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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, March 24, 2015

Taking Off: Aviation Careers 2015


From airliners to drones, careers show no sign of slowing down



Taking Off: Aviation Careers 2015The last five years have proven to be a tumultuous time in aviation careers.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Crosswinds: Our Best Learning Tool


Feared by many, conquered by most, avoided by some



Crosswinds: Our Best Learning ToolYou're on downwind, and you see it: the shadow of the windsock aiming at the middle of the runway.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

From The Ground To The Tropopause


Turbine flying, weather and learning something



From The Ground To The TropopauseAs owner-pilots, we're pretty much on our own when it comes to gaining firsthand weather experience, and there's often a fine line between learning something and getting in over your head.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

How V-Speeds Change


Your book airspeeds may vary quite a bit during different phases of flight



How V-Speeds ChangeMany of us may consider short-field operations in the context of an arrival or departure from a runway that we don't normally operate from.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Learn To Fly: Adventures Are Waiting


Learning to fly is the gateway to a life of new freedom and experiences



Learn To Fly: Adventures Are WaitingLooking out across 100 different shades of blue, broken up by sandbars swirled like the inside of a marble, I banked the trusty Cessna 182 Skylane toward the pink-sand beaches of Eleuthera—one of the islands in The Bahamas.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Insidious Emergency


Recognize, react to and survive Hypoxia



The Insidious EmergencyOn the morning of September 5, 2014, news spread rapidly that a Socata TBM 900 aircraft was in trouble.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

To Go Or Not To Go


Departing legally and safely in a jet



To Go Or Not To GoRight from the beginning, I knew that we were cutting it tight.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Florida Institute Of Technology—Train On The Space Coast


Academic excellence and world-class training are hallmarks of Florida Tech



Florida Institute Of Technology—Train On The Space CoastFlorida Tech has been around since 1958 with its ideal location minutes from Melbourne International Airport on Florida's Space Coast.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Surviving A Dozen Engine Failures (Or Was It 13?)


Chances are, you’ll never experience a serious engine problem. But, then again…



Surviving A Dozen Engine Failures (Or Was It 13?)The good news is there's next to no chance you'll ever lose an engine, assuming you don't do anything dumb.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Aviation Career Update 2014


Regional pilot shortages and updated FAA requirements fuel the latest changes in aviation careers



Aviation Career Update 2014Pilot careers are nothing if not tumultuous. Right now, we're in uncharted territory, as regional airlines are experiencing the worst pilot shortage since regional service in the 1950s.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pay To Play: Eagle Jet International


Eagle Jet’s unique “internship” program builds hours fast



Pay To Play: Eagle Jet InternationalIn aviation, a great paradox has always existed that to get a job as an airline pilot, one has to first build multi-engine time in airliners, but that can't be done without being an airline 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.