What Your Aircraft Feels

A few years ago, at one of the local airports, there was an aircraft accident. Two guys took off in their Grumman Tiger on...

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.

Hey Y’all – Watch This! Five Ways to Scare Your Passengers Away from...

You passed your knowledge test, your medical certification and your check ride. You have your temporary pilot certificate, medical and state-issued photo identification in your pocket and it’s now time to show off by taking a spouse, friend, parent or child for a ride. The next hour will be memorable – for you and your passenger – the question is how it will be remembered?

FAA Ramp Checks – Know Your Rights

Earlier this week I witnessed something not all that common in general aviation – an FAA Ramp Check.  If you've never heard of a...

A cross-country gone awry

Contributor David Booth shares a story of an eventful cross-country flight in a Robinson R44 as a student pilot in Melbourne, Australia - Ed. -- It all started...

Trust But Verify

Trust your gauges.  Trust your gauges.  Trust your gauges.  I can still hear the chant from my instructor during my instrument training.  Even when...

Flexible Flyer

Earlier this year, I wrote about my family's plans to take a number of mini-vacations during the summer centered on our enjoyment of roller...

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...
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ATC Clearances

Even in the beginning days of learning to fly, your instructor will teach you the importance of reading a clearance back to the controller...

The two bucket theory

Many “seasoned” pilots reason a new flight student arrives for their first lesson with two buckets.  One holds the student’s flying experience, which is...