How to pick a local flight altitude…

Let’s take a look at a quick double-lesson I like to share with students and experienced pilots alike. When it comes to cross country flights, the FAA provides excellent guidance on cruising altitudes, but what about for quick, short, local … Continue reading

Give Back & Support the Future!

The aviation world is an incredibly small, close-knit community, where it seems everyone knows everyone or at least knows someone else who knows someone. To this end, I’ve written in this space about an aircraft that connected a friend and … Continue reading

Be the Leader through CFI Professonalism

Being a flight instructor brings a lot with it including various responsibilities, many opportunities and a lot of fun! But there are a couple quick things that every flight instructor should strive to personify to provide the best training environment. … Continue reading

Advanced Aeronautical Charting: The Airport Icon

A quick glance at a sectional chart will show a plethora of information for pilots. One of the key items on all aeronautical charts is the airports… Most pilots know that airports with long runways are shown with a box-shaped … Continue reading

Winter Preflight – Be Prepared!

Today is the first official start to the winter season according to the calendar… Though I’d argue that “winter” has been here for a while in New England with the snow and well-below freezing temperatures we saw back in mid-November! … Continue reading

The Pickup Preflight

Pickup lines don’t usually work out too well, unless they’re extremely clever and delivered “on point”. The “pickup preflight” works in much the same way. Every now and then a flight doesn’t really start when we board the aircraft. As … Continue reading

Tales from the Pilot Journal: Learning to Fly Floats

2008 was a great year of flying for me, which means that during 2018, I’ve had a number of 10th anniversaries of various achievements. August 22nd it was earning my CFI, August 24th was my first flight as an instructor … Continue reading