Tips and technique

Tips and technique

10 aviation activities to get you through COVID-19 and a FREE course from Sporty’s

Does the COVID-19 crisis have you down? Yes, unprecedented recommendations and orders have made it challenging to get that aviation fix, but blue skies are ahead and there are activities to participate in right now so that you’re ready to hit the ground running. Here are 10 aviation activities you can participate in right now to help keep you connected.
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.

Flexible Flyer

Earlier this year, I wrote about my family's plans to take a number of mini-vacations during the summer centered on our enjoyment of roller...

Aviation weather video tip: When flying IFR isn’t an option

Sometimes terrain, icing, lack of instrument rating or proper equipment can make flying on an Instrument Flight Plan (IFR) not an option. But that doesn't mean you need to cancel a flight though just because there's weather along the route or it's not perfect VFR.
Pilot talking on radio

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.
172 landing

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.

Ask a CFI: what’s one tip to make better landings (video)

Welcome to our latest video series - Ask A Sporty's CFI. We'll be talking to the 25 flight instructors we have on staff at Sporty's to get their tips for safer and smoother flying. First up is Bret Koebbe, an ATP and CFII, who shares his tips for making consistently smooth landings. How do you know if you're on glide path? How do you choose an aiming point? Bret has answers.

Ask a CFI: how can I incorporate the iPad into my flight training?

Welcome to Ask A Sporty's CFI, where we talk to the 25 flight instructors we have on staff at Sporty's Academy to get their...

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.
Fuel gauges

Common Aircraft Fuel Myths

There are a number of fuel related myths and misrepresentations floating around the general aviation industry. While I can't touch them all, I hope to provide some enlightenment around a couple of them in this post.