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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, November 6, 2012

IFR Strategies In Convective Weather


A tactical flight from coast-to-coast in a Columbia 400 from above the weather to underneath the overcast



IFR Strategies In Convective WeatherI just completed a trip from a coastal town in northern California, to Erie, Penn., and back in a Columbia 400.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Say When


When you should retract gear, reduce power, stop climb, initiate descent and more



Say WhenI'm one of the world's luckiest pilots. On occasion, I'm allowed to fly some of the best new airplanes in general aviation.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Consequences Of Mayday


If you survive a Mayday, everyone worries about what will happen later. Here’s the real story from a poster boy of Maydays.



Consequences Of MaydayIt's a notorious section of the North Atlantic known for high waves and vicious winds. It runs 600 miles from the coast of Iceland southeast past the Faroes and Orkney Islands to Northern Scotland.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Double Down


From Dream to reality: Moving Up from a single Engine to a twin story



Double DownI first fell in love with the Cessna 340 when my dad and I stopped at Harris Ranch for a steak salad on our way home from the Bay Area one day.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Aviation’s “Little” Emergencies


How to handle those in-flight problems that aren’t necessarily life threatening



Aviation’s “Little” EmergenciesI had just departed Long Beach, Calif., in a Bellanca Viking, headed for the Reno Air Races, when black oil began flowing out of the cowling and onto the windshield.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Never Run It Dry


Keeping track of the time/speed/distance equation is only part of fuel management



Never Run It DryIt was the Christmas holiday, and I was on my way back from the Bahamas to Venice, Fla.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

30 Things Not To Do In The Pattern


A how-to guide that guarantees lousy landings



30 Things Not To Do In The PatternSo much of aviation education is built around doing things right.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Joys Of Summer


Depending on where you live, summer can be the time to fly



The Joys Of SummerIt was late summer, and I nursed the old Bellanca Cruisemaster higher as we passed over Blue Mesa Reservoir near Gunnison, Colo.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Ultimate Choice


Using crew resource management for the decision-making process



The Ultimate ChoiceIt was a particular flight in December of 2011 that really stands out in my mind.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Getting Back Into It


Rust removal can actually be fun



Getting Back Into ItYeah, I got my license, but then I got married, had a couple of kids and got engrossed in building my career, so I didn't fly for a long time.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

20 Things You May Not Know About Night Flying


Darkness comprises roughly half of every day, but that’s no reason to avoid flying at night, if…



20 Things You May Not Know About Night FlyingTo that end, I studied with one of Hollywood's hardest-working studio lead trumpet players, Bud Brisbois.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Precision Flying


Change your mind-set to improve your flying



Precision FlyingPrecision and approximation: These are contradictory terms that, when applied to flying, have more to do with the pilot's mind-set than they do with skill.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Part 142 Flight Review


Why simulator training could save your life



A Part 142 Flight ReviewLike so many aeronautical adventures, this was a quest for a signature.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Living Large


Transitioning from a piston to a turbine



Living LargeMaking the transition from a fixed- gear piston into a turbine isn't easy, cheap or quick, but it's possible.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

How Low Should You Go?


Speed never looks so spectacular as when you’re close to the ground



How Low Should You Go?The indiscretions of youth. It's all too easy to examine stupid pilot tricks and dismiss them as functions of immaturity.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Airline Transport Professionals


Preparing pilots for professional airline careers since 1984



Airline Transport ProfessionalsAs it prepares to celebrate its 28th anniversary, ATP has grown into one of the largest and most highly respected professional flight-training academies in the world.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Do Something Magical: Learn To Fly


Innovation continues to change flight training, but it’s still about the fun



Do Something Magical: Learn To FlyI'm still learning to fly. Even three decades after earning my private pilot certificate at 17, I'm still a student pilot, and I'm okay with it.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Landing Without Flight Controls


Under some conditions, it’s possible to land an airplane without using normal aerodynamic controls



Landing Without Flight ControlsThe airplane had been climbing through 8,000 feet out of Baghdad for Bahrain when it was hit in the left wing by a shoulder-launched, surface-to-air missile, fired by a Fedayeen terrorist.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Angle Of The Wing


Angle-of-attack indicators, coming to a glass panel near you



Angle Of The WingI was introduced to an angle-of-attack indicator back in the early '80s. I was ferrying a V35B Bonanza from Atlanta, Georgia to Palo Alto, Calif., where it was to be fitted with one of Victor Aviation's balanced, blueprinted, Black Edition engines.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Risk Management


Do we know what we don’t know?



Risk ManagementRisk management is a solid concept, and an often-used term in aviation, medicine, firefighting, insurance and business.
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, 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.


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