Learning to fly
Flying tips: Use the HI to find the runway
Thursday, 23 February 2012 12:03

Runway-searchApproaching an unfamiliar airport VFR can present a challenge even in CAVU conditions, particularly if you don’t have a glass panel in your cockpit.

But your heading indicator can help you quickly visualize the orientation of the runway, which makes it easier to find the airport and figure out the best way to enter the pattern.

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Flying tips: Stay out of the way
Saturday, 18 February 2012 13:00

US-geological-surveyI learned to fly at Santa Monica Airport (KSMO), which has one runway, 3-21. So, as a budding pilot, any time I would go to an airport with multiple runways such as Van Nuys (KVNY), which has two parallel runways or Long Beach (KLGB), which has five intersecting runways, there were some extra thinking and planning required prior to taking off.

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Flying tips: When flight instruments lie
Saturday, 11 February 2012 14:00

Flight -instrumentsDuring our early training days the instructor drilled it into our heads that, absent any visual reference to the outside world, our inner ear would soon fool our minds into believing that the airplane was pointed one way when in truth something entirely different was occurring.

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Birmingham Airport opens Flight School for science and technology
Thursday, 02 February 2012 14:00

Birmingham-Airport-Flight-SchoolSchoolchildren in Birmingham will now be having lessons at Birmingham Airport. 

A classroom, nicknamed Flight School, has been opened at the airport, which can be used by schools in the local area, to try and make lessons more exciting.

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Learn to fly: Your first solo flight
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 14:14

First-solo-flightThe first solo flight is undoubtedly a moment that you will never forget.

Even though you may have seen the earth from above many times before, the experience of reaching that perspective alone is different. And because it is literally a groundbreaking moment, you’ll want to do everything you can to make it positive and extra-special.

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Flying tips: Fly with your fingertips
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 14:00

Flying-with-your-fingertipsWhen I first started flying, I flew using what some people call “the death grip,” a morbid term for hanging onto the yoke for dear life.

I held so hard that my forearm would be sore the next day and I had a permanent tiny bruise on my thumb from pressing the push-to-talk button.

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Flying tips: Staying straight
Saturday, 17 December 2011 14:00

Staying-straightLoss of control has consistently been the leading factor causing landing accidents, according to the annual Nall Report, published by AOPA’s Air Safety Institute.

One way to prevent loss of directional control is to learn to consistently stay aligned with the centerline of the runway during the landing phase.

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Learn to fly: See the light
Monday, 12 December 2011 18:00

Night cityThe cause of the deadly Turbo Commander crash in Arizona’s Superstition Mountains won’t be known for some time, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to glean some lessons from this tragedy.

As any pilot who has flown in the airspace near Phoenix (or any city surrounded by mountains) knows, seeing the inky blackness of terrain at night is next to impossible.

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Learn to fly: Radio reassurance
Thursday, 01 December 2011 14:56

How to reduce mic frightTim Busch has been involved in aviation education for more than 20 years. He is a Master CFI and the president of Iowa Flight Training. A self-proclaimed aviation evangelist, Busch is also the president of the nonprofit Iowa Aviation Promotion Group and an FAA FAASTeam representative.

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New guidelines coming for stall training
Tuesday, 29 November 2011 17:15

Loss of control in the airplaneNow the leading cause of airliner hull losses and fatalities, loss of control is driving improvements in training to help pilots recognize and recover from aircraft upsets in flight.

Including Colgan Air Flight 3407 and Air France 447 in 2009, loss of control in flight (LOC-I) killed 1,841 people from 2001-10 in 20 commercial jet accidents worldwide.

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