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November 1, 2008
Background Checks When hiring a pilot, flight evaluations and background checks should be standard procedure, but in today’s pilot-shortage market, some operators might just be happy to find a pilot willing to work for what they are paying. The following account looks at a pilot’s background from training through employment. According to the FAA, this pilot obtained a student pilot certificate...
October 22, 2008
Flight Safety International has partnered with flight simulator manufacturer Frasca to place light turbine simulators in many of FSI’s training centers...
September 1, 2008
Pilot Responsibility — Where Has it Gone? Where is the FAA? That’s the question we all ask following an aircraft mishap. But the question that really should be asked is, where is pilot responsibility in general aviation these days? We all rely on the FAA to answer all of our safety and policy questions and to solve the problems that plague the general aviation industry. What do we want FAA...
August 6, 2008
A grandfather and grandson were injured yesterday when their amateur-built, single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft crashed in a field soon after takeoff from Erie Airpark in Erie, Colo. Gui Cipriani, a certified pilot was training Jake Harmon when the pair saw the crash. “The winds were perfect for autorotation landing, I...
August 1, 2008
TRAINING The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reviewing a senator’s call for it to investigate whether Silver State Helicopters and companies that issued loans to its students engaged in deceptive business practices. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) in late May wrote to the FTC’s chair, William Kovacic, requesting that he "expand the FTC’s ongoing investigation into...
August 1, 2008
Bell Graduates Father-Son Pair When Anil and Abhijeet Mahajan recently successfully completed their courses at the Bell Helicopter Training Academy, they claimed a minor spot in industry record books. They are the first father-son team to qualify in the same helicopter at Bell’s academy, according to Bell. The Mahajan men also both were trained by the same Bell instructor pilot, Kevin Brandt. Anil...
August 1, 2008
New Instrument Rating Center Opens in U.K. Severn Aviation has opened a new instrument-rating training operation in the United Kingdom. The Training Centre at Severn Aviation is intended to meet growing demand for all commercial helicopter activities. Its cadre of instructors, experienced in both civil and military operations, specializes in...
August 1, 2008
Ireland Sees 400 Percent Rise in Helo Licenses The number of private helicopter licenses Ireland issued has risen 400 percent in the past 10 years, according to numerous reports from the nation. In January, the Irish Aviation Authority said, 199 people held private pilot licenses for helicopters. In 1999, 51 people held such licenses. According to the report...
June 1, 2008
Reader Robert Rendzio took us to task last month. Our recent Question of the Month about the impact of Silver State Helicopters’ shutdown on the U.S. industry was callous, he wrote in our May Feedback column, considering the many young victims of that outfit "whose lives are ruined." "Your focus needs to be on the tragedy of the students and your insensitivity to their demise and...
June 1, 2008
TRAINING The U.S. FAA has extended the special federal rule prescribing training requirements for instructors and operators of Robinson Helicopters’ R22s and R44s. Known as the "Robinson SFAR," Special Federal Aviation Regulation 73 took effect in 1995 to address safety concerns about the operation of those aircraft by inexperienced pilots. It imposes training requirements beyond the...
June 1, 2008
Safety experts are fascinated by helicopter collisions with terrain, water and obstacles. They study these types of accidents continually. In the past four years, groups of accidents involving what is called controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) alone have been the subject of studies by the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board, the International Helicopter Safety Team, the International Assn of...
June 1, 2008
A California law firm is suing a U.S. bank to block it from collecting payments on tuition loans to students of the failed training giant Silver State Helicopters. The Feb. 3 collapse of North Las Vegas, Nev.-based Silver State left more than 2,500 aspiring helicopter pilots holding $70,000 loans taken to pay for training at the company’s more than 30...
June 1, 2008
Bell Helicopter is offering its training students the ability to obtain U.S. Sallie Mae financing for their training. Students at Bell’s Helicopter Training Academy at Alliance Airport north of Dallas can secure a Career Training Loan from SLM Financial, a Sallie Mae company. SLM has been providing loan products for students, consumers, and businesses for nearly 10 years. The Career Training...
June 1, 2008
Eurocopter, together with the government of France, plans to set up a flight training school in India, according to published reports. India’s The Economic Times quoted France’s transport minister last month as saying government officials are in the process of finalizing plans with the...
June 1, 2008
The Helicopter Assn International’s recent decision to change its rules to offer complementary, one-year memberships to flight students is aimed in part at helping former students of Silver State Helicopters and keeping the interest of those people in rotorcraft careers. The trade group in late April said any...
June 1, 2008
International safety advocates are encouraged by news that the rotorcraft industry in India is undertaking independent, third-party safety audits of helicopter operators. The news comes via the Rotary Wing Society of India in a message to leaders of the International Helicopter Safety Team. Indian industry has undertaken an effort that parallels that international group’s initiative, which aims to...
May 30, 2008
Sloane Helicopters has ordered a flight and navigation procedures trainer for the AgustaWestland A109E from the...
May 27, 2008
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson wants the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the abrupt Feb. 3 shutdown of Silver State Helicopters, according to The...
May 20, 2008
A San Francisco law firm has added two lenders to a lawsuit seeking to block loan collections against former students of Silver State Helicopters, according to The Sacramento Bee newspaper. Pinnacle...
May 15, 2008
Silver State Helicopters closed and locked its doors and filed for bankruptcy in February, leaving thousands of students owing loans and without their certificates. Now a California law firm, Pinnacle Law Group, has filed a proposed class-action suit against Cleveland, Ohio-based KeyBank, seeking to bar the financial institution from...
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