Increasingly applicants for airline jobs are being asked if they have glass time. The use of GPS and "TV screen" instruments, electronic flight bags are more an more common in all aspects of aviation. To ensure that Guthrie Aviation students are able to operate in this enviroment effortlessly and that they have the skills and experiance to suceed, Guthrie Aviation has invested in Zimbabwes first all glass trainer. Fitted with the latest Garmin 500 PFD and 650 gps students will be exposed to the modern avionics world from the beginning, ensuring they have no difficulties in the future and are not looked over in interviews .
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As part of our ongoing safety managment and quality assurance program we have implemented satellight tracking on our aircraft. While enabling us to ensure that our aircraft are operated in accordance with our standard operating procedures it has also given us the ability to rapidly locate our aircraft in the event of an emergency. Pilots are also able to raise attention and communicate with the flight operations department through the use of standard "Mark" messages ensuring that you are never alone even if there is no radio or cell phone signal.
Our students are only a press of a button away from getting assistance should the need arise, and instructors are able to follow their students flights in real time ensuring that all the flight objectives were accomplished.
As clients with passengers on our flights you have access to live tracking, although with less detail, you will be able to see where your flight is and when your guests may be expected to arrive.
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In 2009 the satellites monitoring the international VHF distress frequency of 121.5Mhz on which the aircraft emergency locator beacons (ELBA / ELT) operate were upgraded to 406Mhz. This meant that only land based air traffic service units and other aircraft were monitoring 121.5Mhz. As reception is strictly line of sight it is difficult to locate aircraft and effect a rescue, often requirng large search parties and long periods of time. The implemented satellite system allows the pilot to raise the alarm as soon as it becomes necessary, the aircraft is then monitored continuosly and key personal alerted via phone, sms, and email.
The pictures above show the track of a test SOS carried out recently and the satellite trackers user panel - the aircraft is seen making a simulated forced landing at an airfield before climbing out and returning to base.
The key personal were alerted before the aircraft approached the field approximately 1 minute after the alarm was raised and were able to track the flight on their mobile phones.