Video tip: fun flying

Tired of the same old "turns around a point and stalls" lesson? Don't worry - it's normal. In our latest video tip, we offer a few ideas for shaking things up during flight training. Whether it's making a breakfast run or picking a new time to fly, there are plenty of ways to keep flight training fun.

Video tip: understanding Class E airspace

Unless you're flying a jet high into the flight levels, there's a good chance that the majority of your flying will take place in Class E airspace. This week's tip takes a look at the operating requirements, minimum VFR weather and how to identify Class E airspace on the sectional chart.

Video Tip of the Week: Engine Leaning Techniques

What's the mixture control used for, and why do you have to lean an airplane engine anyway? We'll answer those questions in our latest video tip of the week, plus offer some practical tips like: what power settings demand full rich, how to lean with a G1000 glass cockpit and more.

Video tip: Aviation Safety Reporting System (the NASA form)

The FAA has an Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) program designed to gather data about incidents to maintain and improve aviation safety. The ASRS collects voluntarily submitted aviation safety incident and situation reports from pilots, controllers, and others. This week's tip shows how to participate in the system and the benefits it can provide should you inadvertently bend one of the FARs in flight.

Video tip: flying by the instruments

During your private pilot training, you'll need to log at least 3 hours with your instructor flying the airplane solely by reference to the instruments, typically while wearing a hood or view-limiting device. The goal isn't to make you proficient in instrument flying, but rather to help you develop the basic flying skills to return to VFR weather should you accidentally fly into a cloud or low visibility conditions.

Weather Video Tip: Microbursts and wind shear

Microbursts are one of aviation's top weather hazards, and the intensity of the wind shear can spell trouble for even the most powerful airplanes. In this tip we'll look at the weather variables that can cause a microburst, how to look for the warning signs and what to do should you encounter one.

Video tip – Runway markings and symbols

Not all sections of the runway are created equal, and the FAA uses various symbols and markings painted directly on the pavement to indicate each segment's purpose. This week's tip takes a closer look at displaced thresholds, blastpads, EMAS and closed runway signage so you'll be well-prepared on what to do when you see them in person at the airport.

Video tip of the week: airplane engine operation

A great pilot takes care of his or her engine, especially when flying with bigger engines found on more advanced airplanes. This means a lot more than just "keeping the needle in the green." In this week's tip, we offer some time-tested tips for making sure your engine is smooth, cool and happy.

Video tip: ForeFlight procedure advisor

As more and more pilots fly with aviation apps, it's important to stay current on your technology. In our latest video tip, we dive into the details of ForeFlight, aviation's most popular app. Learn how the powerful Procedure Advisor feature works, for both VFR and IFR pilots.

Video tip: maintaining your flight currency

After the checkride, you must maintain a certain level of flying activity to stay current in the eyes of the FAA. All pilots must meet with a CFI every 24 calendar months to complete a Flight Review, but there are also additional currency requirements you must meet when you want to bring passengers along with you. This week's tip explains the FARs related to pilot currency in plain English, including when you need to log your flight time.