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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 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.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Muscle Memory

When we’re our own worst enemy

Muscle MemoryOne of the basic clichés in life is that learning anything is quite often a matter of doing it over and over until you get it right.
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.

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