In parallel with global business jet sales, pilot training activity is, for the most part, stable and growing somewhat, particularly in new markets. At the same time, flight-training providers are reporting unprecedented growth in the civil helicopter sector, with much of this being driven by a surge in demand for rotorcraft support in the booming offshore oil and gas industries, plus the deployment of new-generation helicopter simulator technology.
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At the NBAA Maintenance Management Conference held April 30 through May 2 in Fort Worth, Texas, the NBAA Maintenance Committee awarded Technical Reward and Career Scholarships (Tracs) to 35 people. The Tracs program is open to current and aspiring A&P mechanics enrolled in an accredited A&P program or Part 147 school and military technicians who are transitioning to civilian careers in business aviation, according to NBAA.
In an extension of a training agreement first reached in 2011, Bombardier has appointed FlightPath International as an authorized technical training provider for all entitlement and recurrent technical training for the CRJ series and Challenger 850, 870 and 890 business jets. Training will be provided at FlightPath’s new Toronto facility and at customer locations. “Our recent expansion of services will now add even greater flexibility to Bombardier in serving its customers,” said FlightPath president Andrew Lucas.
Hong Kong-based Pacific-China Aero Technology (PCAT) has signed an exclusive training agreement with global training provider CAE, which is based in Canada. PCAT is a new customer for CAE (Booth P1012) and will send pilots for training in the Gulfstream G450, Beechcraft King Air 350, Cessna Citation XLS, XL, Sovereign and III platforms. Pilot training begins in May on the Sovereign at CAE’s facility near New York City.
Hong Kong-based Pacific-China Aero Technology (PCAT) signed an exclusive training agreement with global training provider CAE. PCAT is a new customer for CAE and will send pilots for training in the Gulfstream G450 and Beechcraft King Air 350, as well as for the Cessna Citation XLS, XL, Sovereign and III. Pilot training will begin in May on the Sovereign at CAE’s facility near New York City. PCAT is an aircraft sales, leasing, aviation training and consulting company and was founded in 1985.
中国公务机的数量持续稳定增长，技术精湛的飞行员却十分短缺，而在飞行学校或者航空培训机构接受飞行员培训的人员中，几乎所有人都是面向商业航空业。据中国航空咨询公司Jackson Rosenberg的联合创始人和执行董事Christopher Jackson透露，中国的飞行员培训计划是，5名飞行员服务一架服役的公务机。他还认为，在短中期时间内，中国还需要另外增加数以千计的公务机飞行员。
With the number of business jets in China steadily increasing, the country is facing a shortage of qualified pilots, with virtually all of those attending its flight academies and training schools destined for the commercial aviation sector. Operators in China use a ratio of five pilots for every business jet in operation, according to Christopher Jackson, co-founder and executive director of China-based aviation consultancy Jackson Rosenberg, who sees a need for hundreds of additional business jet pilots in the short to medium term.
King Schools announced several updates and additions to its online pilot training programs this week at the Sun ’n Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla.
Tabletop flight training devices have come a long way in the last decade, and Redbird Flight Simulations, in partnership with AOPA, EAA, Flying Magazine, King Schools, The Pilot Workshops, Sennheiser and more has come onto the scene with a device that could be disruptive in the industry.
The hardware includes a 27-inch screen integrated into a dedicated PC computer; yoke, switches and power quadrant, which costs $2,490. Rudder pedals and a Cygnus connector (for using iPad flight mapping software during flights) are available as options.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will roll out six new undergraduate and graduate degree programs over the next 18 months. Among the undergraduate offerings are aviation security, commercial space operations and global business, while the new master’s programs include aviation finance, engineering management and unmanned autonomous systems engineering. The programs will be split among the school’s Florida, Arizona and worldwide campus network.