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August 24, 2023

Airborne-Flight Training 08.24.23: JetBlue-Rotor, AF Pilot $$, CA Pilot Shortage

 Also: Allegiant Air, ALPA v ATI, Folding Knee Desk, United Airlines Pledge

JetBlue has opened up its 8th program under the "Gateway" series of initiatives, this time taking aim at military pilots of rotary-wing aircraft as a base of future company pilots. The Gateway Rotor Transition Program offers a "prescribed talent pathway" for trained military helo personnel, allowing them to "transition their existing expertise as helicopter pilots and acquire the necessary skills and certifications needed to join JetBlue as a first officer."  The US Air Force has published its 2023 Rated Officer Retention Demonstration Program, which could provide up to $50,000 a year for “select aviators” with se

Dassault Falcon 6X Gains EASA, FAA Type Certificates

Just in the Nick of Time Before the French Bizjets Start Rolling Off the Line 

The Falcon 6X is now a fully Type Certificated aircraft in both the United States and Europe, following a 2-year test campaign. Dassault was happy to put a cap on 1,500 flight hours of testing for their baby, which should see the first of its production brethren rolling off the assembly line in coming weeks. The "first extra widebody business jet" sports a 5,500-nm range and top speed of 0.90 mach, enviable numbers for the kind of clientele the high-end bizjet brand courts. 

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Embraer E195-E2 Type Certificate Granted in China

CAAC Approves Largest of the E-Jets

The biggest E-Jet of the roost, Embraer's E195-E2, has been given its Type Certificate by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), hot on the heels of its slightly smaller sibling, the E190-E2, last year. The E195-E2 can be specced out in single or tri-class seating arrangements, offering anywhere from 120 to 132 seats (or, if willing to really pack them in, 146 seats with some fairly upright furniture). The news is just another business-encouraging data point for Embraer as of late, a company who has continued to enjoy a pretty rosy outlook on the industry.

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