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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, 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.
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.