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PILOT HIRING MARKET, 2006
So, Independence Air is going out of business today, most of the big
airlines are in bankruptcy or close to it and thousands of airline
pilots have been furloughed, but the job market for pilots hasn't
looked this good in five years? Kit Darby, who runs Air, Inc., a publishing company that tracks pilot
employment, says more than 10,000 jobs will open up this year. He said
experienced pilots looking for work can probably find it but a few of
them might need an attitude adjustment. "Whatever it is, you just have
to get over it," said Darby. "Then you've got to get yourself up and
get back to the marketplace. There are a lot of quality jobs out
Most of the new hires are with regional airlines, fractional operators
and charters, which, despite the widely publicized problems of the big
airlines, are, according to Darby, doing just fine, thank you.
"They're growing, they're profitable and they're hiring," he said. But
it's not only the bottom half of the market that's looking for pilots.
Darby said Continental and Alaska Airlines are both in the market and
freight carriers like UPS and FedEx have been unscathed by recent
downturns by big iron operators. While it's true that wages are being
cut and pension plans restructured, Darby said they're still a pretty
good deal. Despite the rollbacks, the average top salary for airline
pilots is $168,000 a year and for cargo pilots it's $193,000. (Good
luck at the negotiating table.) More...
THE LONG TERM OUTLOOK
And while such unpredictable events such as 9/11, SARS or even avian
flu could sewer the industry again, if things keep on a reasonably
even keel, there should be above-average hiring for years to come,
according to Darby. That's because over the next 10 years, tens of
thousands of airline pilots will hit the mandatory retirement age of
60. However, there are about 9,600 fully qualified pilots currently on
furlough and if they start pounding the pavement, how are young,
inexperienced pilots supposed to compete? The key word is enthusiasm.
"Airlines don't hire the best people, they never have," he said. "They
hire people they like." More...
WE FLY OURSELVES -- LIGHT AEROBATICS IN AN RJ
Some people will pay big bucks to fly aerobatics but we'd wager these
folks just wanted to get to Pittsburgh. Nobody was reported injured
after an American Airlines regional jet reportedly suffered severe
roll- and yaw-control problems while en route from Dallas Tuesday
evening. According to WTVQ News, the American Eagle Airlines Flight
3629, a Bombardier CJR-700, was cruising at 37,000 feet when the pilot
"lost control." Passenger Gene Buttyan told the station that after the
impromptu air show, the pilot made an announcement that he was "unable
to control the plane" and that he'd "attempt" to make an emergency
landing. The attempt was successful and the plane touched down at Blue
Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky., about 9:30 p.m. John Hotard, a
spokesman for AMR, told ABC news the aircraft suffered problems with a
trim mechanism. More...
LAW TURNS FLIGHT DELAY INTO FALSE IMPRISONMENT
So, just how infuriating can it be to sit in an idling airliner for
seven hours while the pilot waits for a break in the weather?
According to Reuters, infuriating enough that six German passengers
aboard the British Airways flight have filed "false imprisonment"
charges against the pilot of the plane, who was trying to get from
Berlin to London. Heavy snow prevented the plane from taking off and
the pilot elected to wait out the storm. His patience was apparently
much greater than that of some of his passengers. After more than
three hours, one passenger called a police emergency line on his
cellphone, saying he felt like he was being "held hostage."
STRANDS REVELERS ... IN BALI
Strangely enough, though, we haven't heard a whisper of complaint from
a planeload of New Year's revelers who were stranded in Bali for three
days. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the
Skywest flight left Port Hedland on New Year's Eve and was supposed to
return later that night. But a faulty warning light grounded the
unidentified aircraft and distance (and likely the holidays)
complicated what should have been a simple repair. The passengers were
finally flown back to Perth by another airline on Jan. 3.
DITCH IN HUDSON "NEAR" GW BRIDGE
A Piper Warrior pilot who spent about 20 minutes in the 37-degree
waters of the Hudson River last Monday was released from hospital a
little more than a day later, none the worse for wear. John Eberle,
42, the flights pilot and a flight instructor, met with
reporters on Tuesday, 27 hours after the Warrior lost power after
departure from South Jersey Regional airport and ditched in the
Hudson. Mark Sorey, 44, identified by FAA spokesman Jim Peters to The
Associated Press as a student pilot, also escaped the ditching but was
kept in the hospital longer. Eberle said they were climbing out at
about 1,000 feet when the engine just quit. "At this point, I'm
contacting emergency -- 'Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, Piper Warrior, one
mile north GW Bridge, engine failure, going down.' " And in New York's
busy airspace, there were plenty of people listening. AVweb
reader David Faile wrote us to say he heard the Mayday, as did the
crew of the Air Force AWACS plane that keeps watch on the Big Apple.
SYSTEM APPROVED FOR AIRLINERS
An Israeli company has received the first-ever certification of an
anti-missile system for civilian aircraft. Israel's Civil Aviation
Authority this week approved the system, developed by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAIs) Elta
Systems Group. The system is specifically designed to thwart terrorist
attacks from man-portable air defense systems (MANPADs), which are in
the hands of as many as 27 guerilla and terrorist groups around the
world, according to Jane's Defense Weekly. The system uses invisible
infrared decoy flares to trick the heat-seeking sensors in the missile
(the FAA isn't keen on conventional magnesium flares dropping around
civilian airports) and a laser version is in the works.
SKYDIVERS DIE IN CRASH
Investigators are concerned that harnesses holding novice skydivers to
their jumpmates may have played a role in the death toll resulting
from a crash in Australia earlier this week. Five people died when the
Cessna 206, with a pilot and three tandem pairs on board, clipped a
tree and crashed into a dam on private property near Brisbane. It
flipped on impact, trapping most of the occupants under water.
According to the Scotsman newspaper, the harnesses would have made it
virtually impossible for them to escape. One woman was thrown from the
plane and, despite broken bones and lung injuries, walked about 200
yards back toward the airstrip before being picked up by paramedics.
The other survivor, an instructor, was found sitting on the tail of
the airplane with his dead partner hanging from the harness.
APPEALS FAA ORDER ON AIRPORT OPERATIONS
The city of Pompano, Fla., is asking the FAA to reconsider a Dec. 15
ruling that would force it to abandon long-standing noise-abatement
regulations that the FAA says are illegal. For almost 10 years it has
been "illegal" to do touch and goes at Pompano Air
Park except on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. In 2003, the
city tightened the rules even further by outlawing stop-and-go
exercises and also banning helicopter training outside of those hours.
But, acting on a complaint by AOPA, the FAA said the city had no
business restricting air operations and threatened to cancel a 1992
deal that allows the city to use land that was supposed to be used for
the airport for a park, a fire house, a water-treatment plant and
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CERTIFICATES FOR HIGH SCHOOLER
A South Carolina teen claims to be the youngest dual-rated pilot in
the U.S. According to his local newspaper, The Southern Pines Pilot,
Zealand Shouse got a private airplane certificate on Dec. 10 to go
along with his lighter-than-air ticket. His father, a former airport
manager, is also a CFI and provided most of Zealand's instruction.
"It's probably harder when your instructor is your father," Shouse
said. "He knew what I was capable of and if I ever seemed to back off
from studying or flight lessons, he let me know." In 2004, Shouse was
part of the U.S. Hot Air Balloon team that competed in the world
championships in Japan. More...
WAY TO CHECK TFRS
Remember four years ago when temporary flight restrictions were the
next big threat to GA? Granted, it was a little harder to avoid them
when they kept popping up unexpectedly and descriptions were sometimes
only available in text form. Well, TFRs are a fact of life, but
fortunately the flying fraternity is nothing if not innovative and TFR Check, the
latest tool to keep those Blackhawk helicopters off your wing, has
been rolled out by Adventure Pilots, which is a nifty site dedicated
to getting you out of the pattern and off to other destinations. With
updates every five minutes from Jeppesen's database, the TFR Checker
offers a great last-minute look at what might be on your flight path,
and as long as you know where you're going you can use it.
FAA ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS ARE ON THE
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Delta's first DC-3 back home...
Independence Air didn't find
RNAV fixes named for Boyer...
Chalk's hopes to resume
flights Jan. 10. More...
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Say Again? #58: ATC 207 -- The ILS
Want an easy and
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take that ILS right down to your port. But could there be some subtle
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Top flight instructors and former air traffic
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PICTURE OF THE WEEK ...
2006 has arrived, and "POTW" submission numbers are beginning to rise
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