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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, 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.
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.