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Sporty’s webinar – surviving the checkride – an examiner panel discussion

Preparing can be stressful, but taking a checkride doesn’t have to be. Understanding what to expect in your oral and practical, and how to...

Friday photo: Steve Hicks first solo

  The moment: Private pilot checkride The pilot: Steve Hicks (left) with DPE Bill Rourke The place: Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field, Atlanta, GA (KFFC) The aircraft: Diamond DA20 The memory: "passed my...

The virtues of competition and a challenging flight home

The competition I had the distinct pleasure of representing Sporty’s at the 2018 National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) annual flight competition–SAFECON. With nearly 30 schools...

Video: checking out in a T-6

It's one of the most popular trainers of the World War II era, and it has a well-deserved reputation for being the "pilot maker." Join FlightChops as he checks out in the T-6. You'll see the demanding tailwheel airplane from the pilot's view, and see why a good T-6 pilot is always on his toes.

Turns Around a Point – HD Flight Maneuver Spotlight

Ground reference maneuvers provide the opportunity to refine your flying skills by learning to fly the airplane over a predetermined path over the ground while compensating for the effects of the wind.

Friday photo: Dan Brucker first solo

The moment: First Solo The pilot: Dan Brucker (left) The place: Central Illinois Regional Airport, Bloomington, IL (KBMI) The aircraft: Cessna 172S Skyhawk The memory: Finally a calm day after what...

Back to Basics – Weight and Balance

A recent news story told the tale of an aircraft accident where six adults had loaded themselves into a single engine Piper and taken...

Video: flying a Breezy around Hawaii

Flying anything around Hawaii is memorable, but an open cockpit Breezy makes it utterly unforgettable. This beautiful video takes you along for the ride, soaring over the blue water below and looking up at the cliffs of Kauai. It may not be a Cessna, but it sure is fun - and sandals are encouraged!

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.