Authors Posts by Chris Clarke

Chris Clarke

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Having a childhood dream of aviation, Chris first became an Aviation Explorer, motivating him to earn his private pilot's license as a teenager. During his four years at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University he earned his commercial, multi-engine certificate with an instrument rating. While experimenting in seaplanes, gliders, and a variety of other personal aircraft, Chris developed a passion for general aviation and shares that passion as he develops aviation training apps and content for Sporty's Pilot Shop.

Video tip: how thunderstorms form

Thunderstorms have a great ability to cause aircraft damage on the ground and in flight. Even airlines take extra precaution to divert around impending convective...
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Quiz: Proper Aircraft Engine Operations

A healthy aircraft engine is obviously a critical competent for the completion of every flight, but correct operation isn't always intuitive. Many aircraft engines...

Video tip: Understanding Pilot Reports (PIREPs)

Understanding certain critical weather information only available from airborne pilot reports (PIREPs) can help you avoid potential inflight hazards like turbulence and icing. Learning about...

Flight maneuver spotlight: turns around a point

Welcome to the latest edition of the Flight Maneuver Spotlight series. Here we'll highlight the various maneuvers you'll practice during your flight training and...
landings

Quiz: Landing Techniques

While it may be true that any landing you can walk away from is a good landing, there is certainly something to be said...
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Quiz: Reading Pilot Weather Reports

Aviation weather reports are simply conditions in the atmosphere that are observed at a specific time. These reports create a snapshot for pilots to...
collision avoidance quiz

Quiz: Traffic Spotting Techniques

All pilots must maintain vigilance in order to see and avoid other aircraft. In a see-and-be-seen environment you should continuously scan all areas visible from the cockpit. But do you know the best method to accomplish this? What about at night? Take this quiz and test your ability to spot a potential traffic conflict and avoid a dangerous collision while still dividing your attention on tasks inside the airplane.
aerodynamics

Quiz: Basic Aircraft Aerodynamics

As much as it seems sometimes that airplanes fly by magic, it's important for every pilot to understand at least the basic fundamentals of...
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Quiz: Glider Flying Techniques

Glider flying is a great way to get into aviation at a young age, hone your powered flight skills or simply a way to enjoy...

Quiz: Understanding Aircraft Performance

Airplane performance can be defined as the capability of an airplane to operate effectively while serving a specific purpose.  Among the elements of performance...
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