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  • What's Behind The Pilot Shortage?
    At the end of February, the Government Accountability Office published a 61-page report, "Aviation Workforce: Current and Future Availability of Airline Pilots". Created in response to a request from Congress, the GAO's report investigated claims of an airline pilot shortage--either in-progress, or on its way. The report concluded that there is "mi
  • Six Unusual Jobs for Pilots
    Becoming an airline pilot takes years of dues-paying in other kinds of flying jobs to build your hours. Some of these jobs are obvious, and some are truly unusual. In this article, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology reviews six types of less well-known pilot jobs you could prepare for in flight school.
  • Were the Wrights Second?
    It's been a little over a year since the editors of Jane's All The World's Aircraft, the aviation industry's bible, caused controversy by declaring that the honor of achieving the first powered, fixed-wing flight does not belong to Orville and Wilbur Wright, as long supposed. Instead, Jane's backed the claims favoring Gustave Whitehead, a German émigré and engineer.
  • Seven Great Books About Flying
    Love to fly and love to read? You're spoiled for choice when it comes to books. Many gifted aviators have also been gifted writers. Find out how you can fuel your passion for aviation by reading about the experiences of these pilots in the following seven books.
  • Rising Stars: Celebrities with Pilot's Licenses
    Thinking of getting your pilot's license, but not sure if you can do it? Maybe it would help if you knew Han Solo already has his. That's right: Harrison Ford is a certified pilot, with single- and multi-engine ratings as well as his instrument rating. This article, presented by Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, reviews some of the many celebrities past and present who have earned their wings.
  • Should You Be an Aircraft Mechanic?
    There are many ways to be involved with the exciting world of aviation. If you can't become a pilot, you can become a mechanic and take care of the machines that make flight possible. In this article, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology reviews some of the personality traits, skills, and training you'll need to consider if you want to become an aircraft mechanic.
  • Three Crazy Early Flying Machines
    Powered human flight was built on failure as much as success. Find out about some of the early also-rans who helped shape it.
  • Five Unsolved Mysteries of Aviation
    In aviation, there are heroes, daredevils, great explorers--and mysteries. This article looks at six of aviation's most tantalizing unexplained disappearances, sightings, and scary coincidences.
  • How to Become a Certified Flight Instructor
    Are you a commercial pilot certificate holder interested in advancing your career? Consider earning your Certified Flight Instructor Rating. Becoming an FAA-approved flight instructor can add another important skill to your resume--one that employers want.
  • Aviation Medicine: Three Strange Health Effects of Flying
    Like flying? Discover 3 health effects of aviation that you need to know.
  • Should You Earn Your Pilot's License?
    Do you dream about flying? Why not make 2014 the year you turn that dream into a reality? Earning your private pilot's license is an exciting and surprisingly attainable accomplishment.
  • 13 Random Aviation Facts
    Why don't the pilot and co-pilot of a passenger jet ever eat the same meal? Read on to answer this quizzical question and twelve others.
  • Four Aircraft That Changed the World
    This article, presented by Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, looks at four aircraft that opened up new possibilities in aviation.
  • What Will I Learn in Avionics Maintenance School?
    If you're technically-minded and like working with your hands, you might want to consider pursuing a career in avionics. Begin by training with an FAA-approved school that teaches avionics maintenance. This guide gives you an overview of the skills and concepts you can learn in an avionics maintenance school.
  • The History of Spartan College
    Since its founding in 1928, Spartan College has played an important role in educating pilots and technicians for military and civilian flight needs. This article describes the key events in Spartan's long history, and its future as an aviation school for the 21st Century.
  • Five New Technologies Changing Air Travel
    There are several new technologies either in use or in development that may be changing how we fly. These technologies are making flight safer, more energy efficient, and more advanced. This article, presented by Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, looks at five interesting developments in aviation technology.
  • Five Reasons Flying Is The Safest Way To Travel
    Many people have a fear of flying, which is understandable: traveling 35,000 feet above the ground at speeds in excess of 500 miles per hour doesn't seem like it could possibly be safe. This article, presented by Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, reviews the evidence for the safety of commercial air travel.
  • What Will I Learn in Aircraft Maintenance School?
    Without mechanics, the aviation industry is grounded. Inspectors, maintenance and repair technicians all make a critical contribution to keeping pilots and passengers safely in the air. This guide, presented by Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, gives you an overview of the skills and concepts you can learn in an aircraft maintenance school.
  • Industries Changed by Aviation
    Can you think of an industry that could survive today without aviation? This article, presented by Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, looks at five industries that have been transformed or enhanced by the power of flight.
  • The Early History of Navigation
    This article, presented by Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, gives a brief introduction to the early history of the navigator's craft, which began with sailors and was passed on to aviators.
  • Common Aviation Terms
    Entering the world of aviation is like entering another country. It has its own people, its own customs---and its own language. This article provides a sample of some of aviation's most common terms, with definitions.

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