Pilot Jobs On The Way Out?

Over the skies of Arizona a bizarre array of aircraft are invading their airspace. These are UAV’s, or
unmanned aerial vehicles, and they are being tested for use in wars, border
patrol, law enforcement and – yes – commercial freight and passenger

Imagine climbing aboard an aircraft, locating your seat,
sitting back to relax while a crew – on the ground at the airlines headquarters
– prepares for takeoff, hundreds or even thousands of miles away from the aircraft
itself!  But for the resistance of the
venerable FAA, it could be happening right now!

UAV’s are more and more in the news because they are being
used by the military over Iraq and
They are flown by pilots at airbases right here in the USA, and can
fly thousands of miles without any pilots (or anyone) on board at all. They can
depart from US air bases, navigate halfway around the world, complete a mission
and return to their US air base.

Raytheon spokesman Don Newman, who is the director of
unmanned systems, predicts that companies like UPS, DHL and FedEx will
eventually use unmanned aircraft, followed shortly thereafter by the major air

The FAA reluctance is being addressed and approval of
standards for using unmanned aerial vehicles in the National Airspace System is
expected to occur as soon as 2010.

That’s right folks, its all about money!  The USAF says it costs $ 700,000 to train
pilots while a UAV operator can be trained for $ 13,000.  Doesn’t that make you feel real safe, Hersch?

Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!


Safety Through The Integration of Technology & Ergonomics

Cirrus Design, with headquarters in Minnesota, manufactures the SR20 and SR22 aircraft which are positioned to be the leader in creating high-quality, ingeniously designed aircraft for general aviation pilots.

In that tradition Cirrus has announced the “Perspective Avionics Package”, a $ 48,000 option for the SR22 series of aircraft. This package continues their commitment to improve aviation safety through the intelligent integration of technology and ergonomics.

To this end the SR22 Garmin 1000 Perspective package includes features never before seen in a certified piston-powered single engine aircraft. The first change you will see are the 35% larger 12” displays which replace the previous 10” displays.

 Two new features have been added including a “blue” button labeled LVL. Pressing this button will level the wings and nose on the current heading and at the current altitude. You can think of this button as a “give me a moment to think about this” button.

The second item is a go-around button located on the underside of the throttle. If things don’t look right on approach the pilot can simply press the button which immediately disengages the autopilot, prompts the pilot to pull up and automatically cycles the gps into the missed approach segment. Hit the autopilot button and it will reengage.

These features compliment the virtual glide slope, highway in the sky navigation, terrain awareness (with color coding) and synthetic vision which is so life-like that the only thing missing are the rubber marks left on the runway by prior landings.

You can learn more about this new technology in Glass Cockpit Flying.

The first delivery to a customer will take place on June 3rd, starting yet another new revolution in general aviation safety.

Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!


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Buy A New Airplane Like You Buy A New Car?

Shopping for an airplane?

They say things are bigger in Texas, and now it has come to general aviation as well.  If you have ever gone to a new car dealer looking for your new car, deciding on the spot and driving off the lot with your new ride, then imagine this:

You are a light sport aircraft pilot and are looking for a new airplane.  You go to the dealer where you can find an extensive selection of aircraft including the REMOS, Breezer II, Explorer, Cessna Skylark, Tecnam’s Sierra, Bravo and Eaglet or the Comco Ikarus! 

You kick the tires, spin the prop and take it for a test flight, arrange the financing and fly your new airplane home.

Well, it is coming!  US Aviation in Denton, TX has announced plans to offer an auto dealership style shopping experience for pilots with a large inventory of aircraft and maintenance programs.  If nothing makes an auto consumer happier than to walk into a dealership and drive off in a new car, then how about making an LSA pilot happy by walking into an aircraft dealership and flying off in a new airplane.

US Aviation says “People have a right to expect that. They should not have to wait for months to take delivery of their new aircraft” said Justin Shelley, head of US Aviation Sales.

US Aviation also offers complete maintenance service, including servicing of the Rotax engine which powers most of these aircraft.  If you are curious about the Rotax engine, or own an aircraft with a Rotax engine and want to know more about it, then check out the  Rotax 912 Engine Introduction, Basic Operation and Maintenance for Pilots and Mechanics for light sport aircraft.

Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!


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