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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.

  • Mind thy airspeed

    Mind thy airspeed

    At the end of the day, is there a single skill that is most important? One that would, if mastered, have the greatest impact on your ability to fly safely? I think there are actually two, one mental and one physical.

  • A Tale of Two Trips

    This summer, my family and I have decided to take a number of mini-vacations centered around our enjoyment of roller coasters and amusement parks.

    During the month of June, we have had the opportunity to visit 2 parks outside of our home park.

    On one trip, we elected to use a general aviation airplane; on the other, we elected to drive our mini-van. This blog will compare those trips.

  • Always Have an Out

    Always Have an Out

    I always have a plan B. Typically, when flying, I also prefer to have a plan C and D in case of an emergency or if things don’t go according […]

  • Logistics


    Logistics We have all seen the commercials for a brown-clad air freight company touting its mastery of “Logistics.”  What does that mean and how does it relate to your flying?  […]

  • Log your flights with photos and video

    Log your flights with photos and video

    We’re all required to log our flight times and landings to prove FAA currency, but this only tells part of the story of a flight. Here you’ll learn how you can record a more memorable experience from your flight by using a smartphone or portable cockpit camera to capture the sights and sounds.

  • Question authority – and ATC

    Question authority – and ATC

    Many new pilots regard Air Traffic Controllers with a mix of respect and fear. So it’s only natural that we trust them and want to follow their instructions no matter what. But as Ben Franklin famously said, “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”

  • Time to Review

    Time to Review

    Earlier this week, I was talking to a few students from my Fundamentals of Instructing class about a presentation that they have to do for my class. The presentation requires […]

  • Non-Towered Airport Ops Briefing

    Non-Towered Airport Ops Briefing

    The pending closure of 149 contract control towers as a result of the FAA’s sequestration plan has brought the issue (or non-issue) of non-towered airport operations to the forefront. For […]




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