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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, February 9, 2010

From Tailwheel To Turbine


Total transition training, the Gauntlet way



From Tailwheel To TurbineBill Stewart, until recently a lapsed pilot, sounds like something between a fighter jock and a kid in a candy store as he recounts his latest aerial exploits on the ramp at Chicago’s Aurora Municipal Airport (ARR).
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Learning To Fly 2.0: Cooler, Safer And More Fun Than Ever


Big changes in technology, manufacturing and design have changed the way we learn to fly



Learning To Fly 2.0:  Cooler, Safer And More Fun Than EverImagine it: You’re training for night cross-country flying. The evening is moonless VFR. Your weather briefing says your route is clear. The synthetic vision feature of your glass instrument panel displays everything—including the runway centerline—as if illuminated on a clear day.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Be A Great Pilot!


Top tips for all aspects of flight



Be A Great Pilot!The sheer enormity of the subject is a little intimidating. You probably could name several thousand characteristics of a “good pilot.”
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Kings Of The Sky


Spend a day with John and Martha King and the hotly anticipated Cessna Skycatcher



Kings Of The Sky"So what are they like in person?” is the first question my pilot friends ask when I tell them I’ve spent a day with John and Martha King, the well-known founders of King Schools.
Monday, November 2, 2009

The Checkride Chronicles


A year in the life of a designated pilot examiner



The Checkride ChroniclesWho’s the judge beside you in the cockpit, deciding whether you’re worthy of receiving aviation’s highest honor (a license to learn)? Hopefully, it’s someone who’ll make your entry into the world of aviation less than turbulent.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Flying The Friendly Skies: No Better Time!


This may be the perfect time to achieve your aviation dream



Flying The Friendly Skies: No Better Time! Success in aviation always has been a matter of perspective. Student pilots hoping for an airline career in the ’50s attributed their lack of success to the oversupply of military pilots emerging from the Korean War.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Staying Centered


If you’re a pilot, there’s more to staying centered than transcendental meditation



Staying Centered It was 1984, and I was ferrying one of the last of the Cessna 207s to South America. It was a midsummer afternoon in South Texas, and the mushroom cumuli were climbing high into the stratosphere all along the border and south toward the Gulf of Mexico.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Top Mistakes In Convective Environments


How to stay safe in bad weather



Top Mistakes  In Convective EnvironmentsDeep, moist convection, better known as thunderstorms, are the nemesis of all aircraft, big or small. Avoidance is mandatory.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Flying The Corridors


VFR flight corridors serve a useful purpose in congested and some not-so-congested airspace



Flying The CorridorsV­FR corridors have served an important function in U.S. airspace since the creation of the old TCAs (Terminal Control Areas) and TRSAs (Terminal Radar Service Areas), now less telegraphically renamed Class B and Class C airspace, respectively.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sporty’s Foundation: The Future Of Aviation


One child at a time, Hal Shevers and his foundation are keeping aviation alive



Sporty’s Foundation: The Future Of AviationIf we don’t get more young people interested in every aspect of general aviation, it will simply disappear as we know it,” Hal Shevers, the founder and chairman of Sporty’s Pilot Shop, tells me as he punctuates his sentence with a long pause and his piercing eyes.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Formation Flying! Part II


The cognitive challenges of flying lead



Formation Flying! Part IIFormation flying is a dangerous and, for me, compellingly beautiful and engaging experience.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ticket To Ride III


Part III: Don’t get cocky, kid—You’ve soloed. Time to prep for The Ride!



Ticket To Ride IIIRight after soloing in 860LS, the lovely Flight Design CTLS, I feel light as a cloud.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Lowest To Highest


From below sea level to a Colorado high in a light jet



Lowest To HighestI spent over a year making the transition from piloting a TBM 700 turboprop to becoming a jet pilot; a process that has taken me through an ATP rating, two type ratings, a lot of simulator time, a jet trip to Paris, a bit of mentoring, one or two scary moments, some frustration and piles of cash
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

You Spin Me Round!


Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety takes the unusual out of unusual attitudes



You Spin Me Round!When I was a student pilot and my instructor would send me on solo flights to practice maneuvers, stalls were always last on my list.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009

10 Signs Of A Great Pilot


Observations from around the patch



10 Signs Of A Great PilotAll of us have spent considerable time observing our fellow aviators’ takeoffs, landings, radio communications, preflight inspections and general behavior at (and away from) the airport.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Formation Flying


The risks and rewards of flying wing



I’ve seen few things in my lifetime as beautiful as looking down on other planes in flight while on the top of a wingover. Multiple airplanes acting as one require a significant amount of discipline, dedication and practice. Even after more than 3,000 hours of flying within 20 feet of other airplanes, I know that this is an extremely risky activity that should never be attempted without considerable ground and flight training.
Thursday, June 11, 2009

WAAS


GPS Approaches for Every Airport?



waasThe benefits of transitioning from pilotage to dead reckoning, four course ranges, ADF, VORs, Loran and then to GPS have been nothing short of spectacular.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A New License To Learn


Advanced training leads to more than just proficiency; it can also save lives



new licenseA few weeks ago, my friend Ray recounted a scary experience he’d had in his high-performance single while on a trip with his wife and daughter in IMC and at night.