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  • Out with the Old, In with the New

    Out with the Old, In with the New

    Recently, the FAA formally announced that they would be removing a number of test questions from the Private Pilot Knowledge Test. These test questions included a number of weather related questions concerning Radar Summary Charts and TWEBs (Transcribed Weather Broadcast).
    This notice from the FAA got me thinking about these and some other weather products that have gone away in the last few years and what has come along to serve the same or a similar purpose. I’ll touch on the TWEB and Radar Summary Chart in this post and perhaps touch on some others in a future post.

     
     
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  • How to pause, rewind and replay your flight lessons

    How to pause, rewind and replay your flight lessons

    It’s no secret that the airplane cockpit doesn’t provide the best classroom experience in the air. With new technology though you can easily record the audio, video and GPS flight track from each flight to better debrief with your instructor and get more out of each flight lesson.

     
     
  • Flight training and the iPad – webinar video

    Flight training and the iPad – webinar video

    Can you use an iPad during flight training? The answer is almost always yes, but a smart pilot should understand when and how to integrate technology into the learning process. Sporty’s recently hosted a webinar on the topic, which offers over an hour of tips for pilot new to the iPad.

     
     
  • When all else fails, FTFA!

    When all else fails, FTFA!

    One of aviation’s defining characteristics is its acronyms. FAR, ILS, PTS, WAAS and hundreds more fill our flying conversations, and often confuse new pilots. At the risk of adding to the confusion, I’d like to suggest one more, but it won’t be on the Knowledge Test. FTFA, loosely translated to Fly The Freaking Airplane, has come in handy dozens of times over the course of my flying career.

     
     
  • Wake Turbulence Avoidance

    Wake Turbulence Avoidance

    If you are like most students in the country, you are likely training at a smaller, pilot controlled (non-towered) airport.  There are many benefits to training at these smaller airports […]

     
     
  • Seven winter weather flying tips

    Seven winter weather flying tips

    As the season transitions from fall to winter and the temperature is consistently below freezing, unique challenges are presented to pilots. Flight training doesn’t need to stop in the winter […]

     
     
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  • The dreaded pre-flight, and how to do it well

    The dreaded pre-flight, and how to do it well

    I’ve never liked the pre-flight inspection. It’s like the salad course before a steak dinner–sure, it’s good for you, but all it does is prevent you from getting to the good stuff. But if I could give some advice, it would be short and sweet: “Get over it.”

     
     
 
 

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