Non-Towered Airport Ops Briefing

The pending closure of 149 contract control towers as a result of the FAA’s sequestration plan has brought the issue (or non-issue) of non-towered...

Keep Learning, Keep Current

All too often I see excited pilots after they've earned their license with big plans to put it to good use. Maybe they want to take...

You Can Fix Stupid

Comedian Ron White has a famous stand-up routine where he explains that modern plastic surgery can “fix” almost any perceived flaw with the human...

Choosing a Flight School

I spend a great deal of time talking with prospective students each day who are searching the area for a flight school.  Although each...

Top off the airplane fuel tanks? Maybe…

During flight training most pilots get accustomed to filling the fuel tanks all the way up before each flight. As you begin to fly larger airplanes you'll soon learn that topping off the tanks is more the exception than the norm.
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Safe isn’t enough–focus on smooth flying

We all want to be safe pilots--that's emphasized from day one of flight training, and for good reason. But after we've completed our first solo and gained some confidence, it's time to raise the standard beyond just safe flying. What your passengers will judge you on is how smooth you are.

Integrating Written Test Prep in Your Flight Training

As I’m sure you’re aware, your pilot certification is a multi-step process that will include a written testing component – similar to earning your...

Flight Training Regulations

Flight training, as you might expect, is a highly regulated activity.  Flight instructors must be trained and certificated to a specific level.  Flight schools...

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...

Airport Bums

If you're a student pilot, your lessons are probably consumed with trips to the practice area, planning cross countries and honing your pattern and...