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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 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.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Earn Your Multi-Engine Rating


ATP’s 10-hour Course Trains You In A Piper Seminole In Just Four Days



Earn Your Multi-Engine RatingThe previous day of training had gone great. The Piper Seminole was easy to handle.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fire In The Cockpit


Like fire in a ship at sea, fire in the cockpit can be the scariest emergency you hope you’ll never encounter



Fire In The CockpitIt had been a long day. Fatigue gnawed at me like the blade of a dull knife, numbing my senses, sapping my strength and fogging what little brain power I had left. Flying the Southwest in July isn't always fun.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Lowdown On Go-Downs


Descents should be more than simply throwaway methods of losing altitude



The Lowdown On Go-DownsI was cruising high for a normally aspirated twin, scoring a ground speed of 200 knots at 13,000 feet in a freshly restored Cessna 310R.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Airline Transport Professionals


ATP’s nationwide centers offer top-notch ab initio training



Airline Transport ProfessionalsSince its start nearly 30 years ago, Airline Transport Professionals (ATP) has grown into the largest provider of pilots to regional airlines.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A New Beginning


As ma­jor airlines hire for the first time in a decade, pilot demand heats up



A New BeginningCareers in aviation are nothing if not dynamic.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Turbine Matters


A gauntlet of ratings, currency, and proficiency—it’s worth it!­­­­



Turbine MattersSo far, the flight was going well, but I couldn't shake the feeling that things were going almost too well.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Engine Loss: How Will You React?


When an aircraft engine loses power, the pilot’s initial response can mean the difference between life or death



Engine Loss: How Will You React?We don't want it to happen, but it can. An engine loss will cause surprise and denial, so you need to be mentally prepared with a plan of action.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Surviving Ramp Check


It doesn’t have to be the encounter most pilots dread



Surviving Ramp CheckWillits, Calif., is one of those happy getaway locations that pilots love.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Pilot Fatigue


Are you safe to fly?



Pilot FatigueMost often, when we use the term "fatigue" in aviation circles, it refers to the airplane's fatigue life.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Reality Of Deep Stalls


Stalls are simply stalls, except when they’re not



The Reality Of Deep StallsAviation educators like to hope that all pilots learned everything they'll ever need to know about stalls when they earned their private pilot's license.