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Video: learning how to land on an aircraft carrier

Everyone was a student pilot once, including the most seasoned Navy pilots who land on aircraft carriers in the middle of the ocean. In this video, you'll get to ride along with one such pilot, as she learns how to land the C2-A twin turboprop on the pitching deck. It's a little more complicated than landing a Cessna 172 on a long runway, but the fundamentals of pitch and power are the same.

Smart study strategies with Sporty’s 2021 Learn to Fly Course

Sporty’s courses are the ideal pilot training companion - everything you need to prepare for your written test and earn your certificate or rating,...

New webinar video: Learning to Fly – How to Get Started

Learning to fly will unlock a world of possibilities and give you unparalleled freedom to see the world. It is a truly unique experience—one...

Emergency Approach and Landing – HD Flight Maneuver Spotlight

You need to react thoughtfully and quickly in the event the engine quits or you experience an unexpected loss of power. This week's tip covers a series of memory items to complete to try to restart the engine, and then what to do if a forced landing becomes necessary.

Video: the river visual approach to DCA

While airline pilots spend a lot of time flying up high, there are a few airports that offer a great view from the flight deck of a Boeing or Airbus. This video is a great example: ride along as an A320 flies the River Visual approach into Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. The flight path follows the river, which means lots of landmarks out the left window.

FAA Hosting Virtual Aviation Safety STEM Career Symposium – April 29

If you or someone you know is a high school or middle school student who may be interested in an aviation-related career, register now...

CFI Tips: Entering the Traffic Pattern

Traffic pattern entries, especially at non-towered airports, can be confusing and even chaotic without a proper plan. Sporty's CFI, Charlie Dietz, discusses strategies to...

Here’s What’s New For Remote Pilot and Drone Operators

There were several updates released in the past week related to drone operations for Remote Pilots, including loosened restrictions for flight at night and over people, and details on the upcoming Remote ID requirement. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know and how it affects current drone operators.

Video: landing on the “USS Sedona”

Just because an airport has a 5,000-foot runway doesn't mean it's boring. In fact, Sedona, Arizona (SEZ), might be one of the most beautiful and distinctive arrivals anywhere in the US. Nicknamed the "USS Sedona" for its aircraft carrier-like runway perched atop a mesa. this jewel of the Southwest features stunning views of nearby terrain and a unique view on final approach. Ride along in this video to see what it looks like from the left seat.

Video tip: How to handle crosswinds during takeoff

When planning for takeoff, it's best to choose a runway at the departure airport that is most aligned with the wind. Unfortunately, the winds rarely blow right down the runway, so you must learn how to accomplish takeoffs and landings under crosswind conditions. This week's tip looks at the control inputs required and performance implications when performing a crosswind takeoff.