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Quiz: Flying The Traffic Pattern

Sitting in the cockpit during the cruise portion of any flight may have a tendency to become monotonous. But as the destination traffic pattern approaches,...

Guide to Part 107 Drone Operations

On August 29, 2016, new operational rules become effective for routine, commercial use of small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or “drones.” It’s known as Part 107 and is viewed as an early pathway to fully integrating drones into the national airspace. The much anticipated rulemaking has been applauded by many industry trade groups and helps provide structure to what has been a somewhat chaotic environment.

The Last of the “Old Written” ATPs

Back in July of 2013, the FAA implemented a new set of rules for the multiengine ATP. July, 2014, was the last month to...

Quiz: Test Your Taxi Techniques

Moving an aircraft on the ground is a vital phase of every flight, but airplanes don't drive like a car. Certain care must be...

How to spot nearby traffic like a pro

During the early stages of flight training you'll learn that keeping an eye out the window looking for traffic is a big priority as you learn to fly the airplane. Here are 7 tips to boost your collision avoidance skills and make sure you don't mix aluminum with another airplane in the sky.

5 flight training myths

Learning to fly is one of the most fun and rewarding experiences you can have. From day one, you’ll be filled with excitement, curiosity...

Quiz: Can You Decipher An Aviation Chart?

Aviation VFR Sectional charts are chock-full of visual reference information that is important for every pilot. Runway lengths, obstacle avoidance, restricted airspace, plus much...
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8 times you should say no as a pilot

As much as we like to press the push-to-talk button and calmly proclaim "wilco," sometimes you simply have to say no - even when it's uncomfortable. It's not being lazy or being a bad pilot, it's prioritizing safety over convenience.

How I hit my flight training budget within $50

Following the checkride, I totaled all the money I spent on training to discover it was $50 less than what the flight school manager had estimated at the beginning. When pilots talk about hitting the numbers, it usually refers to spot landings, but this was equally impressive.

Quiz: Do You Know Your Airspace?

As they say, nothing is for certain except death, taxes, and airspace. Whether you fly big iron through the flight levels, or go low and...