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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.

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."
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Demystifying ATC


How to work better with “the voice” in your headset



Demystifying ATCIt seems we all have a story, some event in our lives that brought us into the aviation trade.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pilot Careers 2010: A Brave New World


With the industry showing signs of life, preparation and training soon will meet opportunity for prospective pilots



Pilot Careers 2010: A Brave New WorldIt probably seems extraordinary to be discussing pilot careers at a time when the worst economic turmoil in 60 years has dragged the airline industry to near-collapse and an insatiable media has spotlighted every ugly aspect of the profession.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lessons Learned Part 2


The Lower 48



Lessons Learned Part 2After earning my private pilot’s license in Alaska in 1980, I wasn’t sure what was next. I loved to fly.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lessons Learned Part 1


Alaska vs. The Outside



Lessons Learned Part 1My first flight lessons might have been different than yours, but as with all pilots, those early experiences are still tattooed in my mind.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Is Glass Safer?


Making sense of the NTSB glass-cockpit report



Is Glass Safer?Earlier this year, the NTSB released the findings of a special study that they conducted comparing glass-cockpit aircraft and similar conventional, or “round dial,”-equipped aircraft.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Water, Wind & Floats


At Jack Brown’s Seaplane Base, getting wet is part of the fun



Water, Wind & FloatsBe prepared to have fun,” Frances Brown told me. That was one of those phrases I had heard before with little payoff.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dealing With Convective Weather


Some pilots simply lock their airplanes in the hangar when convective weather is about. Others learn to cope.



Dealing With Convective WeatherShortly after returning from a recent Grand Caravan delivery from Long Beach, Calif., to Seoul, Korea, I spoke at a LoPresti First Saturday event in Sebastian, Fla.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Myth (Almost) Of Tailwinds


Logic suggests you should have tailwinds roughly 50% of the time. Logic is wrong.



The Myth (Almost) Of TailwindsIt was late March 1994, and I was waiting for wind—again. Mooney Aircraft had loaned me a new TLS in January so I could set several world records flying between Los Angeles and Jacksonville, Fla.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Stretching Your Wings


Advanced training is the ticket to taking your flying to the next level



Stretching Your WingsOne of the most popular phrases in general aviation is “license to learn.”
Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Dream Makers: Everyday Pilots Reaching For The Sky


When passion and determination combine, anything is possible



Dream Makers: Everyday Pilots Reaching For The SkyDreams of flight are special. They beckon you from your earliest memories, and they’re insistent—always calling you to look up at the sky when an airplane passes overhead, or crane your neck at the nearest airport.