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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, 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.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Outside The Cockpit


A look at 10 nonflying careers



Outside The CockpitPilots aren't the only people who make a career in aviation and space. Airplanes and spacecraft are designed by engineers, built by factory workers, serviced by mechanics and technicians, and overseen by air traffic (or spacecraft) controllers.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Greasing It On: 20 Tips To Get ’Er Done


It’s all in the details. And in the pilot’s attitude.



Greasing It On: 20 Tips To Get ’Er DoneWe all know "those" kinds of pilots: They never bounce, are always down in the first few hundred feet, and put it on slicker’n a squashed gopher (I dare you).
Thursday, March 17, 2011

ATP And MSU: A Partnership For The Future


A new way to train by leveraging online technology



ATP And MSU: A Partnership For The FutureIn the face of a looming pilot shortage that could make past shortages look like mere “blips” on the radar, a creative approach to flight training has been announced.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Keeping It Real


Now in the fixed-wing market, FLYIT simulators are impressively realistic and take flight training to another level



Keeping It RealI’m weaving my Bell Jet Ranger helicopter through the labyrinthine Hong Kong skyline.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Immerse Yourself!


If you’re ready for intensive training, AFIT will get you an instrument rating in 10 days



Immerse Yourself!No rating in aviation carries more mystique and prestige than the instrument rating. Sure, the ATP is a pinnacle of sorts, but for most pilots, the instrument rating is the big jump that separates professional pilots from their more casual brethren.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Perfect Your Approaches


Nonprecision suggests a casual approach to IFR procedures, but you’d best fly them with precision



Perfect Your ApproachesOne of the most basic tenets of journalism is that we're all either the beneficiaries or the victims of our sources.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Paths To The Sky


So what’s it really like to go for your sport pilot ticket?



Paths To The SkyIn the seven years since FAA created the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) category, even with economic woes, nearly 2,000 LSA now grace America’s skies.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Aerial Phobias


Aviation’s bogeymen, and how to handle them



Aerial PhobiasAll of us have things in our lives that make us uncomfortable, sometimes to the point of terrorizing us. As kids, it’s what’s hiding under the bed.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Training With A Passion


Michael Goulian’s flight school makes dreams come true



Training With A PassionAerobatic champion, air show superstar, Red Bull racer—Michael Goulian is all of these. But in his day job, if you will, he’s president of Executive Flyers Aviation, a second-generation flight school founded by his father, Myron, in 1964.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Many Roads To Aviation


Real pilot stories show how passion and dedication equal flight-training success



The Many Roads To AviationMelanie Endsley never set out to become a jet pilot. “The plan was just for me to take some safety pilot lessons since I would be flying with a pilot friend in his jet,” explains Endsley.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Beware The Downburst


An insidious risk that can undercut airspeed and drive you into the ground



Beware The DownburstContrary to the advice that aviation usually allows you to make most mistakes only once, I’ve been fortunate in 50 years of flying to make virtually all the bad mistakes, in some cases more than once.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Challenging Runways


How to handle tough landings



Challenging RunwaysWhat makes some runways more challenging than others? The length? The wind? What you had for breakfast that morning? What?
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Box Is Yours


Competition aerobatics can make you a more precise and confident pilot



The Box Is YoursI was circling at 4,500 feet in the designated contest holding area for the Borrego Springs Akrofest while another competitor finished his routine in the aerobatic box.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Managing Risk: VFR Versus VMC


Are you prepared for when the weather deteriorates?



Managing Risk: VFR Versus VMCIt has been a long day on a long cross-country flight. The weather forecasts have not been very accurate—you’re reminded of a quote from an anonymous wag: "Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers."