Tips and technique

Tips and technique

Night Visual Approaches – Deserving of a Backup

You’re in the third hour of a cross-county flight which will push your landing in to the night hours. Your destination is a first time visit and ATC instructions will require a non-standard pattern to the unfamiliar airport. Or perhaps, arriving at a pilot-controlled airport, the temptation to fly a non-standard arrival is too great due to the lack of activity at this late hour. Sound realistic or something that has happened to you ?

More Out with the Old, In with the New

In aviation, change comes slowly from the FAA and sometimes more slowly from its users. The Lifted Index Analysis / K-Index Analysis chart was a useful product in its day. It has essentially become a relic of history but this twice a day product of historical data has been replaced with faster and easier to interpret products. Find out more here.

Non-Towered Airport Ops Briefing

The pending closure of 149 contract control towers as a result of the FAA’s sequestration plan has brought the issue (or non-issue) of non-towered...

Wake Turbulence Avoidance

If you are like most students in the country, you are likely training at a smaller, pilot controlled (non-towered) airport.  There are many benefits...
Pre-flight inspection

Learning to learn (again)

Our flight school attracts students from all walks of life.  From the younger college-age students enrolled in the University of Cincinnati Clermont College Aviation...
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5 ways to give a terrible intro flight

One of the great traditions in aviation is, soon after you earn your pilot's license, to take a friend or family member up for a flight. It's a fun way to exercise your pilot-in-command privileges, gain confidence and introduce someone new to aviation. Such a flight should definitely be on your to-do list, but it should also be carefully planned.

Actual IFR

How much “actual instrument” flight time do you have? Chances are if you’re a VFR pilot, you do not have any unless it was...
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Time to Review

Earlier this week, I was talking to a few students from my Fundamentals of Instructing class about a presentation that they have to do...

Make Better Landings

Proper planning prevents poor performance.  I’m not sure who to credit with the adage, but it very much applies to consistent landings. A good landing...

Seven habits of highly effective pilots

Last week a customer of our flight school earned his Private Pilot Certificate with 44 hours of aeronautical experience. Our average is about 55 and...
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