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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, July 31, 2012

Flight Bag For All Needs


Brightline’s new Flex system transforms the flight bag



Flight Bag For All NeedsI must own seven or eight different flight bags.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Over Water, Under Canopy!


Saved by the BRS parachute



Over Water, Under Canopy!Cylinder-head temp gauges are creeping noticeably toward the red lines. Not good. No, this isn't looking good at all.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Ultimate Choice


Using crew resource management for the decision-making process



The Ultimate ChoiceIt was a particular flight in December of 2011 that really stands out in my mind.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Joys Of Summer


Depending on where you live, summer can be the time to fly



The Joys Of SummerIt was late summer, and I nursed the old Bellanca Cruisemaster higher as we passed over Blue Mesa Reservoir near Gunnison, Colo.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Getting Back Into It


Rust removal can actually be fun



Getting Back Into ItYeah, I got my license, but then I got married, had a couple of kids and got engrossed in building my career, so I didn't fly for a long time.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

20 Things You May Not Know About Night Flying


Darkness comprises roughly half of every day, but that’s no reason to avoid flying at night, if…



20 Things You May Not Know About Night FlyingTo that end, I studied with one of Hollywood's hardest-working studio lead trumpet players, Bud Brisbois.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Precision Flying


Change your mind-set to improve your flying



Precision FlyingPrecision and approximation: These are contradictory terms that, when applied to flying, have more to do with the pilot's mind-set than they do with skill.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Part 142 Flight Review


Why simulator training could save your life



A Part 142 Flight ReviewLike so many aeronautical adventures, this was a quest for a signature.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Aerospace Careers Outlook


Top jobs with a promising future



Aerospace Careers OutlookFor the first time since the great crash of 2008, we've heard nothing but optimism (though some of it was cautious) during interviews for our annual aerospace careers feature.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Living Large


Transitioning from a piston to a turbine



Living LargeMaking the transition from a fixed- gear piston into a turbine isn't easy, cheap or quick, but it's possible.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Weather Avoidance: Back To Basics


Ten simple steps to enhance your weather planning and avoid Mother Nature’s worst



Weather Avoidance: Back To BasicsIt's one of the great paradoxes in aviation that one of the biggest killers of pilots —weather—is one of the least understood and least taught subjects in primary flight instruction.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Combating Crosswinds


Ten Things The Textbooks Don’t Tell You



Combating CrosswindsNeither the wind given to you by the tower, nor that shown on a mid-field wind sock, is likely to be what you actually experience when landing.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

How Low Should You Go?


Speed never looks so spectacular as when you’re close to the ground



How Low Should You Go?The indiscretions of youth. It's all too easy to examine stupid pilot tricks and dismiss them as functions of immaturity.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Aerosim Flight Academy


The professional flight-training difference



Aerosim Flight AcademyIt's not only general aviation that faces a pilot shortage.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Running With The Big Dogs: A Jet Experience


“Flying Like The Pros” shows GA pilots big-cockpit methods and techniques



Running With The Big Dogs: A Jet ExperienceDon't be in a rush to screw things up!" It's one of many little sayings and memory joggers that 2010 National CFI Of The Year Jeffrey Robert Moss (everyone calls him "MossY") teaches students in his Flying Like The Pros (FLTP) system.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Airline Transport Professionals


Preparing pilots for professional airline careers since 1984



Airline Transport ProfessionalsAs it prepares to celebrate its 28th anniversary, ATP has grown into one of the largest and most highly respected professional flight-training academies in the world.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Do Something Magical: Learn To Fly


Innovation continues to change flight training, but it’s still about the fun



Do Something Magical: Learn To FlyI'm still learning to fly. Even three decades after earning my private pilot certificate at 17, I'm still a student pilot, and I'm okay with it.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Landing Without Flight Controls


Under some conditions, it’s possible to land an airplane without using normal aerodynamic controls



Landing Without Flight ControlsThe airplane had been climbing through 8,000 feet out of Baghdad for Bahrain when it was hit in the left wing by a shoulder-launched, surface-to-air missile, fired by a Fedayeen terrorist.