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

The Pilot’s iPad Form Factor Choice

When I started learning to fly almost two decades ago the “standard” items in a pilot’s flight bag included some steady standbys. These included items such as a fuel sample cup, headset and aeronautical chart. Many of the contents of … 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

Eye of the Storm: Winter Monster

Howling winds, crashing waves, blinding whiteouts, feet of snow. Currently, this Tuesday the 14th, New England is being pummeled with conditions like these. For a student pilot, or even an airline pilot, it will be a pretty easy go/no go … 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

Sending Students Solo, A Flight Instructor’s Checklist

It’s a beautiful spring day. Temperatures are mild, the wind is light, and the sky is a bright crystal blue. Today, your student is going up for their first-ever solo flight. You tell them to “have fun!” You shut the … 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