What do airplanes and motorcycles have in common?

Major James Boddy, a pilot instructor who is also a motorcyclist share his thought about common points of flying and motorcycling. The point is that he always get the safety gears and proper training before you turning the key. You should know the basic things if you want to excel at riding.

Flying need more sturdy training and preparations as just one small mistake can cause plane crash and cost many people’s lives. Riding, somehow is similar to flying, obviously may cause less damage when crash, but once one fall down the road and get injuries, he may be hit by car or other vehicle. Without safety gears such as motorcycle helmet, gloves, jacket, you will be easily get fatal injuries, broken legs or arms. Furthermore, you can get hit by car as some research stated that motorcycle are hard to be seen on the road, especially when riding at high speed. Therefore, you should wear not only a good helmet, but also a high-viz, a.k.a high visibility helmet or jacket, or a helmet that have LED light on the back like the GM54s helmet of GMax brand.

This helmet buying guide from bikergearlab.com will help you find the best motorcycle helmet. We already make a summary of this buying guide, but we highly recommend that you should reading the whole post if you are a pilot love riding motorcycle.

  • First of all, you should get a DOT or a Snell helmet, which are safety standard for helmet, no more no less but a DOT or a Snell approved.
  • Secondly, choosing motorcycle helmet or gloves, jackets, or boots depends on what’s your need and what kind of motorcycle you are riding. If you ride frequently, long distance, on a superbike or a naked bike, you should have everything: a good helmet, a pair of gloves, boots, jacket. If you only ride a scooter, wearing a good helmet is fairly enough.
  • The third thing is a helmet should fit your head properly and do not cause any uncomfort
  • A good helmet also should go with good ventilation system, good visor, good lining pad
  • Finally, don’t buy cheap helmet at less than $70

What’s else?

You also should get a motorcycle insurance to cover medical expense if worst case happen

Another thing Major James Boddy mentioned is get proper motorcycle traning, you can go to Motorcycle Safety Foundation to know more information. You can easily find a riding club or motorcycle training course near your place

Helicopter flight training – Helicopter Adventures’ program

Versatility: That’s what makes helicopters unique. Their ability to operate almost anywhere gives them the flexibility to fill a multitude of missions. And it’s versatility and flexibility that have contributed to Helicopter Adventures’ success as a fright school dedicated exclusively to helicopter flight training.

Based on Buchanan Field in Concord, California, some 45 minutes–by car–from downtown San Francisco, Helicopter Adventures is run by hands-on owners Patrick Corr, president, and Camillus Byrne, business development manager. The school’s location at Buchanan Field provides its students with a number of advantages, including the experience of operating at an airport with four runways, an FAA control tower and more than 500 based airplanes, while at the same time not being subject to the delays that are often encountered at an airport with airline traffic. The proximity of the complex airspace around San Francisco provides students with real-world radio communications practice.

Located on the east side of the Berkeley Hills, Concord is normally protected from the summer fog that plagues San Francisco, but in the winter a seasonal fog pattern affects the valley while airports at higher elevations are clear. Demonstrating its flexibility, Helicopter Adventures simply moves its operations. Right after Christmas and for the first three weeks in January, it takes most of its helicopters to Georgetown Airport in the foothills of the Sierras. In the mountains students get practice with high-altitude operations including landing practice on pinnacles, ridge lines, and in confined areas.

Helicopter training

Corr is quick to point out that the rest of the year the flying weather in Concord is very good. “From the beginning of May to the end of October we have clear blue skies every day of the week. From the beginning of November to April the weather is changeable with some rain as fronts come through but it’s always followed by two or three days of sunshine.” 

The 70 or so students enrolled at Helicopter Adventures at any given time fly a training fleet comprised of 16 Schweizer 300CBs and three Robinson R22s. “We start and finish up everyone in the Schweizer with their private and CFI,” Corr explained. “The Robinsons are available if a student wants some R22 experience to meet the requirements of SFAR 73. Of course, if they don’t, then they’re limiting their [employment] options.” (A recent Special Federal Aviation Regulation requires helicopter instructors who want to train students in Robinson helicopters to have at least 50 hours in the specific helicopter type and a total of 200 helicopter flight hours.) Students can also be trained by latest flight simulator.

The majority of Helicopter Adventures’ students are full-time and seeking careers as professional helicopter pilots. The school has been accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT) and is an Exchange Visitor Program Sponsor, so foreign students taking full-time training are eligible for a J1 visa. Under the exchange program students who have graduated may get instructor positions and stay in the United States for a total of 24 months.

Students are not required to pay in advance for their training but can pay as they go or put money on account and draw from it as they train. The hourly rate for dual VFR instruction in either the Schweizer 300CB or the Robinson R22 is $175; solo rental is $145; and instrument instruction is billed at $200 per hour. The typical cost paid by the average student using the Schweizer 300CB for the private pilot course is $8,420; the commercial pilot course is $16,180 (in addition to the private); the flight instructor rating course is $2,500; and the instrument rating program is $5,999.

A professional pilot training package (including the private pilot, mountain, instrument, external load, commercial pilot, flight instructor, and instrument instructor courses) would cost approximately $30,800. A program leading to the private and commercial certificates and flight instructor rating, “the minimum necessary to be eligible for an entry level position in the industry,” carries an approximate cost of $26,375.

Students typically fly some eight hours per week and work with the same instructor throughout their training. The major exception is for specialized courses such as the FAA-approved external load and mountain flying programs, which lead to graduation certificates and appropriate sign-offs. The 12-hour mountain flying course is priced at $2,333.50, which includes ground school, pre- and post-flight briefings, and tutored instruction; the external load course consists of 15 hours of dual in the R22 as well as ground school, briefings and tutored instruction and adds $2,940 to the bill. Abbreviated specialized courses are available for those students who don’t want to take the full courses.

For the turbine transition course, Corr said, “we’ll bring in whatever helicopter the student wants, although our preference is for the Bell JetRanger.” The cost of transition using the JetRanger is about $2,750.

According to Corr, Helicopter Adventures is enjoying boom times. “This is the best year we’ve ever had, by far,” he reported. “I think it’s because of a mixture of a general pickup in the economy and that the industry as a whole is doing well. As a result, potential students see that the job prospects are good. Another factor,” he said, “is the Schweizers. A lot of students are flying with us specifically because we have the Schweizers.”

Middle Tennessee Masters Program

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has gotten approval for its Aerospace Department’s Master of Science in Aviation Administration (MSAA) degree program. The Masters program is oriented toward management and operations and includes five core courses, supporting electives and a thesis. Students in the program are given the option of choosing either Airline/Airport Management or Aviation Asset Management. 

Internet Website Offers Survival Help

“Equipped to Survive” is a World Wide Web site (http://www.equipped.com) that offers information on survival equipment and techniques for pilots. In addition to reviews, evaluations and recommendations of brand-name survival equipment provided by journalist/specialist Doug Ritter, the site features survival schools and survival equipment providers. Equipped to Survive has sections that deal with ditching and ways to improve your odds, and recommendations on what to include in a personal survival kit.

Gulfstream Sim Avionics Upgraded

SimuFlite Training International has added the Honeywell SPZ8400 avionics system as an option for pilots training on its Gulfstream G-IV simulator. SimuFlite can change out the SPZ-8000 computers, modules, and display controllers and replace them with those of the SPZ-8400 system to configure the simulator cockpit to match that of the airplane a pilot normally flies. SimuFlite claims its G-IV simulator is the only one with the SPZ 8400 option.