I had the pleasure of hosting a popular online panel discussion earlier this year featuring designated pilot examiners (DPEs) and Chief Instructors from around the country offering advice and insight on how to effectively prepare for, and pass, the checkride. If you haven’t had the opportunity to view it, the recording is available free (see below) […]
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The competition I had the distinct pleasure of representing Sporty’s at the 2018 National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) annual flight competition–SAFECON. With nearly 30 schools attending, the event was hosted this year by Indiana State University on its aviation campus at the Terre Haute Regional Airport (KHUF) the first week of May. Sporty’s is a […]
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.
A February trip to Nevis in the West Indies would present the opportunity try some products and escape the Ohio Valley winter. This is the first of three installments about our adventure in Sporty’s iconic 1963 Piper Aztec. Follow along on our Caribbean adventure and start planning your own.
Learning to move around on the ground at large airports with complex runway and taxiway layouts can at first be intimidating, but with proper preparation and some help from the mobile apps like ForeFlight, you’ll find that it’s really not that difficult to monitor your position and find your way to the runway or parking.
Over the last few years, I have written a couple of posts about the demise of old weather products and the introduction of their replacements. Well, the National Weather Service is still hard at work (finally) getting rid of some older textual and static products in favor of new, interactive products and products based upon […]
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, making the same flights time after time. That’s not only boring, it’s bad for your flying skills. One of the best ways to become a better pilot is to take on new challenges, whether it’s a new airplane or a new destination. So with that adventurous spirit in mind, let’s consider 25 reasons to get out and go flying this summer.
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.
In 1976 Bob Seger released “Night Moves”, a song about going out “parking” on a date. For those of you too young to have ever bought an 8-track tape, prior to the eighties most cars other than true sport cars had bench seats. The room these seats offered made drive in movies and country gravel […]
As much as we like to press the push-to-talk button and calmly proclaim “wilco,” sometimes you simply have to say no – even when it’s uncomfortable. It’s not being lazy or being a bad pilot, it’s prioritizing safety over convenience.