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Article: 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. ...

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Article: 20 Tips For The Pattern

It'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. ...

Article: Advanced Training

Pilots tend to be creatures of habit, often flying the same type of mission every time.

Article: Kansas State: Affordable Excellence

Headlines across the media have recently focused on the shortage of regional airline pilots.

Article: Embry-Riddle: Biggest, Oldest, Boldest

In 1925, when barnstormer John Paul Riddle and entrepreneur T. Higbee Embry founded the Embry-Riddle Company at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio, they probably had no idea their company would turn into one of the most recognized private aviation...

Article: Spartan: Giving The FAA What It Wants

The last few years have brought some of the most sweeping changes to commercial pilot training that we've ever seen in the industry.

Article: Learn to Fly: A Practical Guide

Though not from any official poll or study, the desire to learn to fly is one of the most often unrealized dreams in our society.

Article: Live Interaction: A New Way To Learn

Just when you thought everything had been done in the world of ground school/knowledge exam preparation, along comes somebody with a twist on tradition. ...

Article: Fire In The Cockpit

It had been a long day. Fatigue gnawed at me like the blade of a dull knife, numbing my senses, sapping my strength and fogging what little brain power I had left. Flying the Southwest in July isn't always fun.

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Article: A New Beginning

Careers in aviation are nothing if not dynamic. Aviation Career Update 2013

Article: Engine Loss: How Will You React?

We don't want it to happen, but it can. An engine loss will cause surprise and denial, so you need to be mentally prepared with a plan of action. ...

Article: Turbine Matters

So far, the flight was going well, but I couldn't shake the feeling that things were going almost too well.

Article: The Reality Of Deep Stalls

Aviation educators like to hope that all pilots learned everything they'll ever need to know about stalls when they earned their private pilot's license. ...

Article: Pilot Fatigue

Most often, when we use the term "fatigue" in aviation circles, it refers to the airplane's fatigue life.

Article: Hot Starts

When was the last time you drove down to 7-Eleven on a sizzling-hot summer afternoon to buy a Lotto ticket, came back with what you hoped were the winning numbers, and your car refused to start because of the heat?

Article: Beyond The Checkride

So now what? You've earned the private certificate and are happily amassing flight time with all kinds of aerial adventures.

Article: What Is Proficiency?

Aviation is awash in proficiency-oriented literature and training courses. But, what exactly is proficiency?

Article: The Eyes Have It

We're about to kick the sacred cow that is peripheral vision right in the butt and, in the process, probably generate a bunch of letters to the editor. ...

Article: Aviation Careers: We’ve Only Just Begun

As a kid in love with flying and all things related to it, I couldn't fathom the idea of getting paid for it.

Article: Expand Your Iceberg

I was a stick-and-rudder pilot with very little knowledge of instrument flying. Steeped in flying wires, tube and fabric, I never thought I'd need or want an instrument rating.

Article: 10 Flying Techniques From Great Aviators

One of the great joys of this job is that I've been allowed to interview and get to know some of the most interesting pilots in aviation.

Article: 10 Tips For VFR Flying In Marginal Weather

It was the classic example of baby- bird stupidity.

Article: Learning To Fly: All About Priorities

The big secret in aviation is that just about everybody goes into it because it's more fun than should be legally allowed, and not because it's practical. ...

Article: Aviation’s “Little” Emergencies

I 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. ...

Article: Never Run It Dry

It was the Christmas holiday, and I was on my way back from the Bahamas to Venice, Fla.

Article: 30 Things Not To Do In The Pattern

So much of aviation education is built around doing things right.

Article: A Part 142 Flight Review

Like so many aeronautical adventures, this was a quest for a signature.

Article: Living Large

Making the transition from a fixed- gear piston into a turbine isn't easy, cheap or quick, but it's possible.

Article: Aerospace Careers Outlook

For the first time since the great crash of 2008, we've heard nothing but optimism (though some of it was cautious) during interviews for our annual aerospace careers feature.

Article: Do Something Magical: Learn To Fly

I'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. ...