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Bret Koebbe

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Bret is vice president and senior flight instructor for Sporty's Academy. In addition to Bret's teaching responsibilities, Bret leads Sporty's video production and app development team and serves as editor of the popular iPad Pilot News online journal. As an airline transport pilot, Bret is a senior captain in Sporty's corporate flight department.

Video tip: What does angle of attack really mean?

You’ve probably heard that “you can stall an airplane at any airspeed and any attitude.” It’s true, but it sure doesn’t make much sense. In our latest video tip of the week, we tackle angle of attack, a critically important but often misunderstood topic. You’ll learn what it really means, how to visualize it in flight and what the new generation of AoA gauges shows.

Video tip: iPads in the cockpit

Paper charts are now a distant memory for many pilots today as digital charts on the iPad have become the preferred method to view aviation data. This week's tip takes a look at the regulations surrounding the use of the iPad in the cockpit and how it should be used along with the traditional methods of preflight planning and navigation during your flight training.

Video tip: fun flying

Tired of the same old "turns around a point and stalls" lesson? Don't worry - it's normal. In our latest video tip, we offer a few ideas for shaking things up during flight training. Whether it's making a breakfast run or picking a new time to fly, there are plenty of ways to keep flight training fun.

Video Tip: runway safety for pilots

Aviation safety isn't just about flying. Getting around on the ground is a critical skill for pilots of any level - in fact, the most deadly aviation accident in history involved a runway incursion. In this week's tip, we share some helpful tips for understanding airport signs, asking ATC for help and using apps to prevent mistakes.

Video tip: power-off stalls

This week's new HD video tip covers a topic that all pilots need to know: power-off stalls. Learn how to do them the right way, and what effect center of gravity (CG) has on stall speed.

Smart study strategies with Sporty’s 2019 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,...

Video tip: Understanding Pilot Reports (PIREPs)

Understanding certain critical weather information only available from airborne pilot reports (PIREPs) can help you avoid potential inflight hazards like turbulence and icing. Learning about...

Video tip: secrets of VFR sectional charts

VFR sectional charts contain a wealth of information and are considered essential equipment for pilots of all skill levels. This week's tip dives into the symbols and markings used on these charts to help you get more out of the aviation data on your next flight.

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 tip: understanding Class E airspace

Unless you're flying a jet high into the flight levels, there's a good chance that the majority of your flying will take place in Class E airspace. This week's tip takes a look at the operating requirements, minimum VFR weather and how to identify Class E airspace on the sectional chart.