Pilot’s guide to ATP certification

The demand for professional pilots has never been greater. Airline pilot requirements and mandatory retirements have significantly impacted the pool of eligible candidates and, in...

Understanding Aircraft Maintenance Regulations

In aviation we often use memory aids to help us remember the ever growing list of items a pilot should know.  This can include...

New ATP Certification Requirements: A Pilot’s Guide

Airline pilots are required to possess an ATP.Part of the sweeping regulatory changes in the aftermath of the tragic accident near Buffalo, New York,...

Pilots Guide to BasicMed

If you’ve held a valid medical certificate at any point after July 14, 2006, you may never have to see an Aviation Medical Examiner...

FAA announces complex aircraft change

As you may have heard, earlier this week the FAA announced a policy change that went into effect on Tuesday, 4/26/2018, which eliminates the...

Defining Night

Perhaps only in aviation could we come up with three different, and sometimes confusing, definitions for the same word, Night.  These three definitions are...

Guide to Part 107 Drone Operations

On August 29, 2016, new operational rules become effective for routine, commercial use of small, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or “drones.” It’s known as Part 107 and is viewed as an early pathway to fully integrating drones into the national airspace. The much anticipated rulemaking has been applauded by many industry trade groups and helps provide structure to what has been a somewhat chaotic environment.

What’s Up with the Student Pilot Certificate?

In the middle of January, stories began to trickle out that the FAA had published a new set of rules about changes to the student pilot certificate. With an implementation date indicated as April 1st, 2016, and no notice that we could recall here at Sporty's Academy, we thought that it might be an April Fools prank. It was few days later that the notice of a final rule finally appeared on the FAA's Recently Published Rulemaking site and we found out that it was true.
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Common Aircraft Fuel Myths

There are a number of fuel related myths and misrepresentations floating around the general aviation industry. While I can't touch them all, I hope to provide some enlightenment around a couple of them in this post.

FAA medical insights

I don’t possess the medical qualifications or post-nominals to say with certainty that we’re an over-medicated society. But what I can say is that the...