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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: 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...

Hands-on with Sporty’s new 2018 Learn to Fly Course

Sporty's has introduced some major upgrades to its award-winning Learn to Fly Course, including an all-new iOS app, new video segments, CFI tracking, and much more. Here's a look at all the new features.
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Quiz: Mastering The Airplane Pitot-Static System

The pitot-static system provides valuable flight information to the pilot. But how does it work and what instruments are affected? Take this quiz to...
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Quiz: Essential Flight Planning Skills

Winds aloft, true course, heading and groundspeed. Can you put all the puzzle pieces together and plan a successful cross-country flight? Use this quiz to test...
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Quiz: Basic Aircraft Aerodynamics

As much as it seems sometimes that airplanes fly by magic, it's important for every pilot to understand at least the basic fundamentals of...
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Quiz: Aircraft Weight and Balance

Weight and balance is a critical element that every pilot must reconcile before each flight. Many of the performance, handling and structural characteristics of...
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Quiz: Proper Aircraft Engine Operations

A healthy aircraft engine is obviously a critical competent for the completion of every flight, but correct operation isn't always intuitive. Many aircraft engines...

Flight maneuver spotlight: turns around a point

Welcome to the latest edition of the Flight Maneuver Spotlight series. Here we'll highlight the various maneuvers you'll practice during your flight training and...
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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: Reading Pilot Weather Reports

Aviation weather reports are simply conditions in the atmosphere that are observed at a specific time. These reports create a snapshot for pilots to...