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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.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Learning To Love (Or At Least Accept) Winter


Flying is for all seasons



Learning To Love (Or At Least Accept) WinterSome aviators in the Northern U.S. apparently prefer to lock their airplane in the hangar each October and not come back until late April.
Monday, December 14, 2015

What’s All The Flap About?


Flaps are so much more than simply those large surfaces hanging from the wing trailing edges



What’s All The Flap About?We watched the accident unfold before us from the tall grass, 9,000 feet up in the jagged crest of the Sierra Nevadas.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Simulation Comes Of Age


Simcom introduces a King Air 200 simulator with a difference



Simulation Comes Of AgeOne of the quickest ways to identify an older airplane is to look at the panel.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Formation Without Perspiration


Formation flying needn’t be terrifying or dangerous, provided you stay loose



Formation Without PerspirationThe assignment was simple—fly over to Lubbock, Texas, spend three days with the U.S. Air Force (USAF) basic training squadron at Reese Air Force Base (AFB).
Thursday, October 1, 2015

When To Cry Uncle


There’s a time to bluff, a time to run and a time to ask for help



When To Cry UncleI was three hours out of Reykjavik, Iceland, on my way to Wick, Scotland, when I sensed, rather than heard, the engine begin to spool down.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CFI An Adventure In Learning To Teach


What it’s like to become a CFI through AFIT’s accelerated program



CFI An Adventure In Learning To TeachProbably the greatest responsibility in aviation is training new pilots.
Friday, September 25, 2015

Aviation Career Update: The Sky's The Limit


A perfect storm of factors continues to drive a shortage of pilots and technicians, with no end in sight



Aviation Career Update: The Sky's The LimitThe year 2015 has been one of upheaval with respect to aviation careers.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Climb Away


Climb sometimes suffers as the forgotten mode of flight



Climb AwayYou could do it that way, and thousands of pilots operate with exactly those simplified procedures every day. As you might have expected, however, there are better ways.
Friday, August 28, 2015

Power Failure


Modern Aircraft Engines Almost Never Quit…Almost



Power FailureLosing an engine on a single-engine airplane is one of the scariest possibilities in aviation.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Go-Arounds: The Sooner, The Better


The cardinal rule of go-arounds: Don’t wait too long



Go-Arounds: The Sooner, The BetterEasygoing Gary Meermans, at the time chief pilot for United Airlines, smiled from the right seat as I taxied out at Long Beach for my second hour of multi-engine training in one of the world's most tired Piper Apaches.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

No Pilot, No Worries


Unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) have become aviation’s next big thing



No Pilot, No WorriesDrones are everywhere. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are the most talked about segment of the aviation industry, and not a day goes by without something in the news about drones.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Is The Compass Dead? Is Technology Now King?


GPS units are excellent primary navaids, but that doesn’t mean we should abandon our old-fashioned whiskey compass



Is The Compass Dead? Is Technology Now King?Without meaning to, the majority of the population of the industrialized world (and much of the rest) has become wildly dependent on personal technology.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Get A Free Type Rating


If you have time and patience, CAE’s supporting crewmember program will earn you a dream rating



Get A Free Type RatingLet's be honest: What aviator wouldn't jump at the opportunity for a free ATP rating and a free type rating from one of the premier advanced training flight schools in the world—if that was an option? It is.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pop Quiz!


25 questions we should be able to answer



Pop Quiz!We made up a quick list that includes general, basic questions that fit any airplane or condition, so they aren't specific to any given bird.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Advanced Ratings


Increase your aviating skills with new types of training



Advanced RatingsOnce in a while, you'll hear someone ask why they should take training past what's required to get a PPL.
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.