Between Flight Lessons

A close friend of mine likes to say that one of the best values of a weekly flight lesson is the memory of the flight and the smile that it brings along. That friends is fellow ReviewBeforeFlight author Jim Quinn, who … Continue reading

Considerate Pilot: Coil the Ropes

Recently I saw a message thread by a flight instructor about “pet peeves.” Each flight instructor has their “very push-able buttons.” Rather than look at the idiosyncrasies that some pilots display which cause grief for others, the considerate pilot series … Continue reading

Flying Footwear

It’s one of those things that many people overlook, appropriate footwear for flying. It’s common for pilots to be prepared with survival kits if flying over barren areas or with jackets, hats and gloves when flying during the winter, but … Continue reading

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