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Charlie Masters

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Charlie is the Flight School Manager at Sporty's Academy, CFI and experienced GA pilot. You'll often find him flying a yellow Cub low over the Kentucky hills.

Good enough

Perfection – our goal as we complete life’s tasks.  While perfection is a goal, it is unlikely to be the result of our labors.  At some point in time, we decide those efforts, though not perfect, are “good enough” and move on to our next endeavor.  But how do we determine what is good enough? 

Giving back – a fun day at the airport

Like many of you, my flying has been on a hiatus for the past few weeks. Due to the government-ordered shut down of many...

A Brief History of the World (of Aviation)

The Beginning October 12, 1492.  July 4, 1776.  July 20, 1969.  Christopher Columbus’s discovery of America, Thomas Jefferson’s announcement of the Declaration of Independence and...

Magic carpet rides

On June 19, 2019 we departed Lake Hood’s (PALH) 2,200 foot long gravel runway in Skyhawk 12138 rented from Arctic Flyers and Alaska became...

Video: understanding pilot slang, from roger to wilco

What's the difference between roger and wilco? What does "5x5" mean? What phrase should you never utter on the radio? Join Sporty's senior flight instructor Charlie Masters for a light-hearted review of some common pilot slang. At the very least, you'll be able to keep up with your fellow pilots at the next hangar flying session.

Closed for the season: how to navigate the partial government shutdown

While the initial government shutdown has ended and most services restored, another shutdown looms and the following article will help you navigate the affected...

Ask a CFI: what should I do if the engine quits in flight?

Here we're talking with Charlie Masters, a senior instructor at Sporty's, who shares his tips on how to prepare for an off-airport landing. What actions should you first take after the engine quits? How do you set up for landing in a field? Charlie has answers.

Fly until the map turns blue…and then some – Part II

"Take the Aztec to Nevis,” Sporty’s Founder/Chairman, Hal Shevers, stated last fall. We took this statement seriously because it is fully in line with...

Fly until the map turns blue…and then some

A February trip to Nevis in the West Indies would present the opportunity try some products and escape the Ohio Valley winter. This is the first of three installments about our adventure in Sporty’s iconic 1963 Piper Aztec. Follow along on our Caribbean adventure and start planning your own.

Chasing the shadow

The eclipse was scheduled to begin in Gallatin about 1:00 PM EDT, but wanting to ensure a good viewing spot Michael and I, along with our families, loaded into N702SP with our eclipse glasses in-hand early that morning for the hour and a half flight to Sumner County.