FAA Ramp Checks – Know Your Rights

Earlier this week I witnessed something not all that common in general aviation – an FAA Ramp Check.  If you've never heard of a...

Flying for Fun

Flight school, albeit fun, can be a real drag. I can recall fretting over the next “turns around a point” lesson for the fourth...

Going paperless with your logbook

Over the past 3 years pilots have been quickly transitioning to a paperless cockpit, using the iPad as an electronic preflight and in-flight resource....
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Mind thy airspeed

At the end of the day, is there a single skill that is most important? One that would, if mastered, have the greatest impact on your ability to fly safely? I think there are actually two, one mental and one physical.

You’ve Heard of the Pre-Flight, but what about the Post-Flight?

There’s never a good time for something to break, especially in aviation.  But things do break and airplanes do require care and service, so...

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.

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...

Logistics

Logistics We have all seen the commercials for a brown-clad air freight company touting its mastery of “Logistics.”  What does that mean and how does...

A Practical Approach to Using an iPad During Flight Training

Many students beginning their training often ask the question “is the iPad the right tool for me in my flight training?” There are many...

Log your flights with photos and video

We're all required to log our flight times and landings to prove FAA currency, but this only tells part of the story of a flight. Here you'll learn how you can record a more memorable experience from your flight by using a smartphone or portable cockpit camera to capture the sights and sounds.