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Flight Training

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, 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.
Monday, September 1, 2014

Short-Field Ops

How to make every runway seem longer

Short-Field OpsWanna talk about short-field landings? Sure, why not?
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.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

20 Tips For IFR Flying

Yes, there could have been 200, but we decided to stop at 20

20 Tips For IFR FlyingLast month, we published a list of 20 tips we hoped might help keep you healthy and happy during VFR flight.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Understanding VFR Into IMC Accidents

A study of situational and pilot-related factors

Understanding VFR Into IMC AccidentsWhile there are many factors and influences that can cause pilots trouble in flight, weather is one of the most pervasive and prominent.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014


The benefits of getting high

TurbochargingYou don't have to live in the high plains or the mountains to appreciate the benefits of turbocharging.

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