Third Coast Aviation

Flight Training as a Title 14 CFR Part 61 flight school and aircraft acquisition, disposition & management (ADM).

Pilot training, aircraft rental and charter. We pride ourselves on first class customer service. Come and see the Third Coast difference.

Mission: We create safe and competent pilots, while providing a safe environment in our aircraft for further training.

Career Transition Funding | Third Coast Aviation LLC Third Coast Aviation announces a new career transition funding with Meritize through a new program offered by TCA and Meritize.

Career Transition Funding | Third Coast Aviation LLC

Career Transition Funding from Third Coast Aviation Third Coast Aviation announces a new career transition funding with Meritize through a new program offered by TCA and Meritize.

Another FBO is coming. Great to see The airport staff.

President George H.W. Bush flying into Ellington for the last time. R.I.P.

At abandoned Houston airport tower, artist finds the sky's the limit

Has anyone seen this installation? Or better yet, has anyone seen this while taking off or landing... Jo Ann Fleischhauer’s Sculpture Month Houston installation, which beckons viewers from the distance of a defunct control tower at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, draws attention to I.M. Pei’s architecture, the science of aviation and the history of navigation. It’s on view through Jan. 1...

One of our students, Curtis Wells and his CFI Jon Disler, were caught in mid air by Bill in his Bulldog ( Third Coast Aviation's Grumman Cheetah ( doesn't look bad in the air (thanks Bill for the beautiful picture).

A three hour flight with Justin Wayne Hagel, taking off from Ellington Airport EFD, heading to Scholes International Airport @ Galveston, and then up to Baytown Airport before catching this beautiful sight.

The history of our great state, concentrated in one place.

TCA flight operations at KLBX this Saturday - smooth as glass flight over from KEFD and beautiful here! Come out and get signed up for KLBX flight lessons today, every Thursday and Saturday.

Third Coast Aviation LLC on LinkedIn: "Howdy, I message you from our headquarters at historic Ellington Field in Houston, Texas - 100 years of aviation history right outside my window. Today aviation is in crisis - pilots desperately needed,...

We post this message from our headquarters at Ellington Airport EFD in Houston, Texas - 100 years of aviation history right outside our window. Today aviation is in crisis - pilots desperately needed, aircraft prices skyrocketing, and aviation is doing business as usual.

Third Coast Aviation is at the crossroads of THE CHANGE needed in aviation - transitioning rotocraft pilots
and others into a track towards an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license ready to start a job with regional airline carriers. To accomplish our mission, we employ professional operations management techniques from my book, "The Operational Tool Chest: The DNA to Successful Organizations".

As an investor, stay tuned for a peak at THE FUTURE of aviation...

#business #training #recruiting #texas #aviation #airlines #airforce #airports #investments

(LinkedIn version of this message: October 23, 2018: Third Coast Aviation LLC posted on LinkedIn

Pilot Shortage Hurts Airlines, But There’s a Winner

If you don't think that the world needs more pilots, think again. The best place to become a professional pilot in Houston is right here at historic Ellington Airport - home of the upcoming Wings Over Houston Airshow taking place this weekend. Airlines will struggle to find enough pilots to meet their expansion plans over the coming years. That’s a tailwind for companies that help train them.

So here’s our neighbor for awhile - a Grumman HU-16 Albatross. See the Wikipedia entry for more information, and check out the FAA registration:

A beautiful day down at our Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport office today! Not a lot of activity other than our 3 students, but lunchtime at Mr. Ou’s Runway Cafe is just getting started - anyone for a $100 burger?

Come see us in the administration office today (just getting new furniture in our office)...

Check out who came to visit Ellington Airport EFD today! No place else...

Free online training resources | Third Coast Aviation LLC

Third Coast Aviation ('TCA') ensures that our online resources provide not only descriptions of all of our services, but also provides beneficial information for current pilots and aspiring pilots. TCA provides this free online training resources post in our ongoing quest to provide the best flight training services possible. Free online training resources outside TCA King Schools, a venerable provider of flight training resources, both online and published, has a number of resources available for different activities within flight training: [ 69 more words ] Third Coast Aviation provides free online training resources, from King Schools among others, for their pilot community and students.

TCA Interview on "Houston and Beyond!" radio show | Third Coast Aviation LLC

September 30, 2018 at (Ellington Field) Houston, Texas - Third Coast Aviation (TCA) announces an interview being broadcast today at 4 PM CST on the "Houston and Beyond!" radio show with Jack Chambers. Representing TCA was Robert Rhodes, Sr. Financial Consultant, talking about current events at TCA, our flight training services, and some things to do around Houston Texas. Tune in today at 4 PM on… [ 393 more words ] Third Coast Aviation announces an interview on "Houston and Beyond!' radio show with Jack Chambers airing September 30, 2018 at 4 PM.

Designated Pilot Examiner in Houston | Third Coast Aviation LLC

For our students, we at Third Coast Aviation ('TCA') are always engaging with FAA Designated Pilot Examiner ('DPE') and scheduling check rides for our students. Houston DPE's are in high demand, so it is important to be completely ready for your oral exam and your checkride - of course, your Certified Flight Instructor's ('CFI… [ 248 more words ] Third Coast Aviation provides a list of the Houston DPE (Designated Pilot Examiner) that are available in August 2018 for oral exams and checkrides.

Flying with our newest CFI addition Nick Harwood. Down at LBX.

Airmen Medical Certification | Third Coast Aviation LLC

Since Third Coast Aviation provides flight training, each one of our students must contend with getting airmen medical certification: Airmen Medical Certification resources There are a number of good sources of information, so we won't try to reconstruct airmen medical certification sources here, but here is a list of resources that we recommend: FAA Medical Certification page AOPA's Medical Resources… [ 29 more words ] Third Coast Aviation provides information on FAA mandated airmen medical certification and provides resources for students and pilots.

Third Coast Aviation here at Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport for lessons today - Curtis Wells and Josh Whitlock are in the air. Me, I’m eating at Runway Cafe, awesome broccoli beef hot style by Mr. Ou. How do you like the paint job on this Cessna 172M and this Grumman AA-1A? Justin, the owner of the Grumman, has a 108 HP engine and is in eating but is from Pearland.

Solo flight announcement - Zach, Sean & Curtis | Third Coast Aviation LLC

The last two weeks have seen headline news from Third Coast Aviation as we are proud to do a solo flight announcement for Zachary Duncan, Sean Venable and Curtis Wells! We get to celebrate every student's endorsement to fly solo from their Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), and it shows that we are growing once again. Today we have over 33 students flying with Third Coast Aviation on a regular basis, we're adding planes (we just adding a Grumman Cheetah to our… [ 274 more words ] Third Coast Aviation is proud to do another solo flight announcement for students Zach Duncan, Sean Venable, and Curtis Wells.

Curtis Wells finishes his first solo!

Lessons going on at Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport at Third Coast Aviation offices down here - Saturday’s and Thursday’s have a couple openings each. Get on the schedule today, don’t miss out...

And oh by the way, lessons are going on simultaneously at Ellington Airport EFD as well - great day for Third Coast Aviation!

This week, three students have soloed!!!!!!! Look for pictures on our website this afternoon.

Flying this morning with Jon at KLBX, with Curtis Wells in the air right now! Classes available at Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport every Saturday - sign up now with Third Coast Aviation. Robert Boulanger, I bet you need some air time...

Robb Report

Cessna saw the largest gains over the previous year, delivering 131 planes.

WFN1 News Corporation

We spoke with @Robert Rhodes on how Third Coast Aviation is helping people realize their potential as pilots.

#aviation #flightschool

Houston and Beyond radio show regulars | Third Coast Aviation LLC

July 22, 2018 at (Ellington Field) Houston, Texas — Third Coast Aviation ("TCA") is proud to announce that we are new sponsors of the "Houston and Beyond" radio show on every Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on AM 1070 The Answer. Jack Chambers, host for the Houston and Beyond radio show, helps Houstonians explore fun activities in the Houston - The Woodlands - Sugar Land metro area, and Jack will be having our staff, our Certified Flight Instructors, and our students on the show to help others figure out what flight training can be like. [ 381 more words ] Third Coast Aviation announces its sponsorship of the Houston and Beyond radio show on AM 1070 The Answer, as well as upcoming interviews with us.

Ed Pataky captured this glimpse of the B-17 in the pattern during a training flight! for more information this specific B-17.

BTW, if you don’t have this in the air with you during your training, you might be at the wrong flight training school. Email us at [email protected] for more information....

Advanced Ground Instructor joins TCA | Third Coast Aviation LLC

Third Coast Aviation ("TCA") would like to congratulate the newest addition to the TCA family - Abinadi Milligan as an Advanced Ground Instructor! Adinadi has been a student at TCA this year and has achieved his certification as well as still working towards his CFI. Levels of Ground School Instructors There are multiple levels of ground school instructors defined by the FAA other than the Adavanced ground instructor level, which are: [ 430 more words ] Third Coast Aviation welcomes the newest addition to the TCA instructor corps - Abinadi Milligan as an Advanced Ground Instructor.

Last Saturday one of our CFI's Ed Pataky experienced an interesting sight - some water spouts on the horizon. Obviously, he high tailed it back to Third Coast Aviation at Ellington Airport but here we have the photographic proof.

Colombian military aircraft by TCA | Third Coast Aviation LLC

At Third Coast Aviation's headquarters at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas, you never know who will be neighbors. Tuesday we had some interesting aircraft that parked not more than 50 feet from our desks at our Title 14 CFR Part 61 flight training school - the Colombian Air Force! There actually was a great big hub-bub or gaggle of photographers that showed up as this was a pretty cool grouping. [ 203 more words ] Third Coast Aviation, headquartered on historic Ellington Field, was surprised by a number of Colombian military aircraft parked by our hangar.

You never know what will happen to show up by our hanger G at Ellington Field! Today it was the Columbian military. Sorry for the distortions - we took this from in our office.

Being headquartered at EFD has its fringe benefits - there are always interesting aircraft taking off and landing.  Here is an album dedicated to thise

This Blackhawk helicopter ( landed next to our offices last Saturday, June 23. I spoke to the group working with them, and they were the nicest individuals. After asking about being able to take close up photos, they did not allow those but these while they just were in the air were ok.

These were taken while I was in our offices.

Never Again: Open canopy

Always great to see someone from Sugar Land, Texas writing articles for AOPA. So does anyone know Martin Murat? He must fly out of Sugar Land Regional Airport... It's cool knowning exactly what he's talking about at Ellington Field. “You know, you can fly that plane with the canopy open,” said a fellow aero club member as we passed him on the ramp. My buddy, James, and I exchanged looks, both thinking the same thing: Awesome.

Houston flight schools listings | Third Coast Aviation LLC

Since we at Third Coast Aviation are interested in getting the general public "up in the air", we have decided to produce a list of all the Houston flight schools, Title 14 CFR Part 61 and Part 141 flight schools. Since there are additional schools started continually and schools closing, we will try to keep this list up to date. [ 504 more words ] Third Coast Aviation is interested in everyone who wants to learn to fly being able to find a one of the Houston flight schools that meets their needs. Of course, we believe Third Coast Aviation will win out most of the time.

Not flying today, horrible weather. Taking a look at another airport. Great meeting James Brown, the airport director up here. Of course everyone knows Jeff Bilyeu.

Collegiate flight schools: Help wanted

We're lucky at Third Coast Aviation to have CFI's that are interested and have been CFI's for over 20 years each. Come and see the difference! Most people dream of making it to the majors, and for pilots, that means the major airlines—Delta, United, American, and others. But in order to get to the top, pilots must build the accredited time, which often starts by flight instructing—a profession struggling to compete in today’s lucrati...

[06/16/18]   If you get a chance to visit World Of Wisdom Hourly Child Care for child care, tell them that we referred you and they will waive the $25 registration fee.

Child care during flight training options | Third Coast Aviation LLC

If you want to take flight training but you have small children who shouldn't be left alone at home, Third Coast Aviation LLC ("TCA") announces a referral agreement with World of Wisdom to provide child care while you are "in the air". World of Wisdom provides child care so close to TCA that you're within 5 minutes via car and 2 minutes via air (that's supposed to be funny)... [ 246 more words ] Third Coast Aviation announces child care options for our student pilots during their flight training with us through World of Wisdom.

Thanks to Annie Lloyd and Drew Hewitt of AT&T for the site visit.

Thanks to Eva Fernandez for capturing this behemoth lumbering down the taxi way. Quick, who knows what this big guy is? I know that Ohiana Negrete, Jon Woods, and Ed Pataky know...

Airline and Commercial Pilots : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

We thought that this was interesting information - it looks like it hasn't been updated yet for 2018 with 2017 numbers. This in conjunction with the OMB's recent report tell us that we are in the right place at the right time at Third Coast Aviation! What this report doesn't show is the massive amount of pilots retiring between 2016 and 2026. Airline and commercial pilots fly and navigate airplanes, helicopters, and other aircraft.

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