Tips and technique

Tips and technique

Back to Basics – Weight and Balance

A recent news story told the tale of an aircraft accident where six adults had loaded themselves into a single engine Piper and taken...

Confidence on the radio is all about listening

For me, learning how to talk on the radio was a difficult element of my training. And I know from talking to other pilots,...
Pilot talking on radio

How to improve your pilot communication skills

Learning how to talk on the radio is important, but many pilots spend far too much time stressing about it. Improving your communication skills is mostly about feeling comfortable and confident. So how do you feel more confident on the radio? There’s not substitute for practice and experience, but there are some habits that can accelerate that process.

Use your iPad to simplify taxiing at large airports

Learning to move around on the ground at large airports with complex runway and taxiway layouts can at first be intimidating, but with proper preparation and some help from the mobile apps like ForeFlight, you'll find that it's really not that difficult to monitor your position and find your way to the runway or parking.

How to master steep turns

Steep turns were my nemesis. While I didn’t fail an exam as a result, it was clearly a weak maneuver within my repertoire. Never...

How to survive checkride day

It’s here! It’s finally here. Checkride day. The opportunity to shine. The end of a chapter in your aviation journey filled with triumphs, yet...
GFA Clouds

Still More Out with the Old, In with the New

Over the last few years, I have written a couple of posts about the demise of old weather products and the introduction of their...
Slow flight from cockpit

Pitch or power? The answer is both!

"Pitch for airspeed; power for altitude." This is a oft-repeated phrase in initial training, but it confuses as many pilots as it helps. What does it really mean? Does it tell the whole story? Maybe not. The best pilots understand the complex relationship between pitch and power, and use both tools to fly smoothly and safely.

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Despite an industry that has been plagued by bankruptcies, mergers and furloughs, the airline industry is in the midst of the biggest surge in...

The first and last time I skipped the preflight checklist

"Lunken tower, this is Cessna Eight Eight Uniform, our windshield is covered with oil, we're returning for immediate landing." I'll never forget making that radio call 14 years ago, and today I can still visualize the oil-soaked windshield as vividly as the day it happened. Even more memorable is how one small, easily-preventable oversight led to this in-flight emergency.