The FlightSafety Academy in Vero Beach, Fla., has a reputation for highly trained graduates with the skills and knowledge to move into the right seat of turbine aircraft. Historically the emphasis has been on the regional airline market, but the post-9/11 environment had a devastating effect on the Academy’s enrollment.
Major maintenance provider Duncan Aviation, known for its “we’re all family” approach to management, has announced 12 recipients of the 2007 Duncan Aviation Scholarship program.
Eurocopter has launched a 50,000-sq-ft extension of its customization, subassembly and maintenance facility at Mexico City International Airport. In addition, in May the European manufacturer signed three training agreements in the country. The first, with the Mexican Polytechnical Institute, creates a course in aeronautical engineering for helicopters.
Canadian simulator builder CAE has introduced the third generation of its Simfinity cockpit procedures trainer, this one adding a so-called lesson plan studio for instructors and a virtual instructor feature that lets students create self-paced lessons.The Simfinity trainer consists of a number of LCD touch-screen displays positioned to replicate the cockpit of a given aircraft model.
The Toulouse Business School has designed a dedicated MBA program for the aerospace industry. According to Dr. Jacques Tournut, the school’s director of MBA and postgraduate programs, deep-seated changes in the industry have to be implemented by competent executives who have often left engineering to fill managerial roles for which they are not trained.
Monday is the final day to comment on a proposed rule published by the FAA that, if enacted, would extend the duration of first- and third-class medical certificates for airmen under the age of 40. Currently, the maximum validity of a first-class medical certificate is six months, regardless of age. For a third-class medical certificate, the validity period is 36 months for pilots under 40.
The head of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) told members of Congress early last month that they should support three pending bills that would boost efforts to attract young people to science, math and engineering studies.
“Among today’s aviation service providers, software is playing an ever-increasing role in day-to-day operations, so it is becoming more critical for A&P technicians to be computer and software proficient,” said Continuum founder and president Jack Demeis.
The Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology (MIAT) will incorporate FlightSafety’s Principles of Troubleshooting course into its curriculum. The move is designed to help students develop a better understanding of the latest technology used in aircraft as they prepare for a career as professional aircraft technicians.
Comments are due June 11 on a proposal from the FAA to increase the duration of first-class and third-class medicals for airmen under the age of 40. Currently, first-class medical certificates are valid for six months, regardless of age. Third-class medical certificates are valid for 36 months for pilots under 40.