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Bret Koebbe

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Bret is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s professional pilot program, and has been a flight instructor for over 10 years. During his time as a check airman for Sporty’s Academy, he has earned FAA Gold Seal and NAFI Master Instructor accreditations. Bret specializes in advanced avionics training, and especially enjoys working with students learning glass cockpit systems, WAAS GPS units, and iPad and Android tablets in the cockpit. He currently flies both professionally and for fun in a variety of aircraft, from Cessna Skycatchers to a Cessna Citation. Bret is also a Vice President at Sporty’s Academy, where he develops innovative new aviation training products in video, online and mobile app formats.

Flight maneuver spotlight: steep turns

Welcome to our newest addition to Student Pilot News, the Flight Maneuver Spotlight series. Here we'll highlight the various maneuvers you'll practice during your flight training and be expected to demonstrate during your private pilot checkride. We're going to kick things off with Steep Turns this week.

Runway braking action reports finally make sense

The FAA recently implemented a new system to help pilots better understand how snow and ice affect will affect braking on runways and taxiways, allowing both airport operators and pilots to use a standardized method to identify both the contamination type and how it will affect deceleration, braking and directional control.
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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.
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What not to miss when flight planning on the iPad

As your logbook starts to fill up and you gain experience as a pilot, you’ll soon develop a personal routine for how you plan...

Winter weather flying refresher

As the season transitions from fall to winter and the temperature is consistently below freezing, unique challenges are presented to pilots. Flight training doesn't need to stop in the winter though; in fact the colder months provide some great opportunities to expand your knowledge on weather and aircraft operations in less than ideal conditions.

Top off the airplane fuel tanks? Maybe…

During flight training most pilots get accustomed to filling the fuel tanks all the way up before each flight. As you begin to fly larger airplanes you'll soon learn that topping off the tanks is more the exception than the norm.

How to make sure a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) never catches you by surprise

We've been fortunate over the past few years that the number of presidential Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) has been fairly limited. That will inevitably change...

Change of Scenery

There will be days during your training when it seems tough to get excited about another lesson consisting of basic flight maneuvers. Here are some ideas to discuss with your instructor when you're looking to change up your flight lessons a bit.

How to pause, rewind and replay your flight lessons

It's no secret that the airplane cockpit doesn't provide the best classroom experience in the air. With new technology though you can easily record the audio, video and GPS flight track from each flight to better debrief with your instructor and get more out of each flight lesson.

Flight training and the iPad – webinar video

Can you use an iPad during flight training? The answer is almost always yes, but a smart pilot should understand when and how to integrate technology into the learning process. Sporty's recently hosted a webinar on the topic, which offers over an hour of tips for pilot new to the iPad.
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