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Our pilot training articles are designed to help you improve your flying proficiency. Bone up on beneficial skills as well as the biggest mistakes to avoid as a pilot. Fly right with articles on topics such as dealing with ice and the most dangerous things you can do as a pilot.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What’s The Rudder’s Real Purpose?


Shedding light on the least understood and most misused control in an airplane



What’s The Rudder’s Real Purpose? Here's a black-and-white statement that's more fact than opinion: The rudder is easily the least understood and most misused control in an airplane.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Looking Versus Seeing


A visual nuance that spells the difference between good and perfect



Looking Versus SeeingThe concept of seeing the nose and making it do what the pilot wants it to do is much more complex than it appears.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

20 Tips For The Pattern


Flying the circuit is fairly cut-and-dried, right? Not necessarily.



20 Tips For The PatternIt's a corollary to one of the most popular mantras instructors have been preaching for years: A good landing is nearly always the result of a good approach.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

License Next Step: Commercial Certificate


AFIT’s accelerated Commercial Pilot program adds finesse, control and the ability to get paid



License Next Step: Commercial CertificateI thought my instructor, John, was testing me to see how I'd react.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Treat Vmc with Respect


Nearly all twin accidents are related to an abuse of Vmc



Treat Vmc with RespectThe hard reality of twin-engine accidents is that the vast majority are a function of loss of control during single-engine operations.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Advanced Training


Leaving your aviation comfort zone will open new doors



Advanced TrainingPilots tend to be creatures of habit, often flying the same type of mission every time.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Top 20 Tips For Night Flying


No matter what some allegedly old pros may tell you, flying at night definitely isn’t the same as aviating in daylight



Top 20 Tips For Night FlyingNight flying isn't for everyone. Much of the joy and wonder of flying disappears when the sun goes down.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kansas State: Affordable Excellence


A world-class UAV program, Beechcraft fleet and small class size make K-State a standout



Kansas State: Affordable ExcellenceHeadlines across the media have recently focused on the shortage of regional airline pilots.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Training With Seminoles


ATP Flight School employs the world’s largest fleet of Piper Seminoles to train aspiring airline pilots for the multi-engine rating



Training With SeminolesPiper has always been famous for producing light twins.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Breaking The Accident Chain


The danger of multitasking and inattentional blindness: hang up, focus and pay attention



Breaking The Accident ChainMistakes are a part of life, but when it comes to aviation, sometimes even a simple mistake can lead to disaster.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2014 Hot Aviation Careers


A new era of aerospace is fueling aviation career opportunities



2014 Hot Aviation CareersIn terms of careers in the aviation industry, all the attention has been focused on regional airlines and the hand-wringing as the supply of pilots is drying up.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Season Of Turbulence


The summer heat is around the corner, and so is the cobblestone sky



The Season Of TurbulenceMost pilots agree that summer is the favored season for flying.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Embry-Riddle: Biggest, Oldest, Boldest


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University continues to set the standard in aviation training



Embry-Riddle: Biggest, Oldest, BoldestIn 1925, when barnstormer John Paul Riddle and entrepreneur T. Higbee Embry founded the Embry-Riddle Company at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio, they probably had no idea their company would turn into one of the most recognized private aviation universities in the world.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

20 Tips For IFR Flying


Yes, there could have been 200, but we decided to stop at 20



20 Tips For IFR FlyingLast month, we published a list of 20 tips we hoped might help keep you healthy and happy during VFR flight.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

20 Tips For VFR Flying


These ideas may not save your life, or maybe they will



20 Tips For VFR FlyingVFR flying can be more difficult than you might imagine.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Turbocharging


The benefits of getting high



TurbochargingYou don't have to live in the high plains or the mountains to appreciate the benefits of turbocharging.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Understanding VFR Into IMC Accidents


A study of situational and pilot-related factors



Understanding VFR Into IMC AccidentsWhile there are many factors and influences that can cause pilots trouble in flight, weather is one of the most pervasive and prominent.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Learn to Fly: A Practical Guide


Today, it’s easier than ever to fulfill your dream of flying



Learn to Fly: A Practical GuideThough not from any official poll or study, the desire to learn to fly is one of the most often unrealized dreams in our society.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Spartan: Giving The FAA What It Wants


Facing tougher requirements, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology launches new programs



Spartan: Giving The FAA What It WantsThe last few years have brought some of the most sweeping changes to commercial pilot training that we've ever seen in the industry.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pilots Versus Aviators


Do you pressure the controls or move them?



Pilots Versus AviatorsEveryone reading these words has flown with a lot of other pilots.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Your Best Friend Or Worst Enemy


How well do you know your autopilot?



Your Best Friend Or Worst EnemyThe first time I ever engaged an autopilot, it did something completely unexpected, and I quickly turned it back off.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Live Interaction: A New Way To Learn


Pro Aviation Trainers combines Internet learning with live instructors



Live Interaction: A New Way To LearnJust when you thought everything had been done in the world of ground school/knowledge exam preparation, along comes somebody with a twist on tradition.