Tips and technique

Tips and technique

Smart study strategies with Sporty’s 2019 Learn to Fly Course

Sporty’s courses are the ideal pilot training companion - everything you need to prepare for your written test and earn your certificate or rating,...

Learning to fly and having a full time job – Can it be done?

We get many aspiring pilots that ask us about learning to fly but other commitments often result in a packed schedule. The thought of...

How high do you want to fly today?

How high should we fly today? Choosing an altitude for a flight may seem like a simple decision at first, but there are actually a lot of variables to consider. What is the purpose of the flight? How is the weather? Are there any airspace restrictions? What is the performance of the airplane? This may sound like a lot to consider, but with some help from your mobile EFB app and some practice, this process will become second nature to you.

AIM change 2 effective September 13, 2018

AIM Change 2 went into effect September 13 and includes recommended advisory practices at non-towered airports as well as weather services and standard terminal arrivals (STARs).

The most commonly misunderstood regulations and procedures

I had the pleasure of hosting a popular online panel discussion earlier this year featuring designated pilot examiners (DPEs) and Chief Instructors from around...
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.

Video tip: inadvertent flight into IFR conditions (and how to get out)

Taking the time to thoroughly brief the weather before every flight will significantly decrease the odds that you'll inadvertently fly into IFR conditions as a VFR pilot. This week's tip takes a look at the actions to take though if you do stumble into the clouds or an area of reduced visibility, to help you safely return to VFR conditions.

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.

Video tip: how to calculate weight and balance

Take the time to compute the total weight of the airplane and center of gravity (CG) before every flight, based on the number of occupants, baggage and fuel and where each item is positioned in the airplane. This week's tip takes a look at how to compute a typical weight and balance calculation and how to verify the results are within limits.
Fuel gauges

Only the realistic survive

The unforgiving nature of aviation has serious consequences, consequences we should remember every time we enter the cockpit. If we're unrealistic about our new year's resolution, it probably won’t hurt us. Flying is a different story. There aren’t many second chances.