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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, 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.
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.
Monday, September 1, 2014

Short-Field Ops

How to make every runway seem longer

Short-Field OpsWanna talk about short-field landings? Sure, why not?
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.