Tips and technique

Tips and technique

Tips to Help Streamline IFR Training

When stressed learning to fly approaches, it is very easy to get behind the airplane.  During my IFR training, it was not uncommon for...

The 7 deadly sins of radio communications

Nobody wants to sound bad in front of the "audience" of your fellow pilots. But there are a few things that can instantly make you sound less professional--let's call them the 7 deadly sins of radio communication. These phrases should not be in your aviation vocabulary.

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.
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The one tip that finally helped me land better

Making great landings consistently is easier said than done, and it's easy to fall for the latest "miracle cure." I won't offer any of those, because good landings result more from practice, discipline and hard work than quick fixes. But sometimes the right visualization is the key: if you can truly understand all the interrelated events that happen during landing, it's easier to make the correct control inputs.

FBO Speak

Interacting with the local FBO (Fixed Base Operator) isn't something you’ll typically learn as part of a standard training curriculum at your local flight...

What the ATC controller sees – tech in the tower

You'll find that it's helpful to have a good understanding of the air traffic system from the controller's perspective. Understanding the technology involved will not only make you feel more comfortable working with ATC but will also allow you to fully take advantage of all the services and information they have to offer.

7 ways to stay informed about Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs)

Presidential TFRs will be popping up more and more throughout the year as we approach the 2012 election this fall. Find out how you can stay informed about them and not get caught off guard.
ForeFlight Mobile

Top 10 apps for student pilots

The iPad is a great tool for pilots of all skill levels, from airline captains to student pilots. Student pilots can take advantage of all these benefits and use the iPad to save time and money during flight training with great apps available from the app store. Here are our top ten favorites.

5 flight planning resources you should be using

Flight planning today has never been easier for pilots, thanks to all the sophisticated mobile apps and wealth of up-to-date weather data available at our fingertips. Here are 5 flight planning resources outside of your favorite aviation app to consider while preparing for your next flight.
TAF

How much can you trust TAFs?

TAFs are a valuable pre-flight planning tool, and they are created by experts who carefully consider a variety of different models and weather reports. But don’t be seduced by the precision of these forecasts. As you conduct your pre-flight weather briefing, consider the TAF a single data point, and nothing more.

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