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Our flight-training articles can help you become a better pilot. From getting a license in two weeks to advance flying techniques, our pilot training for general aviators cover all the information you need.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Is The Compass Dead? Is Technology Now King?


GPS units are excellent primary navaids, but that doesn’t mean we should abandon our old-fashioned whiskey compass



Is The Compass Dead? Is Technology Now King?Without meaning to, the majority of the population of the industrialized world (and much of the rest) has become wildly dependent on personal technology.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

No Pilot, No Worries


Unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) have become aviation’s next big thing



No Pilot, No WorriesDrones are everywhere. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are the most talked about segment of the aviation industry, and not a day goes by without something in the news about drones.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pop Quiz!


25 questions we should be able to answer



Pop Quiz!We made up a quick list that includes general, basic questions that fit any airplane or condition, so they aren't specific to any given bird.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Get A Free Type Rating


If you have time and patience, CAE’s supporting crewmember program will earn you a dream rating



Get A Free Type RatingLet's be honest: What aviator wouldn't jump at the opportunity for a free ATP rating and a free type rating from one of the premier advanced training flight schools in the world—if that was an option? It is.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Advanced Ratings


Increase your aviating skills with new types of training



Advanced RatingsOnce in a while, you'll hear someone ask why they should take training past what's required to get a PPL.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Crosswinds: Our Best Learning Tool


Feared by many, conquered by most, avoided by some



Crosswinds: Our Best Learning ToolYou're on downwind, and you see it: the shadow of the windsock aiming at the middle of the runway.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

From The Ground To The Tropopause


Turbine flying, weather and learning something



From The Ground To The TropopauseAs owner-pilots, we're pretty much on our own when it comes to gaining firsthand weather experience, and there's often a fine line between learning something and getting in over your head.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

How V-Speeds Change


Your book airspeeds may vary quite a bit during different phases of flight



How V-Speeds ChangeMany of us may consider short-field operations in the context of an arrival or departure from a runway that we don't normally operate from.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Learn To Fly: Adventures Are Waiting


Learning to fly is the gateway to a life of new freedom and experiences



Learn To Fly: Adventures Are WaitingLooking out across 100 different shades of blue, broken up by sandbars swirled like the inside of a marble, I banked the trusty Cessna 182 Skylane toward the pink-sand beaches of Eleuthera—one of the islands in The Bahamas.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Insidious Emergency


Recognize, react to and survive Hypoxia



The Insidious EmergencyOn the morning of September 5, 2014, news spread rapidly that a Socata TBM 900 aircraft was in trouble.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

To Go Or Not To Go


Departing legally and safely in a jet



To Go Or Not To GoRight from the beginning, I knew that we were cutting it tight.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Surviving A Dozen Engine Failures (Or Was It 13?)


Chances are, you’ll never experience a serious engine problem. But, then again…



Surviving A Dozen Engine Failures (Or Was It 13?)The good news is there's next to no chance you'll ever lose an engine, assuming you don't do anything dumb.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Looking Versus Seeing


A visual nuance that spells the difference between good and perfect



Looking Versus SeeingThe concept of seeing the nose and making it do what the pilot wants it to do is much more complex than it appears.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What’s The Rudder’s Real Purpose?


Shedding light on the least understood and most misused control in an airplane



What’s The Rudder’s Real Purpose? Here's a black-and-white statement that's more fact than opinion: The rudder is easily the least understood and most misused control in an airplane.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

20 Tips For The Pattern


Flying the circuit is fairly cut-and-dried, right? Not necessarily.



20 Tips For The PatternIt's a corollary to one of the most popular mantras instructors have been preaching for years: A good landing is nearly always the result of a good approach.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Treat Vmc with Respect


Nearly all twin accidents are related to an abuse of Vmc



Treat Vmc with RespectThe hard reality of twin-engine accidents is that the vast majority are a function of loss of control during single-engine operations.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

License Next Step: Commercial Certificate


AFIT’s accelerated Commercial Pilot program adds finesse, control and the ability to get paid



License Next Step: Commercial CertificateI thought my instructor, John, was testing me to see how I'd react.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Advanced Training


Leaving your aviation comfort zone will open new doors



Advanced TrainingPilots tend to be creatures of habit, often flying the same type of mission every time.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Top 20 Tips For Night Flying


No matter what some allegedly old pros may tell you, flying at night definitely isn’t the same as aviating in daylight



Top 20 Tips For Night FlyingNight flying isn't for everyone. Much of the joy and wonder of flying disappears when the sun goes down.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Breaking The Accident Chain


The danger of multitasking and inattentional blindness: hang up, focus and pay attention



Breaking The Accident ChainMistakes are a part of life, but when it comes to aviation, sometimes even a simple mistake can lead to disaster.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Training With Seminoles


ATP Flight School employs the world’s largest fleet of Piper Seminoles to train aspiring airline pilots for the multi-engine rating



Training With SeminolesPiper has always been famous for producing light twins.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Season Of Turbulence


The summer heat is around the corner, and so is the cobblestone sky



The Season Of TurbulenceMost pilots agree that summer is the favored season for flying.


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