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Chris Clarke

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Having a childhood dream of aviation, Chris first became an Aviation Explorer, motivating him to earn his private pilot's license as a teenager. During his four years at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University he earned his commercial, multi-engine certificate with an instrument rating. While experimenting in seaplanes, gliders, and a variety of other personal aircraft, Chris developed a passion for general aviation and shares that passion as he develops aviation training apps and content for Sporty's Pilot Shop.
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Quiz: Glider Flying Techniques

Glider flying is a great way to get into aviation at a young age, hone your powered flight skills or simply a way to enjoy...

Quiz: Understanding Aircraft Performance

Airplane performance can be defined as the capability of an airplane to operate effectively while serving a specific purpose.  Among the elements of performance...

Quiz: Cold Weather Operations

As winter sets in, it's more important than ever to understand how the cold weather will not only affect the aircraft performance but also...

Sporty’s Pilot Training Course Is A Valuable Tool For Flight Instructors

Sporty’s Pilot Training course is the go-to product in self study flight training for pilots of all levels. Continuous updates to the platform have...
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Quiz: Landing Techniques

While it may be true that any landing you can walk away from is a good landing, there is certainly something to be said...
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Quiz: Traffic Spotting Techniques

All pilots must maintain vigilance in order to see and avoid other aircraft. In a see-and-be-seen environment you should continuously scan all areas visible from the cockpit. But do you know the best method to accomplish this? What about at night? Take this quiz and test your ability to spot a potential traffic conflict and avoid a dangerous collision.

Quiz: Can You Decipher An Aviation Chart?

An aviation VFR Sectional chart is chock-full of visual reference information that is important for every pilot. Runway lengths, obstacle avoidance, restricted airspace, plus much...
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Quiz: Aircraft Engine Mixture Control

For some student pilots the mixture control is a thing of mystery. It gets pulled out to shut off the engine, so let's just...
Traffic Pattern

Quiz: Flying The Traffic Pattern

Sitting in the cockpit during the cruise portion of any flight may have a tendency to become monotonous. But as the destination traffic pattern approaches,...

Video tip: how thunderstorms form

Thunderstorms have a great ability to cause aircraft damage on the ground and in flight. Even airlines take extra precaution to divert around impending convective...