Flight school checks a 9/11 legacy But instructors must remain alert on their own, too

January 31, 2012 · Posted in Education · Comment 

Following the events of the 9/11 attacks ten years ago, foreign students have greater difficulty than ever when attempting to enroll in American civilian flight schools, contradicting the old belief that America would be inviting and accessible to foreign people looking to learn; no doubt this is due to the fact that the 9/11 attackers had done just this.

Students and teachers aren’t screened carefully, so trainers and other personnel at the school need to watch for signs of a possible terrorist.

I have the phone number of the local Federal Burea of Investigation tacked to my wall. I wouldn’t have done that 10 years ago, but after the events of 9/11/2001, everything changed. said Patrick Murphy, director of training at Sunrise Aviation located in Ormond Beach, Florida.

100′s of US flight schools fiercely compete for students. Students are in high demand by flight schools. In Florida, some still pitch the good weather as a way for students to fly more often and finish programs faster. The hijackers from 9-11 looked for US flight schools were due to their brief training periods.

9/11 hijackers were in Florida Flight Schools before the bombing. The hijacking perpetrators were Mohamed Atta, Marwan al Shehhi, and Ziad Jarrah who all took pilot training; the first 2 at Huffman Aviation and the 3rd at a nearby private pilot school.

The terrorists were able to get licenses and certifications in spite of the fact they were often rowdy and gave poor performances.

The U.S. commission that investigated the attacks said in its report that Atta and Shehhi quickly took solo flights and passed a private pilot airman test. Those two people registered at a different school at a later date, at which point a teacher stated that they were rude and mean, and often started fights in order to maintain controls in training flights. They failed an instruments rating exam. They went back to Huffman, undiscouraged. Meanwhile, Jarrah received a single-engine private pilot certificate.

Hani Hanjour studied in Arizona for his private license to pilot a plane and got it within three months. Several more months of training yielded a commercial pilot certificate, issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. In early 2001, he started training on a Boeing 737 simulator. The Commission has said that his work had been found substandard by his instructor and he was advised to quit, but he kept with it and graduated just five and a half month before the attacks.

Today, it would be tougher for the four men to enter U.S. flight schools.

There are much stricter visa processes for foreign students now. They are not able to begin until the TSA, started after September. Air travel, uses a fingerprint-initiated background check- with the FBI”s assistance, to run their name against terrorist watch lists. Every year, TSA agents visit certified flight schools, they verify students’ identities and make sure that their visas have not expired.

In addition, TSA gives its found information to other governmental organizations and also has layers of security created to catch criminals before they can act and do harm even if they managed to receive flight instruction in the U.S.

Flight schools are not always consistent or error free with regard to the increased measures.

There happens to be a large number of flight teachers who have access to planes and simulators as well that are not always checked upon by the TSA every year and are only subject to inspections at random.

The FAA keeps a database of the names of student pilots and this is accessible by the TSA.

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January 10, 2012 · Posted in Business · Comment 

The FAA has approved the use of Redbirt Advanced Aviation Training Devices, said a spokesperson for Sunrise Aviation today. Jacksonville’s Florida State College [FSCJ] offers FAA approved courses. The recent acquisition of four Redbird LD AATD’s was made by Florida State College at Jacksonville was for the use of their students. Based at Cecil Airport, Sunrise Aviation are contractors that specialise in flight training for Florida State College.

Sunrise Aviation will utilize the Redbird AATDs in all of their approved pilot training courses such as: the private pilot; instrument rating;commercial pilot; and multi-engine rating. Training devices are a great deal for college students because they save money, improve learning and ensure safety.

Jacksonville is proud to have the Florida State College which has the four Redbird LD simulation devices in their State of the Art Flight Simulation Lab located in Aviation Center of Excellence at Cecil Center. Florida State College at Jacksonville has also made available in their in Flight Simulation Lab, an advanced Flight Training Device for turbo-prop pilot training and another AATD for training pilots that use the Garmin G-1000 glass cockpit, along with their three other training devices.

The Redbird LD has amazing wrap-around visuals and flight controls with realistic feedback. There are two Redbird LDs that are configured as two Piper Arrows and as Cessna 72 Skyhawks. With the installation of both the G530 and G430 all the four simulation devices are included in Garmin GPS avionics. Sunrise Aviation and Florida State College at Jacksonville have purchased the best equipment providing students the best possible learning and flying experience.

As of September 2011, Florida State College has hired Sunrise Aviation to provide pilot training classes to their students in the Jacksonville area. Aside from the Associate Degree in Professional Pilot Technology offered by Florida State College at Jacksonville, they now offer several bachelor’s degrees as well. It’s status as a public institution makes it possible for Jacksonville’s Florida State College to offer pilot training to students at a reasonable cost.

Many of Florida State College at Jacksonville’s students take advantage of VA benefits, Florida’s Bright Futures program, or other State and Federal Government aid programs that make the pilot training program, one of the most economical options for Florida residents. Aviation programs have been available through Florida State College at Jacksonville for over 20 years with pilot training provided for close to 10 years.

Ready to serve the college students of Florida State College at Jacksonville the Sunrise Aviation has aircrafts and staff based at the Cecil Airport. The combination of an excellent location for flight training and the combination of college, Sunrise Aviation and Cecil Airport makes for one of the best places to learn how to fly in Florida.

Since 1983, Sunrise Aviation has maintained continuous business with their main base at the Ormond Beach Municipal Airport in Florida. Last month, the FAA approved a satellite at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Florida. The school currently offers training in Cessna 152s and Cessna 172s at the Jacksonville satellite. Jacksonville is the very best place to learn to fly in Florida now that Sunrise Aviation has a satellite at Cecil airport!

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