Learning to fly
Flying tips: The 180-degree power-off approach
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 14:49

power-off-180-degree-accuracy-approachOne maneuver that has been added to the practical test standards since I earned my commercial and instructor certificates at the beginning of the millennium is the power-off 180-degree accuracy approach and landing.

While this maneuver is not a part of the private or sport pilot curricula, it is a maneuver that is worthwhile for you to practice regularly with an instructor by your side.

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Flying tips: Minimizing an aviation fuel emergency
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 16:00

Aviation-fuel-emergencyMost people don't like to admit that they have dug themselves into a hole and need help to extricate themselves from their predicament.

This is evident in the common tendency people have to minimize their problems when communicating with others, and has led to many adverse outcomes because people who could have helped did not fully understand the extent of the difficulty that pilot or crew were in.

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Flying tips: During the BFR reveal your weaknesses
Monday, 07 May 2012 13:34

Biennial-Flight-ReviewEvery two years, whether you’re current or not, you have to complete a biennial flight review with an instructor.

The BFR is not a test – there is no such thing as a pass or fail. Your instructor simply needs to feel confident that you’re a competent pilot before endorsing your logbook.

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Learn to fly: Stay current with TouchTrainer simulator
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 16:00

TouchTrainer-simulatorThe FAA has given the nod to the TouchTrainer – a home-based basic avionics training device (BATD) based on the X-Plane software with which you can stay instrument current in the comfort of your own home.

You can even log up to 10 hours toward your instrument rating with this system, as long as you have an instructor by your side.

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Jeppesen offers complete training solution
Thursday, 19 April 2012 11:32

Jeppesen-student-trainingJeppesen recently announced what the company calls “blended learning” — a complete training solution, offering students, instructors and flight schools flight training programs designed to work together to make the process of learning to fly more efficient.

The solution combines courses that have been in existence for years with recently released offerings.

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Flying tips: Hit the brakes after takeoff
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:26

Out-of-balance tiresHave you ever advanced the power, gathered momentum on the runway and pulled back on the yoke or stick at the appropriate airspeed – only to be greeted by a shaking in the controls as you lift off that makes your mind start thinking about pre-stall buffets, your uncomfortably high angle of attack and proximity to the trees?

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Flying into Sun 'n Fun
Saturday, 31 March 2012 14:30

Sun-Fun-airshowFor those of you who are flying yourselves to the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In this week, the experience begins with carefully studying the fly-in notam.

With the swarm of airplanes flying in to the show it’s critical that everyone is on the same page.

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Flying tips: Keep you head outside
Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:45

Cessna-aircraftWhen practicing 45-degree banked turns for your flight review or a practical test, where do you tend to focus most of your attention? On the attitude indicator? The altimeter? The vertical speed indicator?

If you answered yes to any of these, you’re looking in the wrong place.

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Flying tips: Beware stationary objects
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 19:10

Midair-collisionsHow can you tell if you’re on a collision course with another airplane?

Your biggest clue will be that there will be no relative motion between your airplane and the other aircraft. If you can maneuver in such a way to make the other aircraft appear as though it’s moving relative to your location in the sky, you have altered course enough to avoid running into each other.

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Learn to fly: Finding the right instructor
Saturday, 03 March 2012 19:55

How-to-find-the-right-instructorMax Trescott was selected as the 2008 National Flight Instructor of the Year.

Based in Palo Alto, California, he publishes aviation books and software, including Max Trescott’s GPS and WAAS Instrument Flying Handbook and Max Trescott’s G1000 Glass Cockpit Handbook.

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