What pilots should know about oxygen

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The regulations require that pilots use supplemental oxygen if…

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VFR Flight Following – a pilot’s guide

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VFR Flight Following is a service provided by ATC to participating aircraft and provides numerous benefits to both pilots and controllers. Here we will dispel some myths related to Flight Following and review how to make the request with your local approach or center controller.

From the Flight Deck Video Series: Complex Airfield Geometry

The FAA identified 7 airfield geometry configurations that most…

Density altitude dangers

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High density altitude is the ultimate thief as it robs the aircraft of engine and propeller performance resulting in increased takeoff rolls and degraded climb performance.

Video Tip: Flying in and around special use airspace

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Special use airspace includes military operations areas, prohibited areas, alert areas, warning areas, restricted areas and controlled firing areas. This week’s video tip explains how to identify their location and best practices for making sure you don’t accidentally fly into one.

Pilot Minute Video: fatigue

In this episode of the Pilot Minute video series, Federal Air Surgeon, Dr. Susan Northrup, tackles the topic of fatigue and whether it’s ok for pilots to fly even if they are just a little tired.

Items to consider before beginning your flight training

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Flight training is much different than learning how to drive a car. Yes, you will earn a certificate stating that you’re capable of operating a means of transportation, but a pilot certificate is much more nuanced and, in many cases, will take longer with a more significant time and monetary investment. Beyond time and money, there are many more elements to consider before beginning training. These are five topics that I always like to discuss with potential flight students to help build a plan for success. 
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New episodes of Sporty’s Pilot’s Discretion Podcast

Sporty’s Pilot's Discretion Podcast has new episodes available with guests that include Bruce Williams on flight sims as well as EAA Chairman Jack Pelton, discussing EAA AirVenture and the experimental aircraft boom. The informative and entertaining format features wide-ranging questions with one intriguing guest.

Slow Flight – HD Flight Maneuver Spotlight

Flying an airplane just above the stall speed in the slow flight configuration will teach you a lot about the handling characteristics and controllability at low speeds, which is a critical step in the development of your flying skills during flight training.