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Quiz: Test Your Taxi Techniques

Moving an aircraft on the ground is a vital phase of every flight, but airplanes don't drive like a car. Certain care must be...

Friday photo: Malena Modirzadeh private pilot checkride

On January 15, 2018 after an intense 4 hours of oral examination and 2 hours of flight examination, I earned my wings! This accomplishment marks the beginning of an amazing journey in aviation. I'm halfway through the challenging, but fun, instrument flying now.

Confidence on the radio is all about listening

For me, learning how to talk on the radio was a difficult element of my training. And I know from talking to other pilots,...

FAA announces complex aircraft change

As you may have heard, earlier this week the FAA announced a policy change that went into effect on Tuesday, 4/26/2018, which eliminates the...

Video: flying a 1941 Piper J-3 Cub

The J-3 Cub has a legendary reputation among pilots - it taught thousands to fly in the 1940s, and it's still a fun way to get in the air today. In this video, you'll first fly in a Piper to a beautiful airport with a grass runway (the modern way to fly). Then go flying in a 1941 Cub (the classic way to fly). Oh yeah, the Cub window is open of course!

Friday photo: Michael Gibbs first solo flight

The moment: 20th anniversary of first solo flight The pilot: Michael Gibbs (left) The place: Phoenix Deer Valley Airport, Phoenix, AZ (KDVT) The aircraft: Cessna 150 The memory: when I first...
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How to improve your pilot communication skills

Learning how to talk on the radio is important, but many pilots spend far too much time stressing about it. Improving your communication skills is mostly about feeling comfortable and confident. So how do you feel more confident on the radio? There’s not substitute for practice and experience, but there are some habits that can accelerate that process.

Video: backcountry flying in Alaska

Alaska offers an endless range of flying adventures, from seaplanes on mountain lakes to taildraggers on gravel riverbeds. In this stunning video, you'll go flying with a group of pilots in a variety of airplanes to see the beauty of the last frontier. It requires skill and practice, but definitely no flight plans or type ratings!
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Quiz: Seaplane Skills Challenge

So you’ve mastered the art of flying a land-based airplane and want to advance your skills. Or maybe you’re a long time floatplane jockey and want to confirm your time-tested knowledge. Even if you’ve never set foot in an airplane, get your feet wet and take our quiz to see how you measure up on what it takes to be the pilot-in-command of a seaplane.

Friday Photo: Paul Adams instrument helicopter checkride

The moment: Instrument Helicopter Checkride The pilot: Paul Adams (left) The place: Fleming Field, South Saint Paul Airport, MN (KSGS) The aircraft: Robinson R-44 The memory: Taking advantage of Post...