It’s always great to catch up with Embry-Riddle alums and see where we’ve landed in the aviation/airline world.
This past week I flew a three-day trip with a Daytona Beach graduate. We had a great time reminiscing and comparing notes about our Riddle days. I spent three years on campus in Prescott before transferring to what is now known as the WorldWide campus.
We had a regional airline pilot in our jumpseat during the three days who also was a Daytona Beach Riddle student.
Later on, I had one of my Prescott classmates and his wife on board our A320 seated in the passenger cabin. He walked into the flight deck during boarding and we had fun remembering the old days on campus. Scott is a United captain who often flies the LA to Tokyo route.
I’ve been flying the Airbus for 18-months now and this week passed the 1,000 hour mark as an Airbus captain. This doesn’t count the prior 23-years of experience I have as a captain on both the B737 and the B757. But, to me, that is yesterday and the Airbus is today! 🙂
It was raining on and off in PDX but otherwise, a nice day. BTW, if you’re ever hanging out at the PDX airport, check out Gustav’s restaurant in the C concourse. Great food!
I flew a PDX turn last week – basically, fly to Portland, have lunch, turn around and fly back to PHX. On the return flight, I had an old friend (another Airbus captain) ride in my jumpseat as we were completely full with 150 passengers on the A320. He commutes to PHX from PDX. We had a great time catching up on the 27 years we’ve known each other.
We both flew the B737 years ago and agree, the Airbus is a really nice airplane!
Today, Airbus said it has begun assembling the first major airframe component for the A320neo (new engine option). According to Airbus, the A320neo is scheduled to make its first flight in the fall of 2014.
Some cool information about the A320neo:
The availability of two new jet engine choices – CFM International’s LEAP-1A & the P&W PurePower PW1100G-JM
Airbus’ large Sharklets wing tip devices
A 15% reduction in fuel consumption
Two tons of additional payload
An increase in range of about 500nm
Lower operating costs, along with reductions in engine noise and emissions
Did you know that, according to Airbus, the A320neo is one of the fastest-selling product lines ever, with more than 2,100 firm orders through May 2013 for some 40 customers – maintaining a 60% market share compared to its direct competitor.
I flew a Newark-Phoenix flight this past week. We were a completely full flight, with 150 passengers, and an Airbus captain riding in my jumpseat. He was returning to PHX from a visit with friends in the New York area.
At some point during the first hour of our flight, it occurred to the three of us that English was not our native language.
My FO was born in India and raised in Germany. Hence, German was her native language. The jumseater was born in Japan and therefore, Japanese was his native language. I was born in the US, raised in Latin America and Spanish was my first language.
According to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, graduates with 1,000 hours can acquire a restricted ATP certificate earlier than normal with the university’s full-motion simulation training.
A new rule recently announced by the FAA increases pilot qualification requirements for FO’s who fly for US passenger & cargo airlines, but includes allowances for reduced hours for pilots holding Bachelor’s degrees from ERAU’s residential campuses.
Here is a great organization promoting education and aviation.
Their mission is to promote the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education and the many opportunities in aviation and aerospace industries worldwide.
They’re embarking on an international in-flight effort that will cultivate and promote a greater awareness and interest in STEM in classrooms by way of an around-the-world adventure taking off in April 2014.