4 Tips for Effective Study

There’s no hiding the fact that earning a pilot certificate will most certainly involve some study.  While certain topics will come easier for some,...

Is Flying to Oshkosh on Your Bucket List

For most pilots, flying into AirVenture Oshkosh (KOSH) is very near the top of their bucket list. As a pilot, there is just something...

10 tips to get the most out of each flight lesson

Learning to fly an airplane should be a fun and enjoyable process, but you need to have a game plan to ensure that your flight training proceeds smoothly and efficiently. Here are 10 tips to help you get the most out of each lesson.

The art of cross country travel by light airplane

As student pilots and newly-minted private pilots, we spend most of our time in the traffic pattern or the practice area. It's all about the process, not enjoying the ride or the destination. But once you earn your license, it's critical to throw off those shackles, get out and travel!

Defining Night

Perhaps only in aviation could we come up with three different, and sometimes confusing, definitions for the same word, Night.  These three definitions are...

Flying for the Young

As a flight instructor, I am often asked the question, "How old do you have to be to start learning to fly?" The short answer to the question is that there is no minimum age for a child to begin learning to fly. The longer answer is a bit more complicated and I will attempt to discuss that here.

Airmanship

Airmanship can be defined as the ability of a pilot to properly assess the environment in which the aircraft is operating and properly managing...

FAA Ramp Checks – Know Your Rights

Earlier this week I witnessed something not all that common in general aviation – an FAA Ramp Check.  If you've never heard of a...

Flying for Fun

Flight school, albeit fun, can be a real drag. I can recall fretting over the next “turns around a point” lesson for the fourth...

Going paperless with your logbook

Over the past 3 years pilots have been quickly transitioning to a paperless cockpit, using the iPad as an electronic preflight and in-flight resource....