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Read the latest blog posts from our team of flight instructors and pilots. Every week, we share tips and tricks, helpful resources and personal training stories.

 
  • One checklist that works in every airplane

    One checklist that works in every airplane

    Do you fly the airplane, or is your checklist really the PIC? It may sound funny, but an awful lot of pilots are slaves to their checklists, blindly following them as if it’s a set of assembly instructions for a piece of furniture. You can and should do better.

     
     
  • Getting Back Into Flying

    Getting Back Into Flying

    In my position, I talk to all sorts of pilots looking for flight training.  The largest group is not Private pilots looking to add an instrument rating, or a brand […]

     
     
  • Flexible Flyer

    Earlier this year, I wrote about my family’s plans to take a number of mini-vacations during the summer centered on our enjoyment of roller coasters and amusement parks.  Now that […]

     
     
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  • Hangarside chat with Hal Shevers

    Hangarside chat with Hal Shevers

    Standing next to my favorite airplane inspires me to recall a few of my favorite flights. This old, red Aztec has taken my friends, family and me to such far-flung places as Caracas, Newfoundland, Cabo and Kelowna. I now realize it was because of the training I received (and a lot of good luck) that I have been afforded the opportunity to go to those places–and cherish those memories.

     
     
  • 4 Tips for Effective Study

    4 Tips for Effective Study

    There’s no hiding the fact that earning a pilot certificate will most certainly involve some study.  While certain topics will come easier for some, we all will face unique challenges […]

     
     
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  • The art of cross country travel by light airplane

    The art of cross country travel by light airplane

    As student pilots and newly-minted private pilots, we spend most of our time in the traffic pattern or the practice area. It’s all about the process, not enjoying the ride or the destination. But once you earn your license, it’s critical to throw off those shackles, get out and travel!

     
     
  • Defining Night

    Defining Night

    Perhaps only in aviation could we come up with three different, and sometimes confusing, definitions for the same word, Night.  These three definitions are often a source of confusion for […]

     
     
 
 

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