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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

    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 […]

     
     
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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.

     
     
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  • 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.

     
     
 
 

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