Use the UNICOM!

An airport is an airport, but that doesn’t mean you know everything about it… There is help out there, for free, and sometimes it’s very useful! The UNICOM is a tool that many pilots overlook all too frequently. The purpose … Continue reading

Let’s Talk Energy Management

Energy management can be something that we as aviators may subconsciously know about, but not necessarily know explicitly. One of the most basic fundamentals of flight is how we manage the energy of the airplane. Too much energy, it’s almost impossible to … Continue reading

Often Overlooked, Runway Width

Smart pilots review the runway lengths before visiting an airport to see if the runways are long enough for their planned operation. Early in flight training performance considerations come up and one that is big on the written exam as well … Continue reading

The Pressure is on: Aircraft Wheels

It’s winter now, whether you’re in New England, the midwest, the plains, the West Coast or even in Florida! The temperatures are decreasing and the cooler to frigid winter weather is upon us for the next few months (okay, maybe … Continue reading

Pro Tip… Warm Headsets

The forecast low temperature in Central Florida tonight is 35 degrees. Yes, it gets cold in Florida every now and then… you better believe if it’s going to be in the mid-thirties here it’s going to be cold across most … Continue reading

Unlocking the Smooth Steep Turn with Sunflower Seeds!

Each time I visit a convenience store the sunflower seeds always get a second look. Very rarely do I chew sunflower seeds anymore, but there was a time when the opposite was the case. It was a very common occurrence … Continue reading

3 Things Every Pilot Needs to Know About… Getting Ready for a Summer Flight

Summer means warm temperatures, sunshine and beach days for many folks. Since moving to Florida, I’ve come to know a whole new level of heat, not necessarily temperatures that are much more extreme, but rather extended periods (days, weeks, months) … Continue reading

Wearing a hat while flying…

This is one of those topics that can incite a little bit of passion depending on where pilots fall on the issue. Some pilots consistently wear baseball style caps while flying. Let’s face it, it’d be pretty difficult, if not … Continue reading