Tips and technique

Tips and technique

Is Corrective Vision Surgery for you?

It's estimated that some 55% of civilian pilots use some form of vision correction, most notably, glasses or contact lenses.  But advances in corrective...

Video tip: takeoff and landing techniques from a short runway

You'll need to modify your takeoff and landing procedures when operating from shorter runways to obtain the maximum performance from the airplane. These techniques will allow you to shorten the ground roll and also provide additional clearance over obstacles if they are present near the runway.

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.
two pilots in cockpit

The value of right seat time

Most of us will jump at any chance for some left seat time and another entry in the logbook. For better or for worse (mostly for worse I think), we judge pilot ability on total time. But not all your aviation experience shows up in the logbook, and not all your learning takes place in the left seat.

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.

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 ?

AIM updated – summary of Change 1

Aeronautical Information Manual Change 1 was recently published with updates taking effect January 30. Updates include: 1−1−12. NAVAIDS with Voice 4−2−14. Communications for VFR Flights 7−1−10. Inflight...

3 non-aviation apps every pilot should have

While technology and the availability of flight planning and charting apps have replaced sectional charts and highlighters for most students, there is more information to be gained regarding your destination than what the NOTAMs and weather forecasts will provide.

New simulation added to free Runway Safety Simulator

The FAA Safety Team has added a new simulation to the the Runway Safety Pilot Simulator at www.RunwaySafetySimulator.com. “The Anatomy of a Wrong Surface...
Pilot talking on radio

ATC hours reduced and other preflight considerations

It’s no secret that airline travel has suffered mightily during the COVID-19 pandemic. Air carriers have substantially cut schedules and we’ve even seen sad...