Authors Posts by Charlie Masters

Charlie Masters

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Charlie is the Flight School Manager at Sporty's Academy, CFI and experienced GA pilot. You'll often find him flying a yellow Cub low over the Kentucky hills.

Seven habits of highly effective pilots

Last week a customer of our flight school earned his Private Pilot Certificate with 44 hours of aeronautical experience. Our average is about 55 and...
Pre-flight inspection

Learning to learn (again)

Our flight school attracts students from all walks of life.  From the younger college-age students enrolled in the University of Cincinnati Clermont College Aviation...

Night Moves

In 1976 Bob Seger released “Night Moves”, a song about going out “parking” on a date. For those of you too young to have ever...

License to learn and a long cross-country

July 27, 1980.  I was lying on the wet ramp at the Morgantown WV (KMGW) airport in front of the Flight Service Station (FSS)....

Flying IFR – I follow rivers, roads and rails

In 1998 my Christmas present from my wife Rose Ann was a Magellan hand-held GPS.  It was a navigational miracle in a box not...

Corralling the crosswind

“Sporty’s Clermont County Airport, automated weather observation, 1823 Zulu weather, winds 310 at 13 peak gust 19…wind direction variable 230, 360…” I was turning...

720 Miles at 1,000 Feet

And the winner is... I belonged to a motorcycle club called the RATS (Rambunctious, Adventuresome, Two-Wheeled Scalawags) which bestows various awards to their members.  One...

Hey Y’all – Watch This! Five Ways to Scare Your Passengers Away from...

You passed your knowledge test, your medical certification and your check ride. You have your temporary pilot certificate, medical and state-issued photo identification in your pocket and it’s now time to show off by taking a spouse, friend, parent or child for a ride. The next hour will be memorable – for you and your passenger – the question is how it will be remembered?

The two bucket theory

Many “seasoned” pilots reason a new flight student arrives for their first lesson with two buckets.  One holds the student’s flying experience, which is...

Ode to General Aviation

Twas the day after Christmas and snow covered the land. We needed to put our toes in some water, our butts in some sand. We drove...
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