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  • More Out with the Old, In with the New

    More Out with the Old, In with the New

    In aviation, change comes slowly from the FAA and sometimes more slowly from its users. The Lifted Index Analysis / K-Index Analysis chart was a useful product in its day. It has essentially become a relic of history but this twice a day product of historical data has been replaced with faster and easier to interpret products. Find out more here.

     
     
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  • Don’t say that! 5 phrases to avoid when flying with passengers

    Don’t say that! 5 phrases to avoid when flying with passengers

    Sometimes it’s the little things that matter most. A great example is the words we use in the cockpit. Talking is a great way to dispel some fears for a new flyer, but be careful: casual statements can have a powerful effect. Here are five things you shouldn’t say in the cockpit when you’re flying with passengers.

     
     
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  • Make Better Landings

    Make Better Landings

    Proper planning prevents poor performance.  I’m not sure who to credit with the adage, but it very much applies to consistent landings. A good landing starts with good planning and […]

     
     
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  • Home Simulator Flying & Flight Training

    Home Simulator Flying & Flight Training

    Home computer flight simulation technology has made impressive leaps forward over the past 10 years. Finally, stock software made by companies like Microsoft and X-Plane allow for at-home flight simulation […]

     
     
  • The two bucket theory

    The two bucket theory

    Many “seasoned” pilots reason a new flight student arrives for their first lesson with two buckets.  One holds the student’s flying experience, which is empty.  The other holds the student’s […]

     
     
  • 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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