Turbine Training Center Blog for Cessna 208 Caravan & Beechcraft King Air pilots
"No," Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared with a chuckle in his voice, "CESSNA hasn't developed a Solar Powered Plane yet. But," he added quickly and a lot more seriously, "no telling how long before they will."
While this may seem a little preposterous at first glance, in reality it is not all that far fetched. I mean, it wasn't that long ago that no one would have thought that TURBINE TRAINING would be utilizing a Cessna caravan simulator and a king air 200 simulator to supplement their training endeavors. Yet, that is exactly what is taking place today.
One of the hotter topics right now in the Aviation World is the death of 43 year-old BRITISH AIRWAYS pilot Richard Westgate. According to the Senior Coroner for Dorset, Stanhope Payne, it appears that Westgate's death was the result of toxic fumes in cabin air. As a result, Payne has urged BRITISH AIRWAYS (BA) and the CIVIAL AVIATION AUTHORITY (CAA) to do something about the situation. The question is, should all pilots be skeptical of extended flying?
To say that not every pilot can fly Aerobatics would be a major understatement! Taught to military fighter pilots as a way of enhancing flight skills and for combat tactical use, Aerobatics is the art of flying maneuvers not found in normal flight. Frequently, smoke is used to enhance the maneuvers, allowing viewer to better see the path of aircraft. "The Black Cats" were the first military aerobatic team to use smoke in September of 1957.
"There are a number of countries that have such teams," Dale Wescott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas shared, "and often they are the featured attraction at airshows attended by the public."
"What people can't imagine," Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, pointed out, "is how much money can be saved through the use of Flight Simulators."
VIRGIN GALACTIC, the firm currently "recruiting" civilians for space travel, has run a number of tests where they measure both pre-spin and post-spin heart rate, oxygen saturation and blood pressure have found that a number of people, even with what might be considered "health conditions" can participate in the program.
When you are traveling faster than the speed of sound to say that you need to have quick reflexes is an understatement. But, when it comes to handling an aircraft at optimum level, natural capabilities are not enough. Rather, training becomes a major factor in the equation. That training accounts for a high degree of the experience that a pilot receives. And, with the advent of simulators much of that experience can be obtained while never leaving the ground!
"One of the main reasons we utilize both a Cessna caravan simulator and a king air 200 simulator," Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas explained, "is because studies have shown just how advantageous a simulator can be."
Sometimes when we think of aircraft passengers and their discomfort we think of passengers on commercial airlines. However, many General Aviation pilots often find themselves with passengers who might feel uncomfortable when they encounter Turbulence as well. That's why TURBULENCE AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING is something that shouldn't be overlooked."
"Probably the first thing to understand," Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared, "is what, exactly, Turbulence is."