Learning to fly
Sloping runway approaches
Monday, 28 November 2011 12:55

Sloping runwayAs more and more pilots get their training at large, controlled airports with long, flat, paved runways, fewer new pilots have much, if any, real-world experience dealing with sloping runways.

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OVO-4 full-motion home flight simulator
Sunday, 20 November 2011 14:00

OVO-4Can’t stop playing Microsoft Flight Simulator X? Meet OVO-4, a product from Spanish manufacturer Virtual Fly that takes home flight simulation to a whole new level.

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Learn to fly: When things go wrong
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 11:45

Learn to flyGeneral aviation (GA) accidents do occur, although they happen far less frequently than most nonpilots believe. If something does go wrong in the air, aircraft are stable and often have built-in backup systems, and pilots are specially trained to handle a multitude of situations.

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Redbird Skyport Grand Opening a Success
Friday, 11 November 2011 14:27

The new Redbird Skyport in San MarcosOn Tuesday Redbird Flight Simulations took the next step on its meteoric growth in the GA market by cutting the ribbon on Skyport, a hybrid aviation business based in San Marcos, Texas (KHYI).

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Know your oxygen needs
Sunday, 06 November 2011 14:00

Oxygen limits for pilotsOxygen use is one of many factors in aviation where it’s a good idea to set your own limits, which should also be much lower than those required by the FAA.

Legal requirements for oxygen aren’t applicable until you fly above 12,500 feet, but in some cases you may want to start inhaling supplemental oxygen as low as 5,000 feet.

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Flying tips: Vx vs. Vy
Friday, 04 November 2011 15:41

Flying tipLet’s imagine for a moment the following hypothetical situation: Two airplanes are taking off at exactly the same moment from parallel runways. Airplane A accelerates to and climbs out at Vx while Airplane B accelerates to and climbs at Vy.

What will happen in each case?

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Flight Training: Go Around
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 17:44

A pilot executes a go-around toward rising terrainIt's called a go-around, a wave-off, an aborted landing, a missed approach, a rejected landing, or a bummer. Whatever you choose to call it, coming back for a second try at the runway is a skill that everyone needs but many lack.

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How to calculate density altitude with a pencil
Friday, 28 October 2011 14:04

Calculating Density Altitude with a PencilWe all know that as density altitude increases, there is a corresponding decrease in the power delivered by our airplane’s engine and the effectiveness of our propeller.

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25 tips to make you a better pilot
Friday, 30 September 2011 11:10

Tios to make you a better pilotAs long as there have been pilots, there have been instructors, cum writers, who have been eager to develop cure-all lists of the magic ingredients required to become an ace aviator. And this is another of those lists. What’s so special about this one? There isn’t anything here that hasn’t been included on many of the self-improvement lists, which have gone before. And that’s exactly what makes this one special, if not different.

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The tough choices: picking a flight school, picking an instructor
Friday, 30 September 2011 10:53

Flight instructor and a studentWhat person in our lives has the longest lasting effect? Our parents usually head the list but, when it comes to flying, your first instructor fills that same role. He or she lays down the bricks that form the foundation for your skill and you build upon that foundation for the rest of your years in the air. Most pilots never out-live the effect of that first flight instructor, which can be good or bad news.

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