Tips and technique

Tips and technique

Sporty’s CFI Tips: Entering the Traffic Pattern

Traffic pattern entries, especially at non-towered airports, can be confusing and even chaotic without a proper plan. Sporty's CFI, Charlie Dietz, discusses strategies to...

Here’s What’s New For Remote Pilot and Drone Operators

There were several updates released in the past week related to drone operations for Remote Pilots, including loosened restrictions for flight at night and over people, and details on the upcoming Remote ID requirement. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know and how it affects current drone operators.

Video tip: How to handle crosswinds during takeoff

When planning for takeoff, it's best to choose a runway at the departure airport that is most aligned with the wind. Unfortunately, the winds rarely blow right down the runway, so you must learn how to accomplish takeoffs and landings under crosswind conditions. This week's tip looks at the control inputs required and performance implications when performing a crosswind takeoff.

A pilot’s guide to fuel testers

One of the many pre-flight tasks pilots perform on their aircraft involves fuel, and it’s not just confirming you have enough fuel for your...

FAA releases new advisory circular – Pilot’s Guide to a Preflight Briefing

The FAA has released a new Advisory Circular (AC) titled Pilot’s Guide to a Preflight Briefing to provide guidance in developing a thoughtful plan...

You’re only as good as your endorsements

As a newly minted student pilot, you’ll naturally rely on your flight instructor to lead the process of becoming a pilot. You’ll entrust this...

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.

CFI Tips: Go-Arounds

Pilots are often too reluctant to execute go-arounds and because they aren't practiced regularly, pilots frequently make mistakes in performing the maneuvers. Hear more...

Rolling Out the Weather Cameras

Technology can be a wonderful thing. Improvements have made great strides toward better and more complete information with the potential to improve aviation safety. There...

CFI Tips: ATC Communication

Many students, and even experienced pilots, experience some trepidation in interacting with ATC. After all, we want to get it right and sound like...