Licensing

Airline Transport Pilot Certificate: 4 Things You Need to Know

In the United States, pilot certification is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA has various types of pilot ratings depending on logged flight time, experience and type of operation, such as airline travel or carrying persons or cargo for compensation or hire. The highest level of pilot certification available is an Airline Read More…

instrument proficiency check requirements
Training

Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC): 3 Things You Need To Know

All pilots are subject to flight reviews to check their skills and to maintain their privileges to fly. Private pilots through Airline Transport Pilots (ATPs) must undergo a Biennial Flight Review (BFR) or other, often more frequent reviews, to maintain their flight privileges. The Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) is a flight review for pilots who Read More…

Assembly-kit helicopter
Aviation History

Private Helicopters

The engineers who built early helicopters envisioned their machines to become as commonplace as automobiles. Both Stanley Hiller, Jr., the founder of United Helicopters, and Arthur Young, who built the Bell Model 47, envisioned the helicopter to become the transportation method of choice for businessmen and families alike. This vision never became reality. Unlike small Read More…