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...

Fatigue – you may win the battle, but you can’t win the war

I was on the return leg of a two-day trip to Texas last month on a late Tuesday evening.  I had spent the entire...

A cross-country gone awry

Contributor David Booth shares a story of an eventful cross-country flight in a Robinson R44 as a student pilot in Melbourne, Australia - Ed. -- It all started...

Own your training experience

All too often during the course of training students will experience some difficulties with their instructor. These difficulties can range from something as simple...

How I hit my flight training budget within $50

Following the checkride, I totaled all the money I spent on training to discover it was $50 less than what the flight school manager had estimated at the beginning. When pilots talk about hitting the numbers, it usually refers to spot landings, but this was equally impressive.

Top 5 mistakes you WILL make during your first 250 hours

None of us are perfect. I’m probably less perfect than most, but by the grace of God or sheer luck, I’ve been fortunate enough...

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...

A Tale of Two Trips

This summer, my family and I have decided to take a number of mini-vacations centered around our enjoyment of roller coasters and amusement parks. During the month of June, we have had the opportunity to visit 2 parks outside of our home park. On one trip, we elected to use a general aviation airplane; on the other, we elected to drive our mini-van. This blog will compare those trips.

Four things most instructors won’t tell you during your training

Learning to fly is hard, challenging, nerve-racking (at times), but also a lot of fun.  When I was first taking flight lessons, my head...

Always Have an Out

I always have a plan B. Typically, when flying, I also prefer to have a plan C and D in case of an emergency...
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