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.

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...

Getting My Feet Wet

“Are you ready?” asked my instructor, “Because once we start that engine we will be in constant motion until we are back on the...

A pilot looks at 60

Mother, Mother Ocean I have heard your call. Wanted to sail upon your waters Since I was three feet tall.   These words were penned by Jimmy Buffett 40...

When “It Will Never Happen to Me” Happens to You

The Case for Non-Owners Insurance You are well on your way to your first solo and you are excited about the chance to pilot your...

Breaking the Barriers, the Final 4 Obstacles to Your Flight Training

Sadly, many of the people who begin flight lessons are never able to see them through to earning a certificate. Much as the ongoing NCAA tournament that began with 68 teams is being whittled down to the final four, pilot candidates fall to the wayside for a plethora of reasons. But this article will discuss the four most common pitfalls and suggest strategies so you become a pilot rather than falling victim to these obstacles.

New Year’s Resolutions

With the New Year holiday in the rear view mirror, it is time to follow through on those resolutions like losing weight, exercising more,...

High Wing or Low Wing – Which Trainer Should I Choose?

“Low wing airplanes were designed by the very devil himself. How do I know this? Because birds were designed by God and he created...

Airmanship

Airmanship can be defined as the ability of a pilot to properly assess the environment in which the aircraft is operating and properly managing...

Logistics

Logistics We have all seen the commercials for a brown-clad air freight company touting its mastery of “Logistics.”  What does that mean and how does...

You Can Fix Stupid

Comedian Ron White has a famous stand-up routine where he explains that modern plastic surgery can “fix” almost any perceived flaw with the human...
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