Tag: FAA re-authorization bill

20/20 just ran a segment on pilot over reliance of automation. In many ways it was quite misleading, especially the “seven button push” to a foreign destination. Don’t get me wrong; I am a strong believer in stick and rudder …

Pilot Experience in Press Again Read More »

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The below aviation Week article seems written in defense of the MPL program European carriers are now utilizing. It’s analysis in my opinion is dangerously flawed and contradictory. First it is framed in the view of a single seat fighter …

Aviation Week Viewpoint; flawed analysis Read More »

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

On 15 August 1983, a 24 year old with a mere 165 hours of total flight time, landed a twin engine jet on an aircraft carrier solo. A super natural pilot? Nope, an average jet SNA (Student Naval Aviator). That …

Experience vs. Intense Training (MPL) Read More »

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Do you want fries with that visual approach? The International Air Transportation Association (IATA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have opposing solutions to address the problem of a world wide pilot shortage. After a rash of “pilot error” accidents …

The Pilot Shortage, Visual Approaches and Mc-Pilots Read More »

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I first started writing articles on the pending pilot shortage over 5 and a half years ago. In fact I entitled one; “The Mother of All Pilot Shortages“, that was over three years ago. Now that it is a full …

Wall Street Journal Confirms Pilot Shortage Read More »

Tagged with: , , , , , ,

It is official: To fly for a regional airline will now require an ATP (Airline Transport Pilot) rating with the signing of the FAA re-authorization bill. That in effect raises the minimum flight time to fly for a Part 121 …

Ground Zero for Pilot Shortage Read More »

Tagged with: , , , ,