviator.

8. Tell us about your time in the military. What branch and rank were you?
I was a corporal of Marines and was fortunate enough to be able to serve overseas in Okinawa, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Bahrain over a 4 year period. My job title was Bulk Fuel Specialist so I built portable fuel farms and dispensed JP-8 for both ground and air operations.

9. How did you get into photography? What’s your inspiration?
I was always into looking at things. It sounds weird, but if you stare at anything long enough your imagination can take you to some interesting places. You can build stories and worlds in your mind. It’s uncanny, but I’ve been doing that for years and my outlet for my imagination was writing and playing music. Well anyway, I guess I got kind of good at iphoneography (which is like a real term these days). People would compliment my instagram stuff more and more often. It was fun for me, but mostly trivial. Then one day, a fellow student at Coast handed me a DSLR and told me to learn how to use it. IT changed my life. Instantly after looking through that glass I knew that I could actually create art! I was stunned by how much better a photograph could actually look. I guess my goal with photography is share what I see when I view the world. A photographer(s) that stands out to me as a primary influence is John and Debora Scanlan.

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. For those that 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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airline pilot count

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

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.

U.S. Military Helicopter Pilots to train for careers with Envoy/American Airlines

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.

“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

“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

“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 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.

Coast Flight, founded in 2008 has been one of San Diego’s fastest growing companies, three years running. Coast is a FAA Part-141 flight school and is TSA and SEVP approved to host international students. Coast is also an acknowledged leader in Cirrus training and has been designated by Cirrus Aircraft as a Cirrus Platinum Training Center.

Eight Students Receive Employment Offers to SkyWest Airlines

OTTUMWA — The Indian Hills Aviation Pilot Training Program is really taking off.

Wednesday morning, eight students enrolled in the Airline Career Training (ACT) Program received a conditional employment agreement with SkyWest Airlines after they finish their Associate of Applied Science degree.

This means that as long as students complete their program, with enough hours and flight experience, they will automatically be offered a position as a first officer at the airlines, based in San Diego, California.

“It’s basically like a gift card,” said Darren Graham, director of aviation programs and chief flight instructor at Indian Hills. “We give this to them as they go through training, and they don’t have to use it if they don’t want to, but it’s a great for students, and many are focused on going there right after the program.”

The applicants have had lots of training and interview practice up to this point. On Saturday, recruiters from SkyWest conducted interviews with the potential students. They awarded conditional job offers to students with outstanding interviews, high test scores and other criteria.

Graham believes this partnership with SkyWest is extremely valuable.

“We hope this program will attract new students to the industry; just like in any field, students go through all of the training then get experience, but when it’s time to interview, 50 percent don’t get hired,” said Graham. “We want to change that.”

This is the first year that the ACT program has been on the Indian Hills campus. ACT started a year prior via the Coast Flight Training in San Diego.

Graham thinks this program will bring a new sense of professionalism to the aviation program.

“This will raise the bar for our program — it’ll bring a whole new level of professionalism and safety — students are not only representing themselves and Indian Hills but they will be a representative of SkyWest Airlines and the ACT program,” said Graham.

Thatcher Carel, Kasey Murphy, Luis Zelaya, Brennan Parker, Levi Riddick, Aaron Riche, Tim Menninga and Robert Dodd were all conditionally given offers through the program.

Indian Hills flight instructor Michael O’Connor was conditionally accepted into the SkyWest Bridge program. The purpose of this program is to help bridge the gap between completion of CFI certification and building the minimum ATP qualifications as a pilot at SkyWest Airlines.

The SkyWest aircraft participants will fly 65-80 people. For more information on the ACT program, contact Graham at 641-683-4254.

Top 10 Pilot Apps You Need to Know About

From smartphones and laptops to e-readers and tablets, personal computing devices are more advanced than ever, with applications that can do practically anything – including apps that make flying safer, simpler, and more convenient for pilots. There are even applications that help pilots to connect with other pilots. If you’re curious which applications are most useful for pilots, look no further. The following list covers the top 10 apps ever pilot needs to know about.

1. AeroWeather Pro

1) AeroWeather Pro


This app by Lakehorn AG allows pilots to check weather conditions and forecasts at their destination prior to takeoff. You can see everything from visibility to wind speed to runway conditions in one place.

2. Air Navigation Pro

2) Air Navigation Pro


Xample Sarl developed this app to assist pilots in their efforts to plan a flight with an interface that looks and feels like the instruments of a cockpit.

3. Airports

3) Airports


Peter Lundkvist developed this application to give pilots everything they need to know about their destination airports before taking off, including NOTAMs, runway data, weather conditions, and more.

4. CloudAhoy

4) CloudAhoy


This app from CloudAhoy, Inc. allows pilots to use the GPS receiver on their iPad to record flights and retrieve the data later on from any location. It’s the ultimate debriefing app.

5. FAA Airplane Flying Manual

5) FAA Airplane Flying Manual


Insomniac Industries put the most pertinent information from the FAA Flying Manual in one place so pilots are set up for a safe trip every time. This free app is an excellent refresher when pilots forget emergency procedures and other information in the rush of the flight.

 6) FBO Fuel Prices

6. FBO Fuel Prices

The team at GlobalAir .com developed an app that makes it easy for pilots to check the latest FBO fuel prices and ramp fee information before heading to their destination and fueling up. The app was developed to work in-flight or in Airplane Mode.

7. FlightPlan

7) FlightPlan


Jeff Cardillo’s FlightPlan – Pilot’s Toolbox tak es the guesswork out of common calculations with everything from weight and balance calculators to conversion calculators to a cutting-edge E6B slide rule computer, making calculating simple.

8. LogTen Pro X

8) LogTen Pro X:
the Pilot Logbook

Coradine Aviation Systems developed a logbook replacement app that some say is one of the greatest applications for pilots on the market today. Now those bulky, old, hard-to-use logbooks are a thing of the past.

9. WnB Pro

9) WnB Pro


This application from Angell Development LLC is the go-to tool for weight and balance calculations. Pilots receive an accurate weight and balance calculation for their exact aircraft and a warning if the inputted baggage, fuel, and passenger weights are out of the safe range.

10. Spin-A-Wind

10) Spin-a-Wind


Last but not least, this app from Len Robinson goes above and beyond the basic weather conditions to provide pilots with a more accurate picture of the crosswind, headwind, tailwind, and other conditions at the destination runway and its surrounding area.

Pilots are relying on apps to do everything in this day and age: charting their routes, viewing the pertinent weather maps, completing safety checklists, getting help with navigating, and much more. From a technology standpoint, there’s never been a better time to be a pilot.

Emergency Procedures Course Review

Over the last couple of years I have taken both Coast Flight Academy’s Emergency Procedures Course and Instrument Refresher Course. If you own / fly a SR22, and don’t get in nearly as many hours as you’d like, use your instrument rating primarily to file IFR to VFR on top when the marine layer hanging around, shoot the same approaches all the time to keep current, ever wonder about turning back to the airport on a engine failure on take off, and when should I be using the CAPS system, then I highly recommend both courses. The courses include presentation material with questions and answers followed by several hours in the Coast Fight Redbird simulator. On the simulator you will experience, practice, and learn things that are not possible in the real plane. For example, with an engine failure on take off, you can practice turning back to the airport or pulling the CAPS handle so that the reactions to these emergencies become automatic. You can fly an instrument approach into any airport under any conditions and have system failures along the way. Both courses are great for maintaining important skills and knowledge. They build confidence in your decision making process which adequately prepare you for real emergency situations.

–Tom Brotherton

 

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.