Turbine Training Center Blog for Cessna 208 Caravan & Beechcraft King Air pilots
Since virtually the dawning of time, man, and boys!, have wanted to fly. The Greek mythological characters Daedalus and his son, Icarus, reflect that fact. You know the story - - after being imprisoned by King Minos of Crete, Daedalus crafts wings of feathers and wax so he and his son could escape and Icarus became so enthralled with flying that he disobeyed his father’s warning about flying too close to the sun. As a result, the wax on his wings melted and he plummeted to his death in the sea.
“Well,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, advised, “feathers and wax won’t get you airborne these days. But,” he went on, “if you are a young person that yearns to fly for a living, there is no doubt that TURBINE TRAINING can help you make that a dream a reality.”
There are many activities in life where we find ourselves doing only the bare minimum of something because we are mandated to so, without realizing what motivation for that activity should really be. One example of this is the purchasing of insurance. Another, unfortunately, can pretty apt revolve around Pilot Training. That’s why we have opted to discuss EXPERT PILOTS AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING.
“There have been numerous studies done,” Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared “that have shown that the number one factor that makes a pilot an ‘expert pilot’ is their ability to process information and respond to it. And,” he continued, “the two things that improve this capability is experience and training.”
For the longest time there were several sets of statistics that pretty much ran the course:
- High School Drop Out Rate
- Divorce Rate
- Tax Fraud Rate
- Crashes due to Pilot Error Rate
“From what I can tell,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared, “the first three are pretty much still holding steady. However,” he continued, “that last one has been decreasing quite considerably over the past two decades or so.”
With the current glut of “Alaska Oriented’ programming on a multitude of cable networks, the idea of THE LAST FRONTIER (actually the name of one of the shows!) strikes a chord of adventure in all of us, making us ponder if we should seek feats of “daring do,” to carve our names on the canvas of Alaska’s wilderness! The one thing you will note on many of these shows is the impact that aviation, particularly General Aviation, has on Alaska even to this day!
“When you think of Aviation Pioneers,” Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared somewhat philosophically, “many of the more prominent ones may very well be some of the Alaska Aviation Legends that brought Alaskan Aviation to where it is now.”
If you are into astronomical numbers here’s one you will probably like: An US aircraft company recently announced that somewhere in the neighborhood of 533,000 new commercial pilots will be needed worldwide in the next two decades. The intriguing part of this is the fact that though the number is great, a young person can start paving the road to success as a pilot today. And, though it might not be realized, there is no “gender restrictions” as to who can fill those positions.
“After a little research,” Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared, “I discovered that the total number of women globally employed as airline pilots is somewhere in the neighborhood of only four percent.”
The reason this is so is probably due to the fact that, in many instances, pilot careers are still considered to be out of the reach of women. The truth of the matter, however, is that nothing could be further from the truth.
For those who are drawn to the cockpit like a moth to a flame it is well known that the thrill of the experience is more than enough to outweigh what might be considered the “hazards” of that pursuit.
“One of the areas that we emphasize when we conduct our Cessna 208 Training,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas shared, “is that pilots need to be acutely aware of the special health considerations that they face - - especially if they fly frequently.”
While there are many people who might believe that there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, there are others who actually take great joy in experiencing the exhilaration of skydiving.
“Actually,” Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, “when we conduct our CARAVAN Training and our King Air 90 Training we advise our students that both work extremely well as skydiving craft.”