Commercial Pilot vs. Airline Pilot
There are all sorts of pilots out there. Some fly recreationally while others fly for compensation. Commercial and airline pilots are both professional aviators but are in contrasting positions. All airline pilots are commercial pilots, but not all commercial pilots are airline pilots. What are the differences between these two? Looking at a commercial pilot vs airline pilot, there are
FAA’s ADS-B Out Mandate
Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, or ADS-B, is a Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) technology for Air Traffic Control (ATC) to determine an aircraft’s position using a transponder on the aircraft. This technology can help create shorter flights and lead to a more fuel-efficient way to fly. There are two different types of ADS-B equipment for airplanes: ADS-B In and Out.
Aviation Weather Planning
Understanding and evaluating aviation weather before and during flight is a key component in ensuring your own safety, the safety of others aboard the aircraft and the safety of other pilots around you. We’ll be taking a closer look at weather planning and decision making and what that looks like for an aviator. Aviation Weather: Preflight and Briefing Prior to
Pilot License Types and What They Mean
Just like you need a license to drive your car, a pilot license is important to have for operating an aircraft. According to the FAA, “pilot licenses” are really called “pilot certifications”, but we’ll be referring to them as “pilot licenses” throughout this blog for the purpose of basic understanding and explanation. Using the information below, you can identify which
Women in Aviation: Past, Present and Future
The next time you board a commercial plane, notice who your pilots are. It’s very likely the cockpit will seat two males, as they, without reason, make up 93% of all certified aviators. In honor of the upcoming International Women in Aviation Conference, we’ll be examining the progression of women in aviation, from past to present and will also look
Pilot Skills: What Makes a Great Aviator?
There are a wide range of interests and abilities needed to become a pilot, and being a well-rounded aviator requires a healthy mix of both hard and soft pilot skills. Not only are pilots responsible for in-flight events, but they also must work as their crew members’ teammate and help ensure all individuals aboard the aircraft are having a positive
Flight Instruments: The Six Pack
Student pilots will operate a variety of aircraft to obtain and further their flight knowledge. Safe operation of an aircraft involves a pilot’s ability to understand flight instruments and to recognize what to do if they aren’t working properly. Let’s take a look at the standard flight instruments that make up a plane’s six pack and determine how they’re used
Pilot Lifestyle: What Do Pilots Do When They Aren’t Flying?
The average airline pilot works approximately 9-15 days out of the month. During their working days, a pilot is responsible for in-flight decisions and the overall safety of all individuals aboard the aircraft. What does the pilot lifestyle look like outside the cockpit, when they’re off duty? Let’s take a look! 1. Catching Up on Rest According to the FAA,
The Importance of Aircraft Maintenance
Ensuring students have access to training aircraft that runs efficiently is essential. Pilots should feel confident they’re entering an airplane that is frequently examined and updated as needed. We sat down with Director of Maintenance, Shawn Rockey, for additional information regarding the importance of an aircraft servicemen’s role, and what their position entails. Rockey’s prior experience in corporate aviation makes
Airport Runway Markings, Signs and More
Every day, aircraft of all shapes and sizes take off from and land on an airport runway. Runways are built to accommodate and guide pilots, using visual aids to ensure safe operation. Have you ever considered how it is runways are arranged or what the different markings, signs and layouts mean? Let’s examine these runway components and how they help