Authors Posts by John Zimmerman

John Zimmerman

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John knows how lucky he is to go to work every day at an airport. As Vice President of Sporty’s Pilot Shop’s Catalog Division, he says, “I get to hang around airplanes all the time, flying regularly and testing new products for the catalog.” Coming from an aviation family, John grew up in the back of small airplanes and learned to fly as a teenager. Ever since, he has been hooked on anything with wings and regularly flies a Citabria, a Pilatus PC-12 and a Robinson R44 helicopter. Despite his love of low and slow flight, John says, “I love the challenge of IFR flying in the system. Seeing the runway lights as you break out on approach is a thrill.”
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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.

Finding a smooth ride – 5 things to look for

As a student pilot, my flight instructor spent a lot of time teaching me how to fly safely. But as I started flying cross-countries as a private pilot, I realized I had never really learned how to fly comfortably. Here are 5 things to look for as you seek out that smooth ride.
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Using Lightspeed’s FlightLink app for training

Communications is one of the subjects that causes the most stress among student pilots. There's nothing worse than pressing the push to talk button and not knowing what to say, or hearing a long Air Traffic Control (ATC) clearance and replying with "say again." There's no substitute for practice, but some technology can help.
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Quiz: Brush Up On Communications

How much do you know about communications, ATC clearances and non-towered airports? Take our quiz to find out.

What’s new in Sporty’s flight training apps

Like the EFB apps from ForeFlight and Garmin, Sporty's flight training apps are continuously updated with new content and features to take advantage of the latest iOS capabilities and devices. Let's take a look at what's new here.

Drone webinar video explains what UAS are all about

One of the hottest segments of aviation right now involves Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly called drones. Whether for fun, for agriculture or for first responders, there have never been more uses or more aircraft available. To demystify this growing field, Sporty's recently hosted a webinar called, "So you want to fly drones."

Quiz: How Much Basic Weather Theory Do You Know?

Weather is something every pilot has to deal with. How much do you know about the basics of Mother Nature, like fronts, dewpoints and stability? Take our quiz to find out.

Choosing the right headset

Buying an aviation headset is a surprisingly personal decision. There is no “right answer” for every pilot – it depends on the type of flying you do, what airplane you fly most often and your personal preferences. Here are a few things to consider as you compare models.
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The one tip that finally helped me land better

Making great landings consistently is easier said than done, and it's easy to fall for the latest "miracle cure." I won't offer any of those, because good landings result more from practice, discipline and hard work than quick fixes. But sometimes the right visualization is the key: if you can truly understand all the interrelated events that happen during landing, it's easier to make the correct control inputs.

Video: why learn to fly?

Watch our free 4-part video series on learning to fly. First, why you should learn to fly.
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