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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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
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

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, 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

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, 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

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, January 26, 2010

Learning To Fly 2.0: Cooler, Safer And More Fun Than Ever


Big changes in technology, manufacturing and design have changed the way we learn to fly



Learning To Fly 2.0:  Cooler, Safer And More Fun Than EverImagine it: You’re training for night cross-country flying. The evening is moonless VFR. Your weather briefing says your route is clear. The synthetic vision feature of your glass instrument panel displays everything—including the runway centerline—as if illuminated on a clear day.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Kings Of The Sky


Spend a day with John and Martha King and the hotly anticipated Cessna Skycatcher



Kings Of The Sky"So what are they like in person?” is the first question my pilot friends ask when I tell them I’ve spent a day with John and Martha King, the well-known founders of King Schools.
Monday, November 2, 2009

The Checkride Chronicles


A year in the life of a designated pilot examiner



The Checkride ChroniclesWho’s the judge beside you in the cockpit, deciding whether you’re worthy of receiving aviation’s highest honor (a license to learn)? Hopefully, it’s someone who’ll make your entry into the world of aviation less than turbulent.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sporty’s Foundation: The Future Of Aviation


One child at a time, Hal Shevers and his foundation are keeping aviation alive



Sporty’s Foundation: The Future Of AviationIf we don’t get more young people interested in every aspect of general aviation, it will simply disappear as we know it,” Hal Shevers, the founder and chairman of Sporty’s Pilot Shop, tells me as he punctuates his sentence with a long pause and his piercing eyes.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ticket To Ride III


Part III: Don’t get cocky, kid—You’ve soloed. Time to prep for The Ride!



Ticket To Ride IIIRight after soloing in 860LS, the lovely Flight Design CTLS, I feel light as a cloud.


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