February 27, 2016| 210

Aviation Degree Programs: Taking a Look at What’s Available

Mark Overman Getting started in the aviation industry can be a daunting task, especially if you’re a newcomer and have caught the aviation bug . Fortunately, there are great aviation degree programs that are tailored to both pilots and non-pilots. When selecting a training program there two main considerations we will discuss. The first is a question …

February 23, 2016| 547

Know the Signs and Symptoms of Hypoxia and Avoid Becoming a Victim

Margie O’Connor Whether just learning to fly or a seasoned aviator, hypoxia does NOT discriminate. It doesn’t care if you have 15 hours of flight time and you’re still aspiring to get your Private Pilot’s License or if you’re a seasoned aviator with 12,000+ hours flying for a major airline .  Hypoxia lurks just around the corner, threatening to …

February 22, 2016| 640

Sport Pilot Training: Everything You Need to Know

John Peltier Want to fly around for simple travel and sightseeing but don’t have the resources to obtain a private pilot’s license ? Or perhaps you can’t get the medical certificate for your private pilot but can still safely operate an aircraft. Go through sport pilot training instead! What Can You Do as a Sport Pilot The sport pilot rating can be ver …

February 16, 2016| 314

The Cessna Training Program: Flight Training the Cessna Way

Shawn Arena So you have decided to not only begin flight training , but have focused on using Cessna aircraft and their associated Training Program. First a caveat – regardless of the type of aircraft and program selected, the main goal is training you safely, efficiently, (and as in this case) the use of a specific aircraft manufacturer’s best …

February 8, 2016| 533

Cessna Flight Training: Why Flight Schools Love Cessnas

Jennifer Roth It may seem odd and almost archaic these days that most initial flight training is done in a small aircraft like a single engine Cessna. Many times, students show up to tour a flight campus and they are often surprised at how small and “simple” the airplanes look. This, however, is an opinion that usually changes once they begin their …

February 5, 2016| 692

The Questions to Ask When Choosing a Flight School

Early in childhood, most of us were taught these basic types of questions and how to apply them in any given situation. When it comes to choosing a flight school, these old friends will not lead you astray. Selecting where to do your pilot training is a serious endeavor that can be tedious, confusing, and often overwhelming. My goal, however, is th …

January 27, 2016| 410

Accelerated Flight Training Versus Regular Flight Training

Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady When considering enrollment in a flight training facility that offers “accelerated flight training” courses that allow you to earn your private pilot’s license or other ratings, such as instrument, commercial or CFI/CFII (flight instructor) within a reduced timeframe [seemingly] in an attempt to save you time and money, re …

January 22, 2016| 806

6 Must Read Tips for Your First Airplane Flying Lessons

Spencer Martin Your first few airplane flying lessons are some of the most important and memorable you’ll ever have. Here’s how to make the most of your pre-solo airplane flight training . Get Your Hands on the Controls You learned to walk by walking. You learned to drive by driving, and flying is no different. It takes hours upon hours of hands-on exp …

January 14, 2016| 567

Mixing Airplanes and Helicopters: Safe VFR Airport Operations in Class G

Wilson Gilliam, Jr. A small, white helicopter floats across the sky, practicing different types of approaches to the Class G airport in Virginia. The student pilot pulls the red trigger switch on the cyclic, still timid with inexperience. “ November 2045 Romeo turning right base, 28, Hampton Roads Airport. ” The pilot of an incoming twin engine airplane …

January 13, 2016| 529

Smart Phones in Aviation: How Aviation Apps Affect Flying

Toni Mensching Smartphones have only been on the scene for a little over twenty years. That’s less than the average person. Yet, smartphones have changed the world. Aviation’s changing resulting from smartphone capabilities and aviation apps is undeniable. For better or for worse, smartphones are in almost every pilot’s hand. How pilots use this res …

January 12, 2016| 2

The Differences Between Helicopter Flying and Airplane Flying

Margie O’Connor When asked how helicopter flying is different from flying an airplane, my response has always been the same: it’s much more difficult to eat a sandwich while flying a helicopter, whereas, in a well-trimmed airplane, light finger pressure on the yoke is enough to hold the aircraft straight and level while eating a sandwich with …

January 9, 2016| 1

What to Expect When Earning Your Airplane Instrument Rating

John Peltier Congratulations, you just got your private pilot airplane license . You want to use this newfound freedom to fly to the family cabin in the next state, but there won’t be any VFR weather between here and there for the next week. Grounded. But what if you had your airplane instrument rating? Reasons for Getting Your Airplane Instrument Rat …

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