Category Archives: Training

Female applicants rise for aircraft maintenance training

Aircraft maintenance schools are seeing a 30 percent increase in female applicants, according to the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance.

The non-profit organization, based in Edgewater, Fla., helps students with career counseling and support and assists seasoned mechanics, it reports.

The group pledges to increase opportunities for training and mentorship of women in aviation maintenance, it said.

The organization announced new officers, including Lynette Ashland of Voyager Aviation in Cincinnati, president; Jane Shelton of Pratt and Whitney of Columbus, Ga., vice president; Teressa Stark of Pensacola, Fla., treasurer; and Sharon Riffle of American Airlines in Dallas, secretary and director.


Mayor’s China meeting with Hawker Beechcraft potential buyer canceled

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer’s meeting with the head of Superior Aviation Beijing in Beijing has been called off because of the sensitivity of the ongoing negotiations between the company and Hawker Beechcraft.

The mayor is leading a Wichita delegation on a five-city, 12-day business development trip to China, where one of the first stops was to have been a meeting with Superior Aviation Beijing Cheng Shenzong, the potential buyer of Hawker Beechcraft.

“Of course we are disappointed not to have met with Chairman Chen,” Brewer said in an e-mailed statement from Beijing. “We were looking forward to the opportunity to begin a positive relationship. As always we want to be supportive of Wichita companies and their interests.”

The mayor wanted to ask Shenzong about the potential acquisition and whether he will keep the work and the employees in Wichita should the deal go through. And he wanted to accentuate the reasons why the work should stay in Wichita.

Still, the delegation had a productive meeting at the U.S. Embassy, reports Karyn Page, president and CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services, who is part of the group. They gained information to help Wichita companies trade with China and received an overview of the current state of affairs in China.

Brewer also hosted an aviation luncheon with the American Chamber of Commerce, with about 40 people from U.S. and China aviation companies in attendance. Many of them expressed interest in aviation training opportunities in Wichita, Page said in an e-mail.

They also met with vice mayor Gou Zhongwen of Beijing. The mayor expressed an interest in exploring city-to-city cooperation focused on general aviation and aviation training, Page said.

“Beijing wants to be lead GA (general aviation) center in China and has resources to pull it off,” she wrote. “What they lack is knowlege in management and training. A partnership with the Air Capital can accelerate development of their GA industry, providing Wichita with manufacturing and service export opportunities as well as direct investment opportunities.”

The first day of meetings has been productive, Brewer said in a statement. “We are pleased to learn of possible export and investment opportunities for the Wichita and Kansas economy in the aviation and agriculture sectors.”


AOPA: Flight training, GPS interference and other issues face general aviation

Concerns about flight training is one of the biggest concerns Craig Fuller, head of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, says he has.

The number of pilots has dropped from about 800,000 15 years ago to about 600,000 today. And airlines are worried about how to fill the pipeline for pilots, he said.

Fuller spoke today at the Wichita Aero Club luncheon at the Wichita Airport Hilton.

About 80 percent of student pilots drop out and never get their license, Fuller said.

That must change, he said.

The AOPA has commissioned an independent opinion research firm, APCO Insight, to model the best primary flight training experiences and determine where the actual experience falls short of a student’s expectations, the group said.

In a survey, respondents said they found learning to fly rewarding and reported positive experiences for most elements of flight training.

However, respondents also said costs and quality instruction were¬† concerns — so were scheduling issues and other delays, the study said.

Individual flight instructors were not the issue, however. Rather, schools must support and train instructors, arrange a good match between students and instructors, measure success and ensure professionalism standards are met, the study said.

Flight instructors must interact well with students, demonstrate commitment to their success, organize lessons, carefully prepare students for their check rides and plug them in to resources and websites, the report said.

Besides flight training, other issues facing the general aviation industry include President Obama’s negative remarks about business jet use, the need to replace 100 low lead aviation gas, the risk of possible interference with GPS in aircraft and a change in allowing a pilot to opt out of Internet flight tracking services.

Not allowing a business to opt out of flight tracking can be a safety concern for the CEOs who fly and the proprietary nature of some of the trips a business takes, Fuller said.

Kansas Aviation to host “Learn to Fly” day

Kansas Aviation, a division of Yingling Aviation, will host a “Learn to Fly” day on Saturday for those interested in flight training.

Pilots, flight instructors and aircraft owners will be available to discuss training possibilities, careers and employment in aviation, organizers said.

The event is free and open to the public. It will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 2010 Airport Road at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.

Wichita Aero Club meeting to be held at NCAT Tuesday

The Wichita Aero Club is forgoing the usual venue for its monthly meeting and holding Tuesday’s luncheon at the National Center for Aviation Training at Col. James Jabara Airport.

A panel discussion will be held featuring Tony Kinkel, the new president of NCAT, Don Beggs, Wichita State University president, and John Tomblin, president of the National Institute for Aviation Research.

Kinkel began his tenure at NCAT on Jan. 3.

NCAT opened in the fall and offers 37 certifications and degrees using 21 classrooms and 25 laboratories in 230,000 square feet of space.

The luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m. For tickets call (316) 641-5962 or go to

Wichita’s National Center for Aviation Training gets broad attention at NBAA

072810NCAT_mh1ATLANTA — The National Center for Aviation Training is getting some attention at the National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention.

The center is being featured at the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition’s booth at the Georgia World Congress Center during the show.

This morning, officials held a media conference at the booth.

GWEDC president Vicki Pratt Gerbino, WATC vice president of academic affairs Sheree Utash and National Institute for Aviation Research executive director John Tomblin gave short presentations about the training center.

One feature that makes it different than other technical training institutes? Merging training and research, they said.

“For Wichita to compete in the global environment is to place the latest and greatest technology on the latest and greatest product and get it on the production floor as fast as we can,” Tomblin said.

WATC to host training seminar on Friday

Wichita Area Technical College is hosting a free Renewal and Safety Training Seminar for those who hold inspection authorization certificates on Friday, March 5 at the Best Western hotel in Park City. The seminar is also open to aircraft and powerplant mechanics and students.

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. No preregistration is required.

Attendees will also receive eight hours of training credit for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Maintenance Technician’s awards program. For more information, call Jon Pine at 316-708-2316.