Tips and technique

Tips and technique

6 tips for preparing to fly to a new airport

One of the more exciting aspects of flight training is learning how to plan and fly to an airport outside your local training area....

The Joy of Soft Fields

Incorporated into every pilot certificate is the Practical Test Standards (PTS) mandated Soft Field Takeoff and Landing.  Unfortunately, for many students, this simple PTS...

Flight Training Frustrations

Are you sometimes frustrated in your flight training? Does it feel like the more landings or instrument approaches you practice, the worse you get? We’ve...

Airmanship

Airmanship can be defined as the ability of a pilot to properly assess the environment in which the aircraft is operating and properly managing...

Flight maneuver spotlight: forward slips

This week's flight maneuver spotlight focuses on the forward slip, a procedure you can use to increase the descent rate during the landing approach without increasing airspeed.

High Wing or Low Wing – Which Trainer Should I Choose?

“Low wing airplanes were designed by the very devil himself. How do I know this? Because birds were designed by God and he created...
iPad Screenshot

What not to miss when flight planning on the iPad

As your logbook starts to fill up and you gain experience as a pilot, you’ll soon develop a personal routine for how you plan...

Top 5 questions and answers for flying with youth

We’ve all been there.  After many months, or possibly years, of hard work, you’ve finally received your pilot’s license.  Inevitably, you will want to...
Air Traffic Control room

Question authority – and ATC

Many new pilots regard Air Traffic Controllers with a mix of respect and fear. So it's only natural that we trust them and want to follow their instructions no matter what. But as Ben Franklin famously said, "It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority."

FAA Enforcement & the Aviation Safety Reporting System

Maybe it was skirting the edge of that Class B airspace or inadvertently overflying a college football stadium within an hour of kick off. ...
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