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January 29, 2014 - Black Sky Training Receives FAA Approval for 5 New Courses

On January 22, 2014, FAA/AST approved 5 courses for Black Sky Training. The addition of these courses to the BST’s first ever FAA approved space flight training course, High Altitude Physiology, given in BST’s Hypobaric Chamber, fulfills BST’s offering for the Space Flight Participant Series.

These revolutionary courses allow BST to offer FAA approved courses to train as commercial astronauts for not only Space Flight Participants, but to those wanting to become pilots of rocket powered RLV spacecraft and to any licensed pilot wanting to hone or advance their skills.

BST’s “modular” approach to training allows students to select courses from a 3-day package, a 5 day package or the complete 8 day course. The 8 day course is intended for those wishing to “Learn to fly to the Black SkyTM” with one of the sub-orbital or future orbital flight providers. This is the only flexible training program in the world, and now with FAA approval, exceeds most providers training requirements.

BST is excited to continue moving forward with course offerings and programs designed specifically with Commercial Space travel in mind. Training for safety, educating for funTM.

March 28, 2013 - FAA/AST affirms commitment to safety with first ever course approval

Today the FAA awarded Black Sky Training the first ever safety approval for space training. This signals that the FAA/AST continues the commitment to safety for the flying public that began in 1958. “The flying public has come to expect the highest level of safety for its passengers, and training for the men and women whose job it is to transport passengers to and from their destinations. By establishing a standard protocol for training of the flying public and flight crews, they [the FAA/AST] have signaled the burgeoning space flight industry that nothing but the highest safety standards are to be provided to the passengers.”

Black Sky Chairman George Tyson went on to say “We continue with our philosophy of ‘train and train the right way’ by having several ground courses, as well as the flight courses currently in the approval process. “

Spokesman David Allen confirmed that Black Sky Training was working on course offerings that number well into the double digits, “we set out, at inception, to be the leaders in Space Flight Training, whether it is for the participants, flight crew, or pilots. And with this approval, and the pending courses, we are well on our way to fulfilling our goal of multiple training programs at multiple sites.”

September 20, 2012 - Oviedo,FL. - Black Sky Training is proud to announce the addition of Starr Aviation Insurance to its list of aviation insurance companies offering discounts to BST alumni. General Aviation pilots completing Black Sky Training’s Scenario Based Physiology Training will now qualify for a discount on their premiums. BST’s Scenario Based Physiology training allows the pilot to experience the symptoms and warning signs of hypoxia while flying in the safety of a hypobaric chamber. The Scenario Based Physiology course qualifies for inclusion in a pilots log book meeting the requirements of 14 CFR 61.31(g)(1). BST’s Master CFIs and AGIs provide the highest level of training to recognize and react to the potentially deadly effects of slow onset hypoxia for pilots and crew.

Starr Aviation has joined the growing list of insurance companies offering discounts to Black Sky Training students.

August 7, 2012 - Oviedo,FL – Black Sky Training announced today that they will begin offering a specialized series of courses for General Aviation pilots. This series is intended to fill the need for ongoing training as outlined by the FAA and NTSB at this year’s AirVenture at Oshkosh, Wis.

July 24, 2012 - Oviedo, FL – Black Sky Training announced today that it has begun to build its rocket powered flight trainer. After 6 years in development, BST’s pilot training course for rocket powered flight has been reviewed by the FAA and is now awaiting the prototype, and airworthiness certification to allow BST to receive a required Letter Of Deviation Authority. The LODA will allow BST to train student pilots for flight on board a rocket powered aircraft. The vehicle combined with an approved TCO is the linchpin in a rocket powered type rating.

April 13, 2012 - OCP/ Black Sky Training in conjunction with its training partner Dr. Paul Buza, a recognized expert in both DCI and hypobaric hypoxia, announced today that they have begun a study into the effects of hypobaric hypoxia on people taking neuro-psychiatric prescriptions. This study will determine if there is any change the patient’s physiological and psychological profile during high altitude flight.

April 2, 2012 - The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Orbital Commerce Project (OCP). The purpose of the agreement is “to promote safety in the Commercial Human Spaceflight industry through excellence in training and education.”


Reference

Human Space Flight Requirements for Crew and Space Flight Participants; Final Rule - In this final rule, the FAA changes parts 401, 415, 431, 435 and 440 of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations and establishes a new part 460 in response to the CSLAA’s requirement to issue regulations governing crew and space flight participant, by June 23, 2006.

Safety Approvals; Final Rule - This part establishes procedures for obtaining a safety approval and renewing and transferring an existing safety approval. Safety approvals issued under this part may be used to support the application review for one or more launch or reentry license requests under other parts of this chapter.

Space Tourism Market Study 2002 - In this report, Futron Corporation, the industry leader in forecasting space-related markets, provides powerful insight into the public space travel (space tourism) market. The insight is provided via the presentation of an objective and quantitative picture of the current and future demand for the suborbital space travel market.

Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicles and Emerging Markets 2005 - The Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicles (SRLV) and Emerging Markets report provides the first comprehensive assessment by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST) of the commercial suborbital reusable launch industry in the United States.