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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 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.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Dangers Of Noise Fatigue


Noise fatigue may be an often-overlooked cause of aircraft accidents in general aviation



The Dangers Of Noise FatigueI was tired. No, beyond tired. I was fairly well-whipped. There are no legal limits imposed on flight hours associated with ferry flying, and stupidly.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Angle Of The Wing


Angle-of-attack indicators, coming to a glass panel near you



Angle Of The WingI was introduced to an angle-of-attack indicator back in the early '80s. I was ferrying a V35B Bonanza from Atlanta, Georgia to Palo Alto, Calif., where it was to be fitted with one of Victor Aviation's balanced, blueprinted, Black Edition engines.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Winter Flying Tips


Twenty Things You Can Do To Stay Safe and Have Fun



Winter Flying TipsWinter is as inevitable as aging, and for pilots who live in or fly to the northern latitudes, every winter will present significant challenges.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Risk Management


Do we know what we don’t know?



Risk ManagementRisk management is a solid concept, and an often-used term in aviation, medicine, firefighting, insurance and business.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011

When Airplanes Collide: Avoiding The Unexpected


With midair collisions showing no sign of decreasing, “See and Avoid” is more important than ever



When Airplanes Collide: Avoiding The UnexpectedIt’s ironic that most general aviation pilots consider a possible engine failure as their greatest fear.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

IFR Communications: Serious Business


What you say and what you hear on the radio are more than mere words



IFR Communications: Serious BusinessI listened carefully to the clearance on the first go-around, shook my head in exasperation, and wondered if the controller had been a trumpet player in a previous life.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Save On Avgas


American avgas is becoming almost as expensive as European petrol. Here’s how to use less of it.



Save On AvgasIt barely matters what you fly these days— avgas is starting to comprise a greater percentage of an airplane's total operating cost.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Making Sense Of The Back-Course Approach


They’re the words every instrument pilot dreads: “Cleared for the back-course approach”



Making Sense Of The Back-Course ApproachYes, I know. There aren't many of those procedures in use, and even when they're available, controllers are more likely to issue a circle-to-land clearance on the standard localizer/ILS.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fear Of Dunking


The airplane doesn’t know if it’s flying over water or land. The pilot does.



Fear Of DunkingFrom two miles up, big water looks pretty much the same all over the world.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pilot Training: Finish What You Started


What can be done to help student pilots complete their training?



Pilot Training: Finish What You StartedMore people give up on their flight training than complete it.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

10 Tips For Stepping Up


If you’re considering the leap from piston to turbine, here’s what you need to know



10 Tips For Stepping UpMost aviators have, at some point in their lives, looked at the cloud-like contrails behind high-flying jets, and ultimately yearned to one day be flying in the flight levels.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Muscle Memory


When we’re our own worst enemy



Muscle MemoryOne of the basic clichés in life is that learning anything is quite often a matter of doing it over and over until you get it right.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Challenge Yourself!


Comfort zones are slow death and are meant to be challenged



Challenge Yourself!One of the never-ending conversations in aviation starts with, "How does a person become a better pilot?"
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Mysteries Of Landing


No, this isn’t the 11,398th story on how to land an airplane



Mysteries Of LandingWe've all read our share of stories on how to land an airplane, many of them written by pilots with "CFI" after their name.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Takeoff Mistakes: The Critical Minute


It all has to come together in the first 60 seconds, or the rest of the flight may not matter



Takeoff Mistakes: The Critical MinuteTom Willett was regarded as a natural. A former USAF navigator, Willett had become one of Globe Aero’s most reliable international ferry pilots.