Tips and technique

Tips and technique

Kid in airplane

5 ways to give a terrible intro flight

One of the great traditions in aviation is, soon after you earn your pilot's license, to take a friend or family member up for a flight. It's a fun way to exercise your pilot-in-command privileges, gain confidence and introduce someone new to aviation. Such a flight should definitely be on your to-do list, but it should also be carefully planned.

Flight maneuver spotlight: steep turns

Welcome to our newest addition to Student Pilot News, the Flight Maneuver Spotlight series. Here we'll highlight the various maneuvers you'll practice during your flight training and be expected to demonstrate during your private pilot checkride. We're going to kick things off with Steep Turns this week.
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...

Share your aviation adventure with us

Sporty’s StudentPilotNews welcomes you to share your aviation adventures. Did you just complete a memorable first solo or checkride?  Did you experience one of those...
WINGS feature

Is WINGS the Answer?

First, I would like to say that I think that the FAA WINGS - Pilot Proficiency Program is a wonderful and valuable resource. It...

Runway braking action reports finally make sense

The FAA recently implemented a new system to help pilots better understand how snow and ice affect will affect braking on runways and taxiways, allowing both airport operators and pilots to use a standardized method to identify both the contamination type and how it will affect deceleration, braking and directional control.

Night Moves

In 1976 Bob Seger released “Night Moves”, a song about going out “parking” on a date. For those of you too young to have ever...
nearby traffic collision avoidance quiz

How to spot nearby traffic like a pro

During the early stages of flight training you'll learn that keeping an eye out the window looking for traffic is a big priority as you learn to fly the airplane. Here are 7 tips to boost your collision avoidance skills and make sure you don't mix aluminum with another airplane in the sky.
Pilot in airplane

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.

License to learn and a long cross-country

July 27, 1980.  I was lying on the wet ramp at the Morgantown WV (KMGW) airport in front of the Flight Service Station (FSS)....
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