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

So you want to learn to fly?

Well, congratulations and welcome to the greatest activity known to man. It is demanding, costly and takes some serious effort, but it is so totally worth it! If you’re worried about cost, keep in mind learning to fly isn’t really … Continue reading

3 Things Every Pilot Needs to Know About… Communication at Non-Towered Airports

Pilots can be grouped, divided and described by many features, qualities, etc… One of these descriptors is whether the pilot learned to fly at an airport with a control tower or if the pilot learned to fly at an airport … Continue reading

3 Things Every Pilot Needs to Know About… Efficient Control Tower Communications

There are a few simple, yet often overlooked things that pilots can do to make their communications with control towers more effective, efficient and easier! You’ve probably heard the old aviation adage that a pilot short be ahead of the … Continue reading

3 Things Every Pilot Needs to Know About… Descents!

Maybe it’s because I am constantly assessing risk, but when I see student pilots who make their first solo in 10, 12 even 15 hours, I often wonder if the student is really prepared… The physical muscle memory associated with … Continue reading

The 5 Benefits of Flight Simulator X for IFR Pilots

Flight Simulator X can help you earn, and keep your Instrument Rating. Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X is an under recognized, easy to use masterpiece. If you are training for your instrument rating, or are looking for a less expensive way to … Continue reading

Find the RIGHT Flight Instructor

Would you buy a car without taking it out on the road for a test drive? I didn’t think so… Well picking a flight instructor is essentially the same thing. Earning a pilot certificate is a big investment, maybe not … Continue reading

Becoming a Flight Instructor: Learning to Teach

Learning to become a flight instructor is about a lot more than flying and aeronautical knowledge… Getting up and taking command of a large group of people can definitely be scary to someone who has never done it before, or … Continue reading

3 Things Every (Student) Pilot Needs to Know About… Selecting a Flight Instructor

Training with the right flight instructor makes all the difference when it comes to flight training success. Any flight training, initial or advanced is an investment of your time and recourses. Before embarking on that journey it is important to … Continue reading

Students, HAVE a Mentor. Pilots, BE a Mentor!

Do you remember your journey to a pilot’s license? Are you mid-training now? Thinking about taking lessons? A mentor for a student pilot is one of the most important resources beyond the flight instructor. There is so much information and … Continue reading