Tips and technique

Tips and technique

Preflight Like It Matters

A thorough preflight is critical. When you learn to fly, one of the first things that your flight instructor will teach you is what to look for on the airplane before your go fly. Performing a preflight inspection of the aircraft is often one of the first things that your instructor will "solo" you on as well.
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The FAA wants you to fly more and 5 strategies to help

So the FAA wants us to fly more.  Finally, a government-sponsored excuse to get to the airport and spend more time doing what we...

The 7 deadly sins of radio communications

Nobody wants to sound bad in front of the "audience" of your fellow pilots. But there are a few things that can instantly make you sound less professional--let's call them the 7 deadly sins of radio communication. These phrases should not be in your aviation vocabulary.
landings

5 common student pilot mistakes

Learning to fly is almost like a full-time job. It requires a lot of study outside the airplane. One of the mistakes we see students making is coming to the lesson under-prepared.
Checklist

One checklist that works in every airplane

Do you fly the airplane, or is your checklist really the PIC? It may sound funny, but an awful lot of pilots are slaves to their checklists, blindly following them as if it’s a set of assembly instructions for a piece of furniture. You can and should do better.

Flight maneuver spotlight: power-off stalls

You'll learn how to intentionally stall the airplane during your flight training so that you can recognize the sights, sounds and how the controls feel as you approach critically slow airspeeds. Equally as important, you'll learn how to quickly recover in the event you inadvertently reach a stalled condition in flight.

Ask a CFI: what should I do if the engine quits in flight?

Here we're talking with Charlie Masters, a senior instructor at Sporty's, who shares his tips on how to prepare for an off-airport landing. What actions should you first take after the engine quits? How do you set up for landing in a field? Charlie has answers.

Actual IFR

How much “actual instrument” flight time do you have? Chances are if you’re a VFR pilot, you do not have any unless it was...

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...

My first passenger flight experience

After you earn your license, there’s a feeling of freedom. You’re officially allowed to soar the skies without the permission of your CFI.  With...