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… Rental Checkout Flights

There comes a time when pilots spread there wings in new places. Sometimes this is done by taking a plane and going on a long journey… The other option is renting an airplane while you are away on a trip! … 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

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

Real Life General Aviation Training

“Real Life General Aviation Training” is an article I wrote, which appeared in the January/February issue of Mentor magazine. Mentor is the official publication of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI). My aim with this piece was to highlight … 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

Getting to Know Christi Ellis, 99’s Eastern New England Chapter Chair

There are a variety of groups in aviation, each with a unique purpose. Most groups work to advance the aviation community, make it easier & more cost effective to fly and aim to inspire new pilots. Some groups do a … 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

A Pilot’s Logbook is MORE than just a Record of Flight Time!

Short of buying an airplane, the most expensive aviation item any pilot will own is their logbook. The value of each hour recorded in that book added together after 1 year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years and … Continue reading

IM SAFE, are you safe?

My favorite topic to teach in any ground school is Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM). Not only is ADM the most interesting topic on any ground school syllabus, it is literally the MOST important too! One of the pilot self-assessment tools that … Continue reading