Personal stories

Personal stories

ATC controller

ATC Clearances

Even in the beginning days of learning to fly, your instructor will teach you the importance of reading a clearance back to the controller...

FAA proposal could eliminate critical forecast information

Voice your opinion now to stop the elimination of Area Forecasts   The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), has...

The art of cross country travel by light airplane

As student pilots and newly-minted private pilots, we spend most of our time in the traffic pattern or the practice area. It's all about the process, not enjoying the ride or the destination. But once you earn your license, it's critical to throw off those shackles, get out and travel!

Move over gauges, here comes the iPad

A mere 10 years ago, aircraft were still being manufactured with round (traditional) gauges originally designed for steam engines.  Think about the technology in...
CFI in cockpit

Tough flight instructors are worth it… most of the time

Tough instructors go beyond FAA standards and deeper than the textbook to teach you things that really matter, in ways that make an indelible impression. Over the years, I’ve had a few right seat companions who deserve the adjective “tough,” but in looking back over those lessons I'm glad I had them.
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...

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...

Trust But Verify

Trust your gauges.  Trust your gauges.  Trust your gauges.  I can still hear the chant from my instructor during my instrument training.  Even when...

Was this really the day?

  When I accomplished my solo, the wind was a direct crosswind at 10 knots - maybe a little much for my first solo. I...

Giving Back to Aviation

You may know Sean D. Tucker as one of the best air show pilots in the business, but did you also know that he is the current Young Eagles Chairman? Sean has held this title since AirVenture 2013 when he took over from Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles. Only a few people have held this title over the years and Sean is as hard working as they come.
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