Our pilot training articles are designed to help you improve your flying proficiency. Bone up on beneficial skills as well as the biggest mistakes to avoid as a pilot. Fly right with articles on topics such as dealing with ice and the most dangerous things you can do as a pilot.
Should you make a mistake, filling out some simple paperwork might just save your bacon
Before you ask, yes, I’ve filled out my share. Like most reasonably conscientious pilots who try to play by the rules, I don’t go around deliberately violating FARs, but on those rare occasions when I think I might have clipped a corner of a Class B, busted an IFR altitude or come closer than I like to another airplane (no matter who was at fault), I whip out a NASA report and send it in.
Flight Training Adventure Camps offers a unique and exciting opportunity for aspiring pilots
Learning how to fly means, among other things, mastering the controls of an airplane, understanding weather theory and unraveling the mysteries of aerodynamics—all of which can be studied at a local airport. That is an adventure in itself. But what if that process were taken one step further? Imagine, for instance, the Wild West as your flight school. The airplane, your teacher. Here, the vast expanse of the West plays an integral part in your flight training. It’s a daring place where you sleep, breathe and eat aviation, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, where you can sleep underneath the wing of the plane you’re learning to fly and where all around you is some of the world’s most inspiring landscape. This is you learning to fly.
Pilots from across America and around the world have put the project in motion
Recently, Plane & Pilot asked pilots if they’d be interested in a project that we named Build A Plane. The question we put to our readership was simple: What if there was a program that offered young adults the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get involved in general aviation? Guided by mentoring adults, what if teenagers were given the opportunity to restore or build a real airplane?
Twenty-six tips to help you get more from air traffic control
Pilots and air traffic controllers share a unique relationship, a mutual trust and understanding that supports the modern system of flight. Virtually every time a pilot climbs into the cockpit of an airplane, he or she engages in some sort of verbal exchange with the ATC environment.
Last month, we took a look at how much cold-weather flying depends on groundwork preparation. In this issue, we’ll explore how to safely and effectively maximize wintertime flight once you’re airborne.
Read the owner’s manuals for several aircraft, and you’ll discover cold-weather starts are different for each engine, but there are some fairly universal rules to follow during cold start attempts. Some pilots refuse to move prop blades under any circumstances, but I always pull them through several times to break any possible hydraulic lock. Fuel is reluctant to vaporize in cold weather, and you’ll need to prime the engine(s) more than normal if you expect to start on the first or second try, an important consideration when two tries may be all you’ll get.
With cool temperatures and great visibilities, autumn-to-spring flying requires a different set of rules—and it all starts on the ground
It may come as a surprise to pilots from southern latitudes, but winter flying can be some of the best there is. I have to be kidding, right? After all, isn’t winter the season of blinding blizzards, chillingly cold temperatures and iced asphalt? Aren’t the dark months the time when weather becomes the most miserable and unpredictable of the year? Don’t many pilots who live in northern climes simply lock up their airplanes from December to March and forget about flying altogether?
More and more pilots are beginning to understand that anyone can find themselves in unusual attitudes
I hate roller coasters. Little tykes who are barely out of their diapers scamper away from the Superman Ride giggling and laughing. I, on the other hand, stumble away with nausea, posttraumatic stress and a desire to sue the park for mayhem, reckless endangerment and domestic terrorism. So what am I, a nonaerobatic pilot, doing here at 7,000 feet—with my eyes closed, mind you—falling inverted out of a tailslide in an airplane I’ve never flown before?
Founded: 1990; FAA Licenses and Ratings Offered: Appetiser Program Solo, PPL, IFR and CFI; Degree Offered: None. Remarks: Learner-oriented flight school with emphasis on teamwork, fun and adventure. Training occurs through real-life situations on a 4,000-mile expedition. This unique method provides aspiring pilots with the kind of experience normally reserved for much more experienced pilots. more »
Founded: 1971; FAA Licenses and Ratings Offered: Private through Airline Transport Pilot, Airplane Land Part 141 and Part 61 available; Number of Training Airplanes and Types: 30 planes in the two Aero-Tech, Inc. locations—Cessnas, Pipers and Beeches; Degree Offered: Affiliation with Utah Valley State College, 2-year and 4-year aviation degrees. Remarks: Over 30 decades of more »
Founded: 1971; FAA Licenses and Ratings Offered: Training conducted under FAR Part 141 and/or 61. Recreational through ATP; Number of Training Airplanes and Types: 30 total aircraft, including 7 factory-new Cessnas, Piper Arrow, Beech Bonanza, Twin Comanche; Degree Offered: Affiliation with Utah Valley State College, 2-year and 4-year aviation degrees. Remarks: Recreation or career-prep; part-time, more »
Founded: 1965; FAA Licenses and Ratings Offered: Private Pilot through ATP as well as King Air 90/100, Citation I/II/SII, Saab 2000 and Seneca II/III/IV aircraft type specific training offered; Number of Training Airplanes and Types: 100 singles and twins, including turbine aircraft and Zlin aerobatic aircraft for Upset Recovery training; Degree Offered: College credit available more »
Founded: 1991; FAA Licenses and Ratings Offered: Private Pilot through CFI, CFII and MEI, including a specialized Regional Jet airline preparation course; Number of Training Airplanes and Types: Over 70 new Piper Archers, Arrows and Seminoles fitted with Garmin 430 GNS and air conditioning; Degree Offered: Associate and bachelor’s degrees in conjunction with Utah Valley more »
Founded: 1999; FAA Licenses and Ratings Offered: Private Pilot, Instrument, Commercial, Multiengine, CFI, CFII, MEI and ATP; Number of Training Airplanes and Types: 40 training aircraft—5 C152s, 24 C172s, 5 C172RGs, 5 Piper Seminoles, AST Hawk FTD and Frasca 242 T for LOFT/CRM; Degree Offered: Associate or bachelor’s degree in Aviation Science or Aviation Business more »