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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, 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.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Beyond The Checkride


Advanced training means new skills, reduced insurance premiums and renewed passion



Beyond The CheckrideSo now what? You've earned the private certificate and are happily amassing flight time with all kinds of aerial adventures.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Hot Starts


Fuel injection is a wonderful feature—most of the time. In hot-weather restarts, however…



Hot StartsWhen was the last time you drove down to 7-Eleven on a sizzling-hot summer afternoon to buy a Lotto ticket, came back with what you hoped were the winning numbers, and your car refused to start because of the heat?
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

What Is Proficiency?


Ten ways of telling whether you’re actually as good as you think you are



What Is Proficiency?Aviation is awash in proficiency-oriented literature and training courses. But, what exactly is proficiency?
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

No Ghosts In The Air…No Privacy, Either!


The Great ADS-B Scare of 2012



No Ghosts In The Air…No Privacy, Either!After speaking with people in a position to know how the system works, now I can confirm that ADS-B won't make U.S. airspace less secure—far from it.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Aviation Careers: We’ve Only Just Begun


With UAV careers leading the charge, aviation is booming



Aviation Careers: We’ve Only Just BegunAs a kid in love with flying and all things related to it, I couldn't fathom the idea of getting paid for it.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Eyes Have It


The difference between “looking” and “seeing”



The Eyes Have ItWe're about to kick the sacred cow that is peripheral vision right in the butt and, in the process, probably generate a bunch of letters to the editor.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Logic Of Flaps


Flaps make pilots’ lives easier—for those aviators who know how to use them



The Logic Of FlapsBy any measure, flaps have almost no downside, but they're perhaps the least appreciated component of an aircraft.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Expand Your Iceberg


Plane & Pilot takes on AFIT’s 10-day instrument-rating program



Expand Your IcebergI was a stick-and-rudder pilot with very little knowledge of instrument flying. Steeped in flying wires, tube and fabric, I never thought I'd need or want an instrument rating.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Risky Business


Little-known tools that can help make your next flight safer



Risky BusinessHow risky is your next flight?
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

10 Flying Techniques From Great Aviators


Some of America's best pilots offer advice on how to fly smarter



10 Flying Techniques From Great AviatorsOne of the great joys of this job is that I've been allowed to interview and get to know some of the most interesting pilots in aviation.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Weather Avoidance Techniques


Staying Out of Trouble When it isn’t CAVU



Weather Avoidance TechniquesToday, a wide range of tools are available to help avoid those dangers, but each has limitations that must be understood in order to use them safely.