Tips and technique

Tips and technique

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...

How do you pay for flight training

Whether for a career, recreation or both, you need a plan   For those considering a career as a professional pilot, you’ll be excited to know...

Don’t be a fair weather flyer

Any pilot with an available airplane can’t pass up a severe clear, less than 5 kts forecast. Why would you? There’s breakfast to be...

Visibility: more than meets the eye

Visibility, unlike so many other aviation weather terms, seems so simple. It's a measure of how far you can see, right? What nuances can there possibly be? Turns out, a lot.
Pre-flight inspection

The dreaded pre-flight, and how to do it well

I've never liked the pre-flight inspection. It's like the salad course before a steak dinner--sure, it's good for you, but all it does is prevent you from getting to the good stuff. But if I could give some advice, it would be short and sweet: "Get over it."
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Mind thy airspeed

At the end of the day, is there a single skill that is most important? One that would, if mastered, have the greatest impact on your ability to fly safely? I think there are actually two, one mental and one physical.
Young Eagle in right seat

Don’t say that! 5 phrases to avoid when flying with passengers

Sometimes it's the little things that matter most. A great example is the words we use in the cockpit. Talking is a great way to dispel some fears for a new flyer, but be careful: casual statements can have a powerful effect. Here are five things you shouldn't say in the cockpit when you're flying with passengers.
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6 aviation cliches that are true – and 3 that are not

Aviation is filled with "experts." These self-appointed sages never miss a chance to share their tips for safer flying, usually from the lofty perch of a rocking chair at the FBO. But not every cliche can be discarded. Most of them exist because there's a kernel of truth.

Combining IFR and visual flight

If we didn’t have access to the variety of visual IFR procedures or the option for VFR flight, the system would quite simply be overwhelmed. Where the breakdowns and inefficiencies occur, can often be attributed to a lack of awareness on the part of pilots or failure to take advantage of our options for combining IFR and VFR flight.

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...