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I can help with questions about aviation disasters, aircraft operations especially general aviation and King Air information, aviation safety, and education questions on how to get into an aviation career. I can also answer general aviation questions as I am a commercial multi-engine pilot. I cannot answer questions about flight training or MBA schools in countries other than the USA or provide advice for non-US citizens interested in flight training. I cannot answer questions advising you what school to choose. I have no experience with aeronautical engineering so I cannot answer questions relating to engineering or schooling for aeronautical engineers. PLEASE don't ask me questions about any kind of engineering because it is outside my area of expertise, and I will NOT answer your question. I also cannot help you to choose a master's program for study as I do not have a master's degree in aviation. I cannot help with MBA advice.

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I have been studying aviation disasters through doing my own research and a lot of reading since I was 13 or 14 years old. I am very interested in aviation safety and also am a commercial, multi-engine pilot. I am Director of Flight Operations at a private university working in the flight training department. I also have worked as an operations manager at a small charter airline and was involved in getting the airline certificated under Part 121 rules. I was formerly a flight operations division manager for a company operating a large fleet of King Air aircraft (60) and so I have some business aviation experience as well as having flight instructed for one year after college. My operations manager job frequently involved coordinating international projects for aerial survey clients and hiring qualified pilots to fly aerial survey missions.

Education/Credentials

Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical Science with Flight Management Concentration: LeTourneau University (2004) :: Dispatch Certificate: Sheffield School of Aeronautics (2010) :: Commercial Pilot: Single and Multi Engine Land, Instrument Rating :: Flight Instructor: Single, Multi and Instrument :: Ground Instructor: Basic and Advanced

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2016-05-08 Aeroplane Tiles Design.:

Hello Prashant,  I would say that ceramic tiles would be somewhat heavy, and probably not practical for use in commercial aircraft. If installed in the United States, on a commercial aircraft, they would

2016-04-28 International commercial Airlines supporting Pets Travel.:

This depends on the individual airline. For example, Delta Air Lines does allow pets to travel in the cabin of the airplane with their owner even to some international destinations, but there are fees

2016-04-04 Food Storage and Processing Equipments in Aeroplanes.:

I'm not very familiar with use of microwave ovens in aircraft galleys, as they are called, but I do know refrigeration systems are commonly used. http://history.nasa.gov/SP-202/sess6.6.htm has an interesting

2016-01-14 Pilot Flying Licence.:

Hello,  In the USA, a pilot certificate does not expire. The pilot does have to maintain certain requirements in order to exercise the privileges of the certificate, such as completing three takeoffs and

2015-11-23 Life of a commercial aircraft.:

That really can depend on several factors. There are airliners built in the 60s & 70s that have had a lengthy life and then there are some aircraft like the later MD11s that are totally removed from service

 

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