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, January 26, 2010
Learning To Fly 2.0: Cooler, Safer And More Fun Than Ever
Big changes in technology, manufacturing and design have changed the way we learn to fly
Imagine it: You’re training for night cross-country flying. The evening is moonless VFR. Your weather briefing says your route is clear. The synthetic vision feature of your glass instrument panel displays everything—including the runway centerline—as if illuminated on a clear day.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Be A Great Pilot!
Top tips for all aspects of flight
The sheer enormity of the subject is a little intimidating. You probably could name several thousand characteristics of a “good pilot.”
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Kings Of The Sky
Spend a day with John and Martha King and the hotly anticipated Cessna Skycatcher
"So what are they like in person?” is the first question my pilot friends ask when I tell them I’ve spent a day with John and Martha King, the well-known founders of King Schools.
Monday, November 2, 2009
The Checkride Chronicles
A year in the life of a designated pilot examiner
Who’s the judge beside you in the cockpit, deciding whether you’re worthy of receiving aviation’s highest honor (a license to learn)? Hopefully, it’s someone who’ll make your entry into the world of aviation less than turbulent.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Flying The Friendly Skies: No Better Time!
This may be the perfect time to achieve your aviation dream
Success in aviation always has been a matter of perspective. Student pilots hoping for an airline career in the ’50s attributed their lack of success to the oversupply of military pilots emerging from the Korean War.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
If you’re a pilot, there’s more to staying centered than transcendental meditation
It was 1984, and I was ferrying one of the last of the Cessna 207s to South America. It was a midsummer afternoon in South Texas, and the mushroom cumuli were climbing high into the stratosphere all along the border and south toward the Gulf of Mexico.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Top Mistakes In Convective Environments
How to stay safe in bad weather
Deep, moist convection, better known as thunderstorms, are the nemesis of all aircraft, big or small. Avoidance is mandatory.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Flying The Corridors
VFR flight corridors serve a useful purpose in congested and some not-so-congested airspace
VFR corridors have served an important function in U.S. airspace since the creation of the old TCAs (Terminal Control Areas) and TRSAs (Terminal Radar Service Areas), now less telegraphically renamed Class B and Class C airspace, respectively.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sporty’s Foundation: The Future Of Aviation
One child at a time, Hal Shevers and his foundation are keeping aviation alive
If we don’t get more young people interested in every aspect of general aviation, it will simply disappear as we know it,” Hal Shevers, the founder and chairman of Sporty’s Pilot Shop, tells me as he punctuates his sentence with a long pause and his piercing eyes.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Formation Flying! Part II
The cognitive challenges of flying lead
Formation flying is a dangerous and, for me, compellingly beautiful and engaging experience.