Pro Tip: Use the Edge of the Checklist

An airplane’s propeller is a vital component, without it you’re not going anywhere… When it comes to the preflight inspection there are multiple inspection items related to the propeller. As much as flying requires dedication and commitment, it shouldn’t take … Continue reading

The Silent Pre-Flight

In 1981, the FAA enacted 14 CFI 121.542 and 14 CFR 135.10.  These new regulations that effect Part 121 and Part 135 operations, limited, among other things, nonessential communications in the cockpit, as you can see from the excerpt below: … Continue reading

Fly the PAPI at night

Next time you go flying and you’re landing on a runway equipped with a Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI), make your approach to follow the PAPI. Once you’re established on the final approach leg of the traffic pattern take a … Continue reading

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