Tuesday, June 18, 2013
They own the night
COCC trains pilots in night vision
By Dylan J. Darling / The Bulletin
Pilots flying into Prineville Airport at night usually use a radio trick to turn on the runway lights so they can see the small airstrip.
But as Mike Stewart, a student pilot at Central Oregon Community College, guided a helicopter toward the airport on a recent night, he kept the field dark on his approach.
While to the naked eye the airport was just a black void between bright lights, Stewart could see in the dark. He and his instructor, Jared Douglas, assistant chief flight instructor at Leading Edge Aviation, were wearing night-vision goggles, which provide a green, monochromatic view of the world.
"The first few times you fly, it is kind of odd," said Stewart, 31, who is close to completing his two-year degree in aviation.
The helicopter program at COCC is one of the few in the country with a course in night-vision flying. While military pilots have been using night-vision goggles for decades, the skill is just now becoming part of civilian helicopter flying...
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Pilot Outlook 2010-2029: A Shortage Looms
Latest industry statistics point to a pilot shortage that will dwarf those that came before
By Marc C. Lee
Like the pendulum on a giant grandfather clock, the availability of aviation jobs goes back and forth in giant, lazy swings. In 2007, regional airlines saw an enormous jump in pilot hiring, sucking flight instructors out of every corner of general aviation, and leaving gaping CFI positions at local FBOs everywhere. Flight schools scrambled while aviation industry pundits breathlessly exclaimed that there were no flight instructors left. Meanwhile, airline training centers bulged at the seams with fresh-faced recruits, some of whom had maybe 250 hours of time under their belts. In 2007 alone, 2,766 domestic airline pilots were hired.
Contrast that scenario with 2009. A scant two years later, and the entire airline industry crashed. During that entire year only 30 domestic airline pilots were hired—30! It was the lowest point in the airlines’ history. So it is with that ominous mist hanging heavy over the aviation profession that we bring up the subject of a looming pilot shortage...
» Read more at PlaneAndPilotMag.com
VA Accepting Applications for New GI Bill
The Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The application form is available online.
The form requires that individuals currently eligible for another education benefit make an irrevocable election from their existing program to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Typically individuals who are eligible for more than one benefit may use a combined total of 48 months of entitlement. Therefore, for those individuals eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) program, please be advised that if you have entitlement remaining under the MGIB, the number of months of Post-9/11 GI Bill entitlement you will be eligible for will be equal to the number of months remaining under MGIB. However, if you exhaust all of your MGIB entitlement, then you may be entitled to a maximum of 12 additional months of entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Starting May 1, 2009 VA will begin processing applications for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and you will receive a letter explaining VA’s decision regarding your eligibility for the program. Payments for the Post-9/11 GI Bill will not be processed until August 1, 2009.
Airbus foresees demand for some 25,000 aircraft in the next 20 years
17 September 2009
Demand for larger eco-efficient aircraft
Some 25,000 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at US$3.1 trillion will be delivered from 2009 to 2028, according to Airbus' latest Global Market Forecast. Emerging economies, evolving airline networks, expansion of low cost carriers and the increasing number of mega-cities as well as traffic growth and the replacement of older less efficient aircraft with more eco-efficient airliners are factors driving demand for new aircraft.
Larger aircraft in all size categories are required to help ease aircraft congestion and to accommodate growth on existing routes and to achieve more with less. Compared to timescales for aircraft investment and fleet turnover, economic down cycles are relatively short and a strong underlying demand for air travel will drive growth. In 2009, a decline in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPK's) of two per cent is expected to be followed by a rise of 4.6 per cent in 2010.
The forecast anticipates that in the next 20 years, passenger traffic RPK's will remain resilient to the cyclical effects of the sector and increase by 4.7 per cent per year or double in the next 15 years. This will require a demand for almost 24,100 new passenger aircraft valued at US$2.9 trillion. With the replacement of some 10,000 older passenger aircraft, the world's passenger aircraft fleet of 100 seats or more will double from some 14,000 today.
Airfreight tonne kilometres (FTKs) is forecast to increasing annually by 5.2 per cent. Combined with fleet renewal, this creates a demand for some 3,440 freighters. More than 850 of these are new aircraft valued at US$210 billion, with the remainder converted from passenger aircraft.
"Air transportation is a growth industry, and an essential ingredient in the world economy," says Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers John Leahy. "Technology and innovation are key drivers for an eco-efficient aviation sector, and Airbus is at the forefront of both."
Aviation also benefits individuals in every region of the world, with the number growing as aviation prospers. Oxford Economics predicts that in 20 years time, air transport will directly employ 8.5 million people worldwide and contribute US$1 trillion annually to world GDP. Tourism and indirect benefits are even bigger.
The greatest demand for passenger aircraft will be from airlines in Asia-Pacific and emerging markets. The region that includes the People's Republic of China and India accounts for 31 per cent of the total, followed by Europe (25 per cent) and North America (23 per cent). In terms of domestic passenger markets, India (10 per cent) and China (7.9 per cent) will have the fastest growth over the next 20 years. The largest by volume of traffic, will remain domestic US.
Air traffic growth, increased frequencies, cost reduction, environmental responsibilities and airport congestion are increasingly influencing airlines to capitalise on the benefits of larger aircraft, particularly within aircraft families by minimising training and maintenance costs.
For example, in the US in 2007, airlines wasted 740 million gallons of fuel in congestion delays, equivalent to 32,000 London to New York flights. Bigger aircraft with reduced CO2 emissions are a solution. In the last 10 years aircraft have increased in size by three per cent and Airbus predicts that by 2028, the average aircraft will be 26 per cent bigger than today.
Airbus foresees demand for Very Large Aircraft (VLA) seating more than 400 passengers, like the A380, at above 1,700. Valued at US$571 billion, this represents 19 per cent by value of passenger and freighter aircraft deliveries, or seven per cent of aircraft units. Of these, nearly 1,318 will be needed to link the world's most dynamic destination 'mega' cities, which are steadily increasing in number and size. This inevitably leads to a greater concentration of traffic. More than 50 per cent of the world’s VLA's will be operated by airlines in the Asia Pacific region.
In the twin-aisle aircraft segment (seating from 250 to 400 passengers), some 6,250 new passenger and freighter aircraft will be delivered in the next 20 years, valued at some US$1,300 billion, or 42 per cent by value, 25 per cent by units. Of these, 4,240 aircraft will be small twin-aisle (250 to 300 seater) and about 2,010 intermediate twin aisles (350 to 400 seater). These segments are covered by the A330/A340 family. From 2013, the A350XWB family will cover the entire spectrum of twin aisle market requirements.
In the single-aisle segment, almost 17,000 aircraft worth some US$1,200 billion or 39 per cent by value, 68 per cent by units, will be delivered in the next 20 years. This is an increase over previous forecasts due to the emergence of low-cost carriers and increased route liberalisation and an accelerating demand for single aisle aircraft in Asia.
Note to editors:
The Airbus Global Market Forecast gives a detailed analysis of world air transport developments, covering 300 distinct passenger and freight traffic flows, as well as a year-by-year fleet evolution of the world's aircraft operators, through fleet analysis of nearly 750 passenger airlines and 190 freighter operators over the next 20 years. In doing so, the forecast covers aircraft demand from the regional market to the very largest aircraft available, the A380 today.
Robinson Helicopter Company Breaks Production Record Again
21 January 2009
Torrance, CA—Robinson Helicopter Company continues to be the world’s leading manufacture of civilian helicopters. Robinson again breaks its own record producing 893 civil helicopters in 2008 surpassing its prior record of 823 set in 2007.
Without question, the R44 is the reason for Robinson’s continuing success and record-breaking numbers. Introduced in 2002, the Raven II, a more powerful version of the original R44 now accounts for 60% of the company’s aircraft sales. The original R44, later designated the Raven I, accounts for roughly 20% of aircraft sales. Finally, the R22 with 164 ships produced in 2008 still maintains its niche in an increasingly competitive market.
Robinson’s focus for 2009 will continue to be product development and maintaining its record-breaking production.
Robinson Helicopter Company is the world’s leading manufacturer of civil helicopters. For additional information about Robinson, visit the website at www.robinsonheli.com.
Aviation partnership formed
Oregon Institute of Technology has entered into a unique aviation partnership with Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Ore. COCC has blended their two-year aviation degree with fixed-wing (airplane) pilot training offered by Professional Air, and rotary-wing (helicopter) pilot training offered by Leading Edge Aviation, both located at the Bend Municipal Airport.
With the addition of OIT to this partnership, participating students have the option to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Operations Management from OIT in addition to an associate degree in Aviation Science from COCC. Students will be able to complete the associate degree, professional pilot licensure/certification and bachelor’s degree on the COCC campus in Bend and at the Bend Municipal Airport.
Students may choose from the following Federal Aviation Administration airplane or helicopter certificates:
- Private Pilot; Airplane single and multiengine land, airplane single sea, and/or rotorcraft-helicopter
- Commercial Pilot; Airplane single and multiengine land, airplane single sea, and/or rotorcraft-helicopter
- Instrument Rating; airplane and/or helicopter
- Certified Flight Instructor (CFI); airplane and/or helicopter
- Certified Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII); airplane and/or helicopter
Flight simulator training is conducted using “glass cockpit” technologies which offer easily readable graphical views of key flight indicators such as altitude display and mach speed. FAA approved flight simulators are also used in training.
Graduates of the Operations Management bachelor’s degree program are fully prepared for a career in aviation, including the airlines and helicopter operations in areas such as fire fighting and oil exploration.
Contact Karl Baldessari, aviation program director at COCC, for more information about the AAS/AS degree at COCC by telephone at 541.318.3702 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about COCC, visit www.cocc.edu.
Contact Ralph Gibbs, assistant professor of management at OIT, or Charlie Jones, professor of management at OIT, for more information about the bachelor’s degree in Operations Management. Gibbs may be contacted by telephone at 541.725.5929 or via e-mail email@example.com. Jones may be reached by telephone at 541.885.1377 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about OIT, visit www.oit.edu.