July 16, 2019| 375

Upper Limit and AOPA are Teaming Up to Help Rusty Pilots

If you’re a rusty pilot, Upper Limit and AOPA can help get you safely back in the air! If you’re ready to get back in the air, but it’s been a while since you’ve been behind the controls, AOPA and ULA are here to help! On Saturday, August 10, we’ll be hosting a rusty pilot seminar aimed at helping you get current, and b …

June 30, 2016| 318

Understanding and Practicing Basic Flight Maneuvers

It’s important to understand the purpose behind teach and learning certain  basic flight maneuvers . Jennifer Roth With technology continually changing in the aviation world, flying airplanes has become more automated. With glass panel navigation to autopilot controls, the pilot can at times seem ALMOST not necessary. However, we all know that is …

May 23, 2016| 240

Rules of Thumb That Make Flying Planes Easier

You can make flying planes a little easier by applying a few different rules of thumb provided below. Vern Weiss There’s a lot of minutia and head work involved in flying planes and sometimes a pilot can get bogged down with the calculations and mental gymnastics required. “ East is least and West is best ” and “ Accelerate – North, Decelera …

May 11, 2016| 127

Why a Pre-Flight Discussion With Passengers Is Important

Don’t forget to take the Dramamine before you fly… not after. Shawn Arena This article highlights the importance of a dialogue with your first time and even seasoned passengers before flying , a sort of pre-flight discussion. You should be prepared to inform them of all aspects of the upcoming flight, and don’t forget to ask them about any concerns or …

April 5, 2016| 159

How Not To Impress a Friend With Carburetor Icing

Shawn Arena Welcome back for another installment of one of my ‘lessons learned’ stories from my personal flying experiences over the years. This particular story, about carburetor icing, could have just as well been sub-titled: “How do you un-declare an emergency?” A Beautiful Flying Day with a Beautiful Friend Our story this time takes place in the s …

April 1, 2016| 395

Do You Know How To Give PIREPs?

John Peltier Pilot reports (PIREPs) are an integral part of the aviation meteorological network. They’re used to assess the accuracy of weather reported by automated stations and instrumentation. Other pilots use them to make important decisions on the ground and in the air. FSS uses them to brief pilots. ATC uses PIREPs to sequence traffic around u …

March 21, 2016| 208

Quiz: How Do You Handle Aircraft Radio Communication Problems?

John Peltier You’re ten miles away from your home airport, inbound for landing, and you switch over to the AWOS for a weather check. Nothing. Must not be working. You get closer to the airport and dial up the control tower to inform them of your intentions. No response. After some troubleshooting, you determine that your radio is dead. What do you d …

February 23, 2016| 285

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| 278

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 …

January 9, 2016| 643

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 …

December 23, 2015| 1

VORs: Avoiding Confusion with the TO / FROM Flag

John Peltier If there’s one area of the Instrument Flying Course where most students struggle, it’s usually on the subject of VORs. For some reason, VORs are very mysterious, and for some reason many students have no motivation to learn them thanks to the capabilities of GPS! VORs are still important to learn – not just because they’re on the FAA tes …

October 13, 2015| 590 0

Pilot Shortage: What Should the Aviation Industry Do?

With a thirty-five percent increase in global travelers, there are more than half a million  aviation positions currently available for qualified pilots. The aviation industry is working hard to meet that demand, but experts are saying there may be a serious pilot shortage . Both fixed wing and helicopter pilots are required and, in addition, many pi …

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