An in-depth report on the latest gadget for pilots. Does it really offer in-flight connectivity?
The relationship with my 1946 Aeronca Chief often segues into a world of strangeness. Owning and maintaining and flying an old fabric-covered taildragger is analogous to using a 1951 MG-TD as your personal car. But one learns to take things as they come, and most of all, to keep a sense of humor.
We’re excited to announced our new ATP training program, in partnership with ABX Airlines.
As of August 1, 2014, all pilots seeking an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with multiengine privileges are required to complete an FAA-approved ATP Certification Training Program (ATP – CTP) prior to taking the ATP knowledge test. The ATP-CTP training must include classroom training of at least 30 hours and simulator training of at least 10 hours. At least six hours of simulator training must be completed in a full flight simulator, level C or higher.
Sporty’s is pleased to partner with ABX Airlines to offer one of the first FAA-approved Programs. The ATP-CTP will take place at the world-class training facilities of ABX Airlines in Wilmington, Ohio (KILN). Training is conducted by the experienced instructional staff of ABX Airlines with extensive experience in transport category aircraft and airline operations.
Simulator training will take place in a modern DC-9, level C flight simulator. The DC-9 platform is an ideal aircraft for transitioning pilots accustom to “hands-on” flying and traditional instrumentation.
OK, so after a year or so of lessons, studying, agonizing over the written, sweating during the oral and dreading the practical, you’ve done it! You are a pilot! Now what? What do you do with this very rare right and privilege?
There’s a big difference, especially traffic.
Flying in my little single-engine Cessna, my yoke mounted GPS unit gives me my exact position anywhere on the face of the earth, as well as a host of other valuable information and is a marvel of modern technology. It wasn’t always so. I was a crewman on a Navy land-based long-range patrol plane (P2V Neptune) back in the early 1960s and I’ll tell you all what it was like.
What’s your favorite arrival?
For those of you who do not fly out of the Northeast, the NOBBI5 Standard Terminal Arrival Route leads you into Westchester County Airport. KHPN is where my 1980 Mooney 231 is based. It’s the last stretch home. When the weather cooperates, there’s plenty of opportunity to look down from 7000 feet.