The Brazilian city of São Paulo lies south of the equator, straddling the Tropic of Capricorn, and is about as far east as the southern tip of Greenland. It is the homely sister to its more famous neighbor, Rio de Janeiro, which lies about 330 nm to the east and is considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the world. According to a popular Brazilian saying, Rio is for leisure while São Paulo is for work.
Aviation International News » December 2002
There is a justifiable argument to be made that waiting until students are in college to expose them to a career option is too late. Jeff Lee, director of flight operations for IBM in White Plains, N.Y., agrees.
Where will we find tomorrow’s pilots? The military, long a provider of trained aviators, hasn’t produced sufficient numbers to satisfy the civil aviation demand for quite some time. It is the collegiate and private-academy flight-training programs that have taken up the slack and will continue to be the primary provider of pilots indefinitely.
With the U.S. economy vacillating between recession and recovery for most of the year, no one was terribly surprised when the Department of Labor reported that unemployment figures climbed to nearly 6 percent in October. And as a wavering marketplace goes, so too does the use of business aircraft and hence the need for qualified professionals to staff them.
Eclipse Aviation introduced an in-house mandatory training program for customers of its Eclipse 500 very light twinjet, which includes pilot qualification and supplemental training by the University of North Dakota’s aerospace department. Jet-transition and type-rating courses will be provided free of charge with each Eclipse 500 purchased. A mandatory type-training admission evaluation, conducted by UND, will cost between $500 and $750.
While people dealing in pre-owned turboprops are not exactly doing cartwheels over the state of their industry these days, most are optimistic that the downward spiral seems to be flattening out. They cite an apparent leveling of prices, which is bringing buyers back into the marketplace, and more favorable insurance rates.
In July 1998 there were 750 used jets for sale and today there are more than 2,000. Pessimism swapped places with exuberance in early 2001 and jet values came crumbling down. This year proved to be slightly different in terms of price degeneration, which on many aircraft seemed to occur at a slower rate than last.
While the FAA moves forward with its operational evolution plan (OEP) to increase National Airspace System capacity by the end of this decade, a major consideration will be how many aircraft are equipped to take advantage of the resulting improvements in efficiency.
Flush with the success of the forum and static display held at Chicago DuPage Airport (DPA) in June, NBAA held another such event last month at Fort Worth (Texas) Meacham International Airport (FTW). The terminal there was transformed into a mini convention center, and an estimated 1,500 people attended the one-day event’s forums and training meetings.
The Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry vowed to keep the nine recommendations released in its November 18 final report from languishing somewhere within the vast federal bureaucracy. “We believe that people in the next century should see aerospace as something where anyone or anything can go anywhere, at any time,” said commission chairman Robert Walker.