Tips and technique

Tips and technique

How to file VFR Flight Plans using the new ICAO format

Starting today, all VFR flight plans must be submitted using the International (ICAO) flight plan form. While it may sound intimidating at first, it's actually a pretty seamless transition when using a mobile app like ForeFlight to file. Here's what you need to know.

Student Pilot News print edition

Student Pilot News is the best place for articles, videos, quizzes, and special offers for new pilots. But in addition to our weekly online updates, we also publish a print version once a year. You can flip through a PDF version of the 2019 edition here.

5 most popular articles from 2018

Please enjoy our five most popular articles from 2018. On behalf of the Student Pilot News team, Happy New Year and best...

Save money with these 5 simple flight training steps

Learning to fly is not getting cheaper, but there's no substitute for the magic of flight. It's a significant investment, but one with amazing benefits...
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VFR Flight Following – a pilot’s guide

If “flight following” is a new term, don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s not exactly a staple in many Private pilot training programs and...

3 Rules of Thumb for Flying and Some Good Advice

A rule of thumb has been attributed to many origins (including the largest stick a man could use to beat his wife) but is generally meant to mean a "reliable approximation." I fly - and live - by rules of thumb. I want to share three of these and pass on some good advice that may keep you flying and alive for a long time.

You’ve Heard of the Pre-Flight, but what about the Post-Flight?

There’s never a good time for something to break, especially in aviation.  But things do break and airplanes do require care and service, so...

Performance on FAA Tests and in the Real World – Part 1

Pressure and Density Altitude on FAA Tests and in the Real World One of the things that you must learn as a pilot is how...

Fatigue – you may win the battle, but you can’t win the war

I was on the return leg of a two-day trip to Texas last month on a late Tuesday evening.  I had spent the entire...
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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.