Applications are now open for Piper’s 2021 Apprenticeship Program, which will be the third class to begin in Vero Beach, Florida at Piper Aircraft’s world headquarters. The apprenticeship program lasts for two years and includes on-the-job training and classroom instruction leading participants to a Journeyman in Aircraft Assembly qualification. Every apprentice receives a full benefits package and is a paid employee of Piper Aircraft.
The apprenticeship program is accredited and is run in cooperation with Indian River State College. It began in 2019 and was started to fulfill increasing demands for high-quality manufacturing candidates at Piper Aircraft.
In 2019, a 1964 Cessna 150D was donated to the 534 Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Leesburg, Florida. It didn’t look like much, and most people thought it was at the end of its useful life. Rebuilding it stood to cost a lot of money that the chapter didn’t have. Luckily, the bones of the aircraft were still good.
The structure of the aircraft was sound and had barely any corrosion, but it didn’t look so hot and needed some tightening up on cables and other smaller repairs. Unfortunately, it needed an entire engine overhaul and new avionics.
On March 21, 2020, the Indianapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center was running on lowered capacity due to some positive COVID-19 tests. With fewer sectors in operation, and fewer controllers watching more planes, things were pretty chaotic. A NATCA news release said, “Traffic levels were still high. The closure of much of ZID’s airspace forced controllers to work on the fly and join together to come up with plans and make them work. There were re-routes around closed airspace, aircraft in Area 2 that are usually not worked in that lower altitude airspace (23,000 feet and below), and other situations that were not planned for.”
A pilot flying a Cessna 172 took off from Prestonsburg, Kentucky and was headed toward Lexington while he was talking to a controller named Bob Obma. He began to notice icing, and the mountainous area prevented descent below 3,100 feet which wasn’t low enough to melt the ice. Luckily, Obma
A new and improved version of the app, version 10.3 allows pilots to reference graphical airspace and obstacle NOTAMs while conducting pre-flight planning, and greatly increases situational awareness while in flight. The profile view has also been upgraded, which gives faster access to weather, PIREPS, and more.
Airspace NOTAMs can now be seen as an overlay on the map and can be displayed as a circle or other shape with the type and altitude of the NOTAM labeled depending on zoom level. NOTAMs planned to be active in the next 24 hours are displayed in a yellow color to assist in planning flight around restricted airspace. Active
Within the aircraft industry, it’s usually said that we will only see prototypes for the next decade. However, there has been a major push by companies like Uber, Lilium, and others, who have created a plan to have a fully functional flying taxi service as early as 2023! Lilium, an electric aircraft developer, displayed a test flight of their new all-electric vehicle take-off and landing (eVTOL) device way back in 2017.
The test flight had only shown a two-seated variant that was remotely-operated, but the final version will seat as many as five people. This display was successful and Lilium managed to
While so many couples have had to postpone their weddings indefinitely due to COVID-19, Kayla Varcoe and David Berman found a way to make it work with a family tradition. On Saturday, October 10th, they held a small wedding at the Varcoe’s private hangar in Charlevoix, Michigan.
Rather than being “walked down the aisle”, Kayla was flown down the aisle by her father Randall Varcoe in his Rockwell 114 Commander. Randall has been flying since 1978 and was the driving factor in Berman beginning to fly as well. Berman flew his parents into the ceremony in his Cessna 340A.
A poor olive ridley sea turtle named Berni Stranders found himself a bit lost in Port Alberni, near Vancouver, Canada.
Sea turtles who aren’t used to living in such cold waters are susceptible to becoming “cold-stunned”, which is where they become lethargic to the point of being unable to swim or forage.
Luckily for Berni, there is a charitable organization called Turtles Fly Too that arranges for cold-stunned turtles to be transported to aquariums in warmer climates where they can be rehabilitated and released. Turtles Fly Too arranges extra space in flights for these turtles to be transported.
Berni Spent over 10 months at the Ocean Wise Conservation Association/Vancouver Aquarium after his trip.
Check out the video below to hear more about Berni’s story!
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When it comes to aircraft technology, manufacturers have put a lot of research into electrical engines more than anything. Our digging in a previous post on electric aviation showed as much. “With the expectation that regulatory frameworks governing electric air travel will come into focus globally,” said Ramsey Siegal, the managing director at tech startup Elemental Excelerator. After all, not only is electric aircraft the sustainable solution the industry needs, it’s also a more low cost option. True enough, a lot of electric aircraft innovations have been promising throughout the years, from Ampaire’s hybrid-electric motors to magniX’s battery-powered commercial plane. This year, another tech startup is
Air travel has come a long way during its short lifespan – and its second nature to us now. Anyone anywhere can pop into the airport and hitch a flight from NYC to DC in no time at all. But in order to do that, you have to wait in lines, you have to check your bags, you have to deal with delays, cramped seats, crying babies, and that guy who is sorry he’s talking so much but he just gets so nervous during takeoff.
What if you could take of from your driveway? What if you could pack all your stuff, load the family into the Cessna 172 and visit Grandma in Vermont for Christmas all without stepping foot
Piper has teamed up with four new brand ambassadors based on their passion, versatility, and enthusiasm to share their training experiences, campus life stories, and UND program studies on social media. The goal is to foster a community of like-minded individuals who are interested in an aviation career, according to company officials.
UND Aerospace is one of the largest collegiate flight schools in the world, with over 160 aircraft and flight training devices conducting over 160,000 hours of training every year, and the collaboration is meant to increase awareness of the programs offered here and show off the Piper training line, according to Piper officials.
These ambassadors will gain important communication skills, be
A six-seat Cessna 337 twin-engine with an electric motor dubbed the Electric EEL took off from Camarillo Airport (KCMA) on October 12 at 12:20 pm. Ampaire was quoted as saying that they have “accomplished the longest flight to date for any commercially relevant aircraft employing electric propulsion, in this case, a hybrid-electric propulsion system.”
Flown by test pilot Justin Gillen and Flight Test Engineer Russell Newman, the plane landed at Hayward Executive Airport (KHWD) at 2:52 pm. The straight line distance was 292 statute miles, and the route as flown was 341 statute miles, according to Ampaire officials.
Cruising speed averaged about 135 mph during the flight.
Like many industries, aviation is one that tends to be dominated by men. That’s why the new documentary “Fly Like a Girl” was created, to showcase some amazing female aviators and inspire others to pursue their passions even when the odds are against them.
“If you ask someone to name as many female aviators as they can think of, most would only be able to say Amelia Earhart. There are so many women beyond Amelia, both modern and historical, that have played an important role in the aviation and STEM world. Fly Like a Girl brings some of these women’s stories to light,” said director Katie McEntire Wiatt.
In a prepared release, the producers tell us “Fly Like A Girl is more than just a film. It’s a movement of young girls and women relentlessly pursuing their passion for aviation, a field currently dominated by men. Hear first-hand stories from girls and women who dared
There’s been discussion as of late on the most effective methods of avoiding risk, which has been growing more and more relevant as the year goes on. Risk management has been a tricky subject to tackle, however, it is not at all uncommon in the world of aviation to be very familiar with the fundamentals. Pilots face many trials when using an aircraft, and these skills can easily be applied to many other situations! We have 50 years of history regarding the importance of risk management, so considering how integral it is to pilots, we can find ways to make our inflight and grounded lives safer in return.
Everyone is familiar with using GPS, or Global Positioning System. It’s all but completely replaced the use of traditional maps, and everyone uses it- especially pilots. What’s interesting to note, however, is that despite how widely used it is, the signal itself may be in jeopardy due to a decision made by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
To supply context, Ligado, formally known as LightSquared, is attempting to make a network plan to “build a terrestrial-based communication network that will accelerate 5G and the emerging Industrial Internet of Things”. Which essentially means that it will try to utilize the 5G mobile network to make use of smart features like seeing if the coffee
Sometimes, you have a hyperaware situation where despite your knowledge in something, you realize upon a single second of thought, that you don’t actually know what you thought you knew. I’m sure many people understand the definition of the word cockpit. Simply being that a compartment for the pilot which contains controls, instrument panel, etc. However, why is it called cockpit? Aviation has many technical phrases when defining something, yet regardless of slang, it’s not compartment, cabin, or quarters, but simply cockpit. Where did this eccentric phrase come from, and how did it become common today?
There are a few popular theories as to where the phrase itself came from, however, it’s good to