ULA PRESENTS THE UTAH SUMMER GAMES!
Upper Limit Aviation a Top Sponsor of the Utah Summer Games 2014
Each year athletes from all walks of life gather in Cedar City, Utah to compete in the Utah Summer Games. The Utah Summer Games is a member of the National Congress of State Games (NCSG). Being an Olympic style event, many athletes from Utah, Nevada, Wyoming and Idaho come to compete. The games are not however, strictly tailored to top athletes. Although the games can be a good vehicle for United States Olympic hopefuls; the Utah Summer Games is also proud to offer a variety of events for anyone of any skill level who is interested. In 2013, the games saw athletes as young as 4 years old and as experienced as 84 years old. With nearly 40 different sporting events to choose from, there is something for the serious athlete and the family alike. Upper Limit Aviation is very proud to be a Presenting Sponsor of the 2014 Utah Summer Games! The first events start in April so Register today!
A Short List of Events to Choose From
• 5K Run/Walk
• 10K Run
• Bass Fishing
• Equestrian Events
• Moto Trials
• Shooting (Pistol, Rifle, & Action Pistol)
• Water Polo
• And so much more….! (See the entire list here)
A Warm Welcome from the Utah Summer Games
The Utah Summer Games is happy to welcome all athletes who are interested in competing. It’s our mission to encourage healthy lifestyles and extraordinary sporting events and competition to the residents of Utah. Please help us welcome athletes from those states who do not host a State Games; Nevada, Wyoming and Idaho, who are looking for an opportunity to compete in their sport of choice and wish them the best of luck as they compete in the games!
New Student Orientation this weekend at SUU - Spring 2014
The excitement was obvious as the students were formally introduced to the SUU-ULA aviation program, and they began to see their futures as professional pilots take shape. Students enrolled in the SUU Professional Pilot program have demonstrated an understanding that the aviation industry is increasingly focused on ensuring that the pilot’s of tomorrow are as well-rounded as they possibly can be. By earning a college degree they are opening door’s down the road for when they seek an aviation career.
Students at ULA's SUU Program are Ready for Take Off!
By Craig Rogers
As it always does, the end of summer signals the beginning of another school year. Many Southern Utah University students have added a new dimension to their higher education this year by enrolling in professional helicopter pilot training at our SUU campus. With almost seventy students attending this program, the launch of this campus has already been a tremendous success. Each sixteen week term will see these fresh-faced future pilots get another step closer to their dream of a high flying career. Upper Limit Aviation's ongoing mission to meet the demands of a helicopter industry facing a serious pilot shortage has moved another step forward in closing the gap with the opening of our new program.
A High-End Training Program at High Elevation
We asked SUU Flight Director and Chief Flight Instructor Michael Mower what separates ULA's SUU professional helicopter pilot training program from other similar schools and he told us that he feels the ULA at SUU experience offers a higher-end flight training experience. In addition to the beautiful campus, and the atmosphere of excitement embodied by the spirit of the college kids here, every single flight is value added due to the elevation of the school's locale in Cedar City, UT. At 5600 feet, getting high-altitude training is a given for our students. A short flight will take you deep into mountain terrain, where our students can obtain flight training experience simply not available to many other students at other schools.
Flight Director Mower suggests that the school will grow to provide top-notch instruction to at least two-hundred enrollees within the year. The initial batch of students sees many veterans of the military pursuing training that will find them a rewarding career in one of many jobs across our growing industry. A bachelor's degree earned while pursuing your training will give you the upper hand when it comes time to apply for many of the industry's top jobs. Upper Limit Aviation's SUU campus is proud to be the only Part 141 Approved helicopter program associated with a four-year university.
Asked to sum up the opportunities that graduates of Upper Limit Aviation programs should expect, he said "Students hit the hour threshold and they're gone. It's actually getting hard to recruit internally now because employers take all of our graduates as soon as they're ready."
Call 1-855-HELIEDU to learn more about how you can achieve success through our program at Upper Limit Aviation.
How Can We Draw More Female Pilots to Our Industry?
By Craig Rogers
Aviation history is full of proud tales of notable women. From Amelia Earheart, the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic, to Bessie Coleman, the first licensed African American pilot, to Elinor Smith, who at age seventeen, flew under the four East River bridges in New York City. To this day, she is the only pilot to have performed the stunt. The list goes on, and a quick Google search will find you knee deep in stories about incredible women blazing trails by stepping into the cockpit. We are given to wonder then, why is it that women are such an underrepresented group among aviators?
Upper Limit Aviation (1-855-HELIEDU) encourages female and male students to seek professional flight training. Whether you would like to become a helicopter pilot or to fly a fixed-wing aircraft, we believe that we can offer you a chance to help restore equality to our industry.
A recent analysis revealed that women make up just four percent of commercial pilots. This number should shock those who believe that equality for women was a battle fought and won long ago. It’s true, cultural attitudes have moved increasingly toward equality, and women do not have to appeal to be recognized as a potential equal in a variety of industries, but there are troubling signs across a broad array of fields. The income disparity between men and women is a revealing sign that all is not equal in the battle of the sexes. Across the whole realm of the American and international workforce, women are vastly underpaid compared to their male counterparts. While this problem is not directly related to the underrepresentation of females in our industry, it is indicative that maybe there is an exclusionary issue that should be considered.
As a father, I don’t want my little girl to grow up feeling like her options are in any way diminished. That is why we must take action, to preserve the option for our daughters and sisters to dream and to make their own choices.
The Origins of Gender Disparity in Aviation
It’s possible that we have been culturally conditioned to overlook female potential as pilots. Certainly there are too few female pilot role models represented in stories and movies, despite the prominent role women played in our shared aviation history. Women have often held positions of high administrative authority in aviation, so it’s not as if they haven’t made some important inroads -- so, why is it that women do not participate at the same level as men when it comes to doing some real flying?
Is it that the military was for so long a male institution? Tellingly, women do not represent more than a 19% stake in any branch of active duty military service. However, women are most sizably represented in the Air Force. Perhaps this is a sign of the type of changes we may soon see. Among reserves, women represent 26% of Air Force troops. So while we may have developed cultural biases that preclude us from immediately imagining women as pilots, it’s clear that these attitudes can change.
The fact that women make up half of our population but only 4% of our aviation workforce should be a shocking reminder that we are not working from the best available pool of talent that we should be drawing from. There are many women out there would make fantastic pilots, and who will continue to contribute in meaningful and vital ways to the future of aviation history.
Upper Limit Aviation would like to help as many female pilots achieve success within aviation as is possible. We believe that in doing so, we will be offering a more qualified pool of talent to the industry partners who seek our recruits among each graduating class.
To learn more, call 1-855-HELIEDU.
Be One of the First to Train in Our New Eurocopter AStar
by Craig Rogers
Upper Limit Aviation is proud to announce that we have acquired a Eurocopter AStar helicopter to add to our training fleet. We recognize the importance of keeping up with the times. The industry makes changes, and yet, sometimes those changes are not adopted or sufficiently recognized by many of the helicopter training programs. The AStar is a widely used helicopter throughout our industry, and new pilots who can become familiar with them will have the benefit of prior experience when they seek new helicopter career opportunities.
The Eurocopter AStar is widely considered to be the helicopter of our times. It has safely secured its reputation as the best performing helicopter in its category. It’s enhanced maneuverability and reduced pilot workload have contributed to its rapid ascent as one of the industry’s best performing helicopters. The Eurocopter AStar’s engineering excellence allows it to outperform on versatility, safety, competitive acquisition and maintenance costs, compared with other helicopters in its class. The Eurocopter excels in hot conditions and at high altitudes, making it ideally suited for our Cedar City, UT helicopter flight training campus.
Cedar City’s Elevation is a Natural Fit for the Eurocopter AStar
Situated at an elevation reaching close to a mile in the mountains of Southern Utah, our Cedar City campus will make prime use of the Eurocopter AStar. High-altitude training is a breeze when you’re taking off from this elevation, and this is the helicopter to do it. The AStar made news when it was used to land on top of Mt. Everest, and again when it was used to rescue three mountain climbers atop Annapurna in Himalayan Nepal. This helicopter is a high-performance machine, that is also fully equipped to handle the day to day necessities required of the modern helicopter workhorse.
To learn how you can benefit from training on the Eurocopter AStar at Upper Limit Aviation, call 1-855-HELIEDU.
Professional Pilots Have the Opportunity to Earn A Bachelor’s Degree
by Craig Rogers
Upper Limit Aviation believes that the best pilots are usually the ones who started with the best training. To that end, we try to seek opportunities to enhance the training and education that we provide our students. Recently, we have formed a partnership with Southern Utah University that we believe will wind up being very impactful for our new pilot students. A college degree is considered to be a vital component of what many companies look for when they are evaluating the qualifications of applicants. Too few pilots seek to further their education beyond the necessary credentials they’ll require in order to begin working within our industry. A bachelor’s degree earned by an Upper Limit Aviation student concurrently enrolled at Southern Utah University could greatly enhance that students potential to find a top job upon graduation.
There are a number of reasons that we feel our students should consider concurrently enrolling in one of our partner schools in order to earn a bachelor’s degree in addition to their professional pilot credentials. One of the main reasons that we feel this way is that going to school at SUU while enrolled at ULA will allow many students the opportunity to seek public funding and scholarship opportunities that might not otherwise be available to them. Flight training is an investment in the future, and while we believe that the pilot shortage the entire aviation industry is currently facing will allow pilots to find gainful employment for years to come, it can be a costly endeavor to complete your education. Having access to alternative funding streams will add security for many students.
Professional Pilots Can Include A Bachelor’s Degree Among Their Qualifications
In terms of qualifications, a Bachelor’s degree will open many doors. The combination represented by being a highly trained professional pilot and a college graduate is a very appealing one to many employers. The number of career paths available to professional pilots with a bachelor’s degree will outnumber those available to other pilots seeking employment.
To find out how you can take advantage of this opportunity at Southern Utah University, call Upper Limit Aviation at 1-855-HELIEDU.
Upper Limit Aviation Offers Benefit of Associate Degree
By Craig Rogers
Upper Limit Aviation believes that the best way to help our students achieve success is by doing everything we can to pack the training experience with value-added circumstances for further knowledge and enhanced opportunity. We feel that the training we provide is absolutely the best that students can choose in order to pursue a career as a professional pilot. One of the ways that we are working to enhance student opportunity is by offering the opportunity to pursue an associate degree while going about their regular training.
How An Associate Degree Can Help Upper Limit Aviation Students Save Money
For many of tomorrow’s pilots, flight training is an initial move toward an attractive career path. Many students believe that aviation training is outside of their budget. The partnerships we have formed with Mid-South College in West Memphis, AR and Salt Lake City Community College, in Salt Lake City, UT, will allow many students to secure public funding opportunities, as well as scholarships, to help them pay for their training. When you add that to the fact that students who pursue this course will also be eligible to earn an associate degree, it begins to seem like the best course for all students.
Additionally, students whose background is in military service, will find that they may have access to benefits due to the Post 9/11 GI Bill that will enable them to truly make the most of this tremendous educational opportunity. All professional pilots can benefit from the value added to their resume and base of knowledge and experience represented by an associate degree earned at one of the prestigious schools with which we have partnered.
To learn more about how Upper Limit Aviation can help professional pilot students also seeking an associate degree, call 1-855-HELIEDU.
High-Altitude Flight Training
By Craig Rogers
One of the primary benefits of our partnership with Southern Utah University is embodied in the simple fact that Cedar City, UT’s elevation is ideally suited to undertake high-altitude flight training. We believe that students should be offered the opportunity to extend their training to many facets beyond what might be taught at some other schools. We believe that when flight training programs focus on teaching only to the minimum requirements that they are participating in a ‘race to the bottom’ that is damaging not only to the credibility of their school, detrimental to the training of students, but also has an overall negative impact upon the aviation industry at large.
Upper Limit Aviation and High-Altitude Flight Training Possibilities
Flying in mountainous terrain poses unique challenges. Performing in a helicopter career, such as firefighting, will often require experience training in varied terrain and at different altitudes. Flying at a high altitude requires a slightly different set of skills, due to some differences in the air that affect the way power is managed in the aircraft. While some schools encourage students to think about high-altitude training at a later date, Upper Limit Aviation is happy to offer a program that has value added benefits such as high-altitude flight training available as a built-in part of our regular training program.
We believe that the best pilots are the ones who receive the best training. You form many of the habits and practices that will follow you throughout your career during those formative experiences early in your training. While bad habits can be corrected, even simple actions can contribute to a pilot’s skill level. We encourage our students to develop masterful skills, and part of that practice involves encouraging a varied training experience.
To learn more about the dynamic possibilities offered by Upper Limit Aviation, such as the high-altitude training available at our Southern Utah University affiliated program in Cedar City, UT, call 1-855-HELIEDU.
Professional Fixed-Wing Pilots
By Craig Rogers
This is truly a great time for professional pilots who fly fixed-wing aircraft. The number of jobs available, and the endless potential of emerging career opportunities, mark the current era as being among the best times to fly in aviation history. We believe that people will look back at this moment in history as a significant turning point for professional pilots. Globalization and advances in technology have changed the demands of infrastructure in business and other private and commercial enterprises.
Upper Limit Aviation is proud to be able to help shepherd tomorrow’s professional pilots into the exciting fixed-wing careers that will provide them with a lifetime of satisfying work. We believe that our fixed-wing professional pilot training program provides truly life-transforming possibilities. One of the greatest benefits to our instructors is knowing that we are helping young men and women achieve success through one of the most important decisions they will ever make in their lives.
Preparing Professional Pilots for Fixed-Wing Careers
Upper Limit Aviation has a reputation for training excellent professional pilots of fixed-wing aircraft. We regularly receive phone calls from many of the industry’s top employers, asking about our qualified graduates, who may be able to fill some of the best jobs in the industry. They call us because they know that our graduates are able to deliver when it comes to job skills, flight expertise and work ethic.
Calling Upper Limit Aviation’s admissions team can help clear up any questions you may have about becoming a professional pilot in the fixed-wing aircraft industry. You can find out more about how we have achieved a 100% employment rate for our graduates. You can learn how the Post 9/11 GI Bill can help military veterans earn a free or deeply discounted education. You can learn why flight training is an excellent investment in the future for private pay students, due to the forecast for increased growth in the aviation economy.
But to learn about any of this, you must call Upper Limit Aviation at 1-855-HELIEDU. We look forward to hearing from you.
Professional Pilot Students Are Poised for Helicopter Success
By Craig Rogers
Our incoming students know that now is the time to pursue a professional pilot career. The historically unprecedented set of circumstances taking place within our industry at the present moment are exceedingly rare in any industry. There is a surplus of unfilled positions in many companies across the country and throughout the world. Given the fluctuating state of the economy across various employment sectors in recent times, when is the last time that you heard about an industry that had more jobs than applicants to fill them? If you’ve ever thought about becoming a helicopter pilot, then you understand that the salient question is not whether you should pursue a professional pilot career, but when can you start your training?
The growth that the helicopter industry is experiencing is not a blip on the radar. What we’re seeing is a fundamental transformation of the way companies do business, both at home and abroad. For instance, as the energy sector diversifies, a range of helicopter applications become necessary. Our reliance upon this or that form of fuel may shift from era to era, but as the population swells and globalization expands, the need for infrastructural support will continue to rise.
The Steps to Becoming a Professional Helicopter Pilot
Becoming a professional helicopter pilot is not something you can do overnight, but it is absolutely possible for students willing to put in the work. The reward of a reliable and essential career in a growing sector of the global economy is its own reward for many pilots. The sheer joy of being able to fly a helicopter every day as a professional pilot is more than a bonus, it is a life-defining treasure.
If you are a veteran of the military, you may be eligible for a deeply discounted or free education. If you are a private pay student, there are a variety of funding streams available to you as well. The decision to become a helicopter pilot is an investment in your future.
To learn more about how Upper Limit Aviation can help you get started toward becoming a professional helicopter pilot, call 1-855-HELIEDU.
Upper Limit Aviation is Proud to Announce Southern Utah University (SUU) Partnership
By Craig Rogers
Upper Limit Aviation is very pleased to announce that we have formed a partnership with Southern Utah University (SUU). We are continually striving to provide new ways to offer the greatest benefit possible for our helicopter and fixed wing aviation students. This new partnership will usher in a new era of opportunity for our pilot graduates.
Southern Utah University and Upper Limit Aviation are perfectly matched. We both have a reputation for excellence within our fields, and our mutual strengths are greatly enhanced by our joining together.
The instructional program at Upper Limit Aviation has been designed to put students in the best possible position to achieve success within the aviation industry. Partnering with Southern Utah University will allow us to accomplish this mission with even greater success.
SUU is located in Cedar City, which makes it ideally situated to provide the high altitude training necessary for today's pilots to gain a competitive edge when applying for jobs. The aviation industry is currently experiencing tremendous growth, but the top jobs will go to the top pilots. ULA and SUU have teamed up in order to help train well-rounded pilots who are comprehensively schooled in all practical and theoretical aspects of flight. Our students graduate and move on to positions within all of the most prestigious areas of the aviation industry.
A college degree is a virtual necessity when applying for just about any job these days. However, many of today's pilots do not pursue studies beyond the necessary credentials to get started as a professional pilot. Graduates of our program at SUU will leave with either an Associate's Degree or a Bachelor's Degree, giving them a head start that will enable them to have access to the jobs they want.
ULA is one of the schools setting the national standard of excellence when it comes to promoting the best education and most rigorous training of student pilots. We offer real world training to get our students working in prosperous careers.
Whether you are a veteran of the armed services who will be using your Post 9/11 GI Bill to receive a free or deeply discounted education, or you're a civilian student who will be using private loans to fund your education, we will do our part to help you make the most of your training at SUU, or either of our other campuses in Salt Lake City, UT (where we are partnered with Salt Lake City Community College) or West Memphis, AR (where we are partnered with Mid-South Community College).
Increasing Opportunities for Professional Pilots
The Expanding Array of Jobs Available to Today’s Professional Pilots
Job Fair Showcases Serious Need for Professional Helicopter Pilots
by Craig Rogers
Industry insiders have forecasted tremendous growth across all segments of the helicopter aviation industry. This is truly a benchmark moment for helicopter pilots. A combination of circumstances has arisen to create the perfect storm of job creation for helicopter pilots who begin their training now. Upper Limit Aviation is excited to be able to offer excellent helicopter training to tomorrow's pilots who want to take part in this industry-wide boom.
How Today's Students Can Take Advantage of Tomorrow's Opportunities for Helicopter Jobs
Historically, veterans have sometimes had a difficult time making the transition from service to the civillian workforce. Thankfully, many vets today are learning about how the Post-9/11 GI Bill can help veterans get an education and vocational training, such as the helicopter flight training offered Salt Lake Community College and Mid-South Community College, through a unique partnership with Upper Limit Aviation (1-855-435-4338). Veterans returning from service today are arriving at the perfect time to take advantage of explosive growth within the helicopter aviation industry. Because Upper Limit Aviation's program is vet friendly we are a better choice for veterans than many other aviation schools.
It can be a little intimidating to obtain clear information about how the Post-9/11 GI Bill can help veterans on a case by case basis. The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) offers tremendous educational opportunities for veterans who have served at least ninety continuous days, or thirty continuous days with a service-connected disability, in the last fifteen years. For veterans with at least thirty-six months of service, your flight training at SLCC and MSCC may be covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, as long as you left service with an honorable discharge and other important factors. For other veterans, the amount of time you served will factor in to the amount of financial assistance you receive. Thankfully, Upper Limit Aviation has partnered with Salt Lake Community College and Mid-South Community College to offer Professional Pilot Degree (AS or AAS), that qualifies students for additional funding, student aid and grants. The Post 9/11 GI Bill offers veterans benefits for their training, a stipened for materials and textbooks and a basic housing allowance (BHA). Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, out-of-state students may be able to receive additional funding to cover extra costs.
Veterans Receive Flight Training Thanks To the Post-9/11 GI Bill
The experience veterans gain in service combined with the training they'll receive at Upper Limit Aviation transforms them into supremely qualified candidates for the aviation industry workforce. Moreover, ULA students have the benefit of the aviation industry's (helicopter and fixed wing) current unfulfilled pilot jobs and high demand for new pilots. The aviation industry reports there are major pilot shortages for both fixed wing and rotorcraft. Fixed wing and helicopter pilots have exciting, challenging and rewarding jobs. Veterans have the opportunity to receive service connected VA funding for pilot training. Veterans can begin an aviation career and find greater success in life. To learn more about how the Post-9/11 GI Bill can help veterans receive training at Upper Limit Aviation, call 1-855-HELIEDU (1-855-435-4338).
By Kristen Daniel - Iron County Today
CEDAR CITY- The Cedar Council voiced support at its Nov. 20 meeting for a Specialized Aviation Services Operator agreement that will allow an aviation school, slated to open fall of 2013, to operate at the Cedar City Airport in partnership with Southern Utah University. In a subsequent City Council on December 5th, the City Council gave final approval.
Upper Limit Aviation, based in Salt Lake City, requested an agreement with the Cedar City Airport to move forward with plans to open a school that will offer instruction for helicopters and eventually airplanes. The flight school will partner with Southern Utah University and students will earn an associate degree through SUU where class-work will take place, while Upper Limit will conduct labs at the airports in the form of flight-school training.
Gordon Birch, Upper Limit Aviation vice president, approached the council and said their program is a public-private partnership.
|Cedar City Council Chambers|
Both Council Members John Black and Don Marchant spoke to the benefit of opening the school and approving the agreement.
"This benefits vets big time and will benefit our community," Black said. "This is a real win-win for everybody. We welcome you with open arms."
Marchant expressed his agreement with Black and said this was a "no brainer, with great significance for the whole community."
Council Member Paul Cozzens asked about the placement rate of graduates in the workforce. Birch stated that the aviation industry has a great need for new qualified pilots, and ULA has a very high placement rate for our graduates. Birch continued, "the need for helicopter pilots has grown tremendously and is continuing to grow just as many Vietnam-era veteran pilots are retiring and leaving the industry.:
He added that there are 7,000 unfilled positions for helicopter pilots in the Gulf of Mexico area alone. Additionally, China will open its airspace and in the natural resources area there will be a need for 22,000 additional pilots in that region.
Upper Limit Aviation is currently operating in partnership with Salt Lake Community College and Birch said the curriculum for the school and associates degree program is already in place for SUU to approve and work into their system so that it should be a smooth installment of the new degree. He added that SUU had been very helpful and their discussions were professing nicely.
The inaugural SUU class of flight school will start with between 30 to 50 students, but Birch said that the number should reach the capacity of 250 students per class in about three years.
Upper Limit Aviation has plans to begin with the first class in a hangar near the general aviation terminal, and has already identified a 5-acre parcel of land south of the airport terminal on which it could build its permanent training center, Airport Manager Russ Volk said.
The cost of the two-year program will vary based on the type of aircraft on which a student trains, but should average at $250,000 per student for the full program.
Veterans who qualify for the post 9/11 training and education benefit may qualify for the education benefit, and Birch said most of their non-veteran students pay for their training with student loans that will cover the tuition for the school.
By SUSAN CAREY, JACK NICAS and ANDY PASZTOR - Wall Street Journal
U.S. airlines are facing what threatens to be their most serious pilot shortage since the 1960s, with higher experience requirements for new hires about to take hold just as the industry braces for a wave of retirements.
U.S. airlines are facing what threatens to be their most serious pilot shortage since the 1960s, with higher experience requirements for new hires about to take hold just as the industry braces for a wave of retirements. Jack Nicas has details on Lunch Break (see video below).
Photo: AP: A rule requiring new airline pilots to have at least 1,500 flying hours will postpone the day flight instructor John Adkins, above, join a carrier.
Federal mandates taking effect next summer will require all newly hired pilots to have at least 1,500 hours of prior flight experience—six times the current minimum—raising the cost and time to train new fliers in an era when pay cuts and more-demanding schedules already have made the profession less attractive. Meanwhile, thousands of senior pilots at major airlines soon will start hitting the mandatory retirement age of 65.
Emily Berl for The Wall Street Journal
A rule requiring new airline pilots to have at least 1,500 flying hours will postpone the day flight instructor John Adkins, above, can join a carrier. Another federal safety rule, to take effect in early 2014, also will squeeze the supply, by giving pilots more daily rest time.
This change is expected to force passenger airlines to increase their pilot ranks by at least 5%. Adding to the problem is a small but steady stream of U.S. pilots moving to overseas carriers, many of which already face an acute shortage of aviators and pay handsomely to land well-trained U.S. captains.
"This is going to come to a crisis," said Bob Reding, recently retired executive vice president of operations at AMR Corp.'s AAMRQ +5.28% American Airlines and now a consultant to FlightSafety International Inc., an aviation training provider.
Added Kit Darby, a consultant on pilot-hiring trends: "We are about four years from a solution, but we are only about six months away from a problem."
Estimates differ on the problem's magnitude. Airlines for America, a trade group of the largest carriers that collectively employ 50,800 pilots now, cites a study by the University of North Dakota's aviation department that indicates major airlines will need to hire 60,000 pilots by 2025 to replace departures and cover expansion.
Mr. Darby's firm calculates that all U.S. airlines, including cargo, charter and regional carriers, together employ nearly 96,000 pilots, and will need to find more than 65,000 over the next eight years.
In the past eight years, not quite 36,000 pilots have passed the Federal Aviation Administration's highest test, the Air Transport Pilot exam, which all pilots would have to pass under the congressionally imposed rules.
For passengers, the biggest impact is expected to be at smaller, regional carriers. They have traditionally been a training ground feeding pilots to the bigger airlines, which are expected to step up their poaching.
"Absent a game-changing shift in the supply of" pilots, small to midsize communities "are in jeopardy of losing some, if not all, their scheduled flights," Roger Cohen, president of the Regional Airline Association, said in a July speech.
More than half of U.S. airline pilots are over 50, said Mr. Darby, the consultant, reflecting a bulge in new hires in the 1980s and scant hiring over the past decade.
In 2007, to bring the U.S. into alignment with some other countries, regulators extended the mandatory retirement age to 65 from 60. By some estimates, 80% of 60-year-old U.S. pilots now are staying on longer. But in December, the first of those who extended their careers will start turning 65.
Capt. John Silverman, a 64-year-old US Airways Group Inc. LCC -1.51% pilot, stuck around when the law changed but must retire in April. "I'm extremely healthy," he said. "I could do more time. But 65 is plenty."
The FAA's head of flight standards, John Allen, said at an industry conference this summer that the projected retirement numbers are "astounding and dramatic" and "we don't have a system to address this issue." A spokeswoman for the FAA said its official position is "to obtain data to determine long-term pilot staffing needs and solutions."
After a decade of consolidation and restructuring, some large carriers are planning to start hiring again. Delta Air Lines Inc. DAL +1.37% estimates it will need 3,500 new pilots over the next decade to maintain its ranks at 12,000, not including any growth. American Airlines recently said it plans to add 2,500 pilots over the next five years. United Continental Holdings Inc. UAL +0.14% has begun taking applications for a few positions in its Continental subsidiary.
Dave Barger, chief executive of JetBlue Airways Corp., JBLU +0.19% said in an October speech that the industry is "facing an exodus of talent in the next few years" and could "wake up one day and find we have no one to operate or maintain those planes."
There are limits to the ability of airlines, especially the regional carriers, to attract more pilots by raising wages. While the industry's health has improved in recent years, many carriers still operate on thin profit margins, with the airlines sandwiched between rising costs for fuel and unsteady demand from price-sensitive consumers.
Dan Garton, chief executive of AMR's regional American Eagle unit, said the issue "is going to become much more visible when regionals have to decrease their flying" for lack of pilots, and some smaller cities lose air service.
Mr. Garton said he has beaten the drum about the problem on Capitol Hill and at the FAA without success. The FAA said it has been encouraging discussions among industry officials to come up with solutions.
Some regulators and industry experts worry about the safety implications of having a smaller pool of applicants at a time when demand for pilots is rising. They fret that some smaller airlines could be forced to lower internal criteria and hire applicants with questionable skills or spotty training records.
"It certainly will result in challenges to maintain quality," said John Marshall, an independent aviation-safety consultant who spent 26 years in the Air Force before overseeing Delta's safety. "Regional carriers will be creative and have to take shortcuts" to fill their cockpits, he said.
Ahead of the new 1,500-hour rule, the Regional Airline Association has been testing its first officers regularly in preparation for meeting the standards, said Scott Foose, the trade group's vice president of operations and safety. "Working collaboratively with the FAA, hundreds of first officers have already received their new certificates and the rest are on track to obtain theirs," Mr. Foose said.
The military hasn't been a major source of commercial pilots for years, and the supply of new pilots has been dwindling. Among the reasons is that would-be fliers face expensive training with no guarantee of being hired by an airline once they complete it.
Third Coast Aviation, a flight school in Kalamazoo, Mich., said business is down 30% to 40% over the past five years. At California Flight Academy in El Cajon, Calif., the rolls are full, but almost entirely with foreign students who will soon return to their home countries. "We don't have locals learning to fly anymore," said Ash Dakwar, the academy's operations chief.
While no one tracks overall attendance at the nation's 3,400 flight schools, FAA data show annual private and commercial pilot certificates—both required to become an airline pilot—are down 41% and 30%, respectively, in the past decade. The National Association of Flight Instructors, in a research paper published this year, said that "there is no feasible way…to continuously supply qualified pilots for the demand of air carriers."
Congress's 2010 vote to require 1,500 hours of experience in August 2013 came in the wake of several regional-airline accidents, although none had been due to pilots having fewer than 1,500 hours.
Regional carriers now are racing to make sure their pilots have 1,500 hours by next summer, while also trying to bolster their ranks. But prospects with close to the required number of hours aren't numerous. "These people just don't exist," said Mr. Garton of American Eagle.
The FAA is trying to soften the blow. It has proposed a rule that would lower the requirement to 750 hours for military aviators and 1,000 hours for graduates of four-year aviation universities. But the exemption, if it goes through, may come too late, and it isn't expected to help most aviators in training anyway, because they come from other types of flight schools.
For them, the challenge of meeting the new requirements is uncharted and costly. "I'm stuck being a flight instructor for another year," said John Adkins, a 27-year-old pilot at California Flight Academy. He achieved the current minimum for being a co-pilot, but the new rule has delayed his dream to join an airline. "You don't make a lot of money as an instructor," he said.
The 1,500-hour mandate "has only discouraged a future generation of prospective pilots to pursue this career," said Mr. Cohen, from the regional airline group. Those who persevere "will try to get the 1,500 hours the fastest and cheapest way possible," he said. "Flying around in empty airspace or towing banners doesn't give you the training you need to fly a complex airplane."
The mandate applies to regularly scheduled passenger and cargo airlines flying jets and larger turboprops. Cargo airlines could also end up struggling to recruit sufficient pilots. Smaller planes, on-demand charters and business jets aren't covered by the new requirements.
The last big pilot shortage, in the 1960s, occurred because "everybody who was of a trainable age was in Vietnam," said Randy Babbitt, a former FAA administrator who was hired as a pilot in that era. Meanwhile, airlines were expanding as jets shortened trips and boosted traffic. Once the military pilots finished their tours, many joined airlines and the shortage problem receded.
A version of this article appeared November 12, 2012, on page A1 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Airlines Face Acute Shortage Of Pilots.
Upper Limit Aviation Partnership with Mid-South Community College
Upper Limit Aviation (ULA) announces a new partnership with Mid-South Community College (MSCC), located in West Memphis, Arkansas to offer a Professional Pilot Program for helicopter (rotorcraft). ULA has opened its second helicopter training school through a unique partnership with MSCC. Upper Limit Aviation at Salt Lake City is an FAA approved Part 141 pilot school, accredited by ACCSC.
VA for Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits
Mid-South Community College, partnered with ULA, is currently the only college program in the State of Arkansas for rotorcraft. ULA in partnership with MSCC's Professional Pilot Program courses for helicopters training. VA Benefits for veteran may be available under Chapters 30, 31, 33, 1606 and 1607.
VA benefits, for those who qualify, include Private Pilot to CFII under Chapter 33 (post 9/11 GI Bill), or Instrument to CFII under Chapter 30. (For more information on the use of VA benefits and coverage, visit: www.va.gov. For your eligibility status, please visit: www.gibill.va.gov/)
When enrolling through MSCC, ULA students have the ability to enroll in the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in "Professional Pilot". This allows the student to become eligible for financial aid, federal funding, GI Bill Benefits, scholarships, and grants. Mid-South Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (800) 621-7440.
ULA MISSION STATEMENT
Through our commitment to the integrity of standardized helicopter training, we cultivate an environment of involvement, camaraderie and dialogue. While providing consistent curricula, our instructors are taught to progress with advanced courses and techniques. We work within the aviation industry to determine the skill sets required for students to succeed in a highly competitive market. By providing a safe and dynamic learning environment, our students gain the understanding that their success is our success. ULA is dedicated to producing skilled, knowledgeable helicopter pilots equipped to support the needs of the aviation industry.
Mid-South Community College
Mid-South Community College, a dynamic and innovative institution committed to student success and economic development. Located in West Memphis, Arkansas, just minutes from the amenities of metropolitan Memphis, TN. Mid-South Community College is a public two-year institution of higher education with an open-door admission policy, serving Crittenden County, Arkansas, and the surrounding areas with a comprehensive educational program.
Mid-South CC is committed to economic development in the Arkansas Delta through the provision of high quality, affordable, and convenient learning opportunities and services consistent with identified student, community, and regional needs. To Apply with MSCC: To apply online MSCC (https://www.midsouthcc.edu/mscc_db_forms/).
Mid-South Community College
2000 West Broadway , West Memphis, AR 72301
Main - 870.733.6722 Admissions
Free - 866.733.6722
Do people like you because of your happy and positive personality? Do you enjoy helping others? If so, Upper Limit Aviation wants you! We are looking for a dynamic Front Desk Receptionist/ Administrative Assistant to be part of the Upper Limit Aviation Team. This person needs to possess an outgoing personality, provide great customer service to students and staff and possess the ability to handle multiple projects all with a smile on their face.
Provide general administrative support
Specific responsibilities will include general office duties (greeting clients and students, answering multi-line phone system, filing, photocopying, faxing, mail distribution, supply maintenance, data entry); maintaining training system; newsletter creation; scheduling travel and meetings; maintaining calendars; writing and composing letters and memos; preparing presentations; and processing expense reports and check requests. Provide backup support for payroll and accounts payable. Must be self motivated, willing to take initiative, and able to function in a fast paced setting. Organization skills a must! Must be personable, and able to work well with others in a team environment
Required Experience: One to two years administrative experience is required, preferably in a similar role.
Required Education: High school diploma required, prefer an associate's degree form an accredited college or university; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Bachelor's degree a plus.
Special Requirements: Must possess excellent organization skills and exercise strong attention to detail. Must be proficient in Microsoft Windows environment (including Word, Access, Excel and PowerPoint), have working knowledge of a document management system and a strong knowledge of QuickBooks. Excellent interpersonal, communication, grammar and letter composition skills required. Strong follow-up skills are essential. Must be a self-starter, solve problems quickly and proactively and coordinate varied and multiple projects simultaneously. A high level of confidentiality and responsiveness is essential. Candidate must be able to pass a background check and must be available to work weekends.
We would love to find a person that enjoys helping our veterans find rewarding careers in aviation and strives to positively impact the business and culture of Upper Limit Aviation.
Feel free to check us out: www.upperlimitaviation.edu
Upper Limit Aviation was called in and hired by the family of the couple that were killed in a small plane crash on Saturday July 14th, 2012 to assist in the search for the wreckage. The accident occurred over the Saleretus Canyon, just southeast of Salina, Utah. Upper Limit Aviation provided two search teams, which included a Bell 206L and a Robinson R44.
The search teams included; Sean Reid, Jason Davis, Gordon Mabey, Mikelle Mabey, and Jonathon Bowling. The group in the Bell 206L located the wreckage around 3:00pm on Sunday.
Upper Limit Aviation would like to send their condolences to the family of the passengers.
The Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation is excited to announce the recipients of the Accelerating Possibilities scholarships that were offered in the amount of $2,000 each.
Ryan DeJong of Salt Lake, Utah and James (Jay) Bunning of Bend, OR, both demonstrated their commitment and dedication to becoming professional pilots through their application essays as well as from personal feedback from their instructors and other individuals that have close ties with their training.
Ryan completed his Associates Degree in Aviation Technology/Rotor Wing at Salt Lake Community College and does his flight training through Upper Limit Aviation. Ryan will be using this scholarship to help him complete the few hours he has remaining to obtain his Commercial Certificate and he will also be able to immediately start training for his CFI.
Congratulations Ryan, Upper Limit Aviation is extremely honored and proud of your recent achievements!
Upper Limit Aviation is currently accepting applications for the fall 2012 semester. If you have not already enrolled, please fill out our online enrollment application. Once received, a ULA student advisor will contact you with more information.
Student Enrollment week will be held August 14-17. Please make an appointment with your student services advisor or with our Enrollment Director, Ashley Alvey.
New student orientation will be held on Saturday August 18th. We are requesting that new students arrive between 10:00-11:00am. Our executive faculty/instructors will be conducting a small presentation, and lunch will follow at 12:00pm. ***More details to come!
If you have any questions about the enrollment process, please contact:
Student Services Coordinator
or questions about Enrollment Week:
If you are out-of-state, please call our toll free number: 855-HELI-EDU
And if you are interested in our program, please contact our academic outreach advisor:
Please check out Upper Limit Aviation's blog! A flight student at our school, Crystal Frisby will be posting experiences, events and media while on her journey as flight student.
Check it out and post!
These rates are from the November 2011 report to the ACCSC for the reporting period from April 2007-March 2008.
UPPER LIMIT AVIATION ACCREDITED PROGRAMS:
Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
Graduation Rate: 100%
Employment Rate: 100%
Employed in field of study: 100%
Awarded Credential: Certificate
Length of Program: 24 months
Certified Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII)
Graduation Rate: 100%
Employment Rate: 100%
Employed in field of study: 100%
Awarded Credential: Certificate
Length of Program: 24 months
If you would like to see a copy of our actual report, please contact Upper Limit Aviation
Congratulations everyone that has taken the first step towards their careers in aviation. We are looking forward to this new semester and getting to know everyone.
If you need anymore assistance, please contact our Student Services Coordinators- Matt Kawamura or Brooke Havice.
We can help you out with anything that you may need until graduation.
Upper Limit is excited to see the increased interest of people who want to be helicopter pilots. Our main goal is to provide the best education and atmosphere for our students. If you are interested in attending Upper Limit Aviation, you can contact our academic outreach coordinators or our student services department. Please see the section of our website titled "Enrollment and Admissions" or please look on the main homepage for a link to our application. We look forward to speaking with you!
Toll Free: 855-HELI-EDU
CONGRATULATIONS to the SLCC Aviation Maintenance Team!
Upper Limit Aviation wishes to congratulate the AMT team for their recent win at the skills competition in Vegas. We are proud to have SLCC maintenance students working at ULA and maintaining our aircrafts.
Please visit their website: http://slcc.orgsync.com/org/amt/home
Provides that reserve members of the United States Armed Forces assigned to Utah are considered residents for tuition purposes; provides that a veteran of the United States Armed Forces pays resident tuition at a public higher education institution if the veteran: has been honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces within the previous 12 months; and has taken steps to relinquish residency in other states and establish residency in Utah; and makes technical changes.
For more details about the bill, please visit:
Or contact the Salt Lake Community College VA Center for any additional questions about in-state tuition:
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
4600 South Redwood Road
Student Center, 059
Phone: (801) 957-4289
Fax: (801) 957-4987
Welcome Upper Limit Aviation Summer 2012 students!
ULA will be holding an open enrollment on Tuesday May 8 - Friday May 11 2012. Students can come in on any day at either 10:00am or 2:00pm. In order to enroll, students must bring in the required documentation (see below):
-Salt Lake Community College ONE Card
-Current SECOND Class Medical
-High School Diploma or Completed High School Transcript
If you have any questions about the enrollment paperwork or process, please contact our Admissions / Enrollment Management Specialist, Ashley Alvey.
or visit our website: www.upperlimitaviation.edu
We will also be conducting an Open House for anyone that would like to stop by on Saturday May 12, 2012 between 10:00am-3:00pm. We will have food, and our entire faculty will be available for facility tours and intro rides.
619 North 2360 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
(Exit 700 North off I-215; General Aviation Entrance 1 / Clinton Ave.)
We are currently seeking students that are interested in a part-time position consisting of 10-20 hrs/week to assist with new student outreach.
- Calling Prospective Students
- Scheduling Student Tours
- Answering Questions Regarding the ULA Program, GI Benefits, Housing and Community Experience
- Tracking Conversations in Daylight Program
Hourly Compensation: TBD
If you are interested, please contact our Advising / Business Development Team:
Upper Limit Aviation