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

3 Things Every Pilot Needs to Know About… Inspecting the Prop

There are only a few airfoils on each aircraft… The wings, the horizontal stabilizer/elevator or stabilator, and the propeller blades. The majority of small general aviation aircraft operate with a two-bladed proper. However, for a variety of reasons, a good … Continue reading

3 Things Every Pilot Needs to Know About… Effective Preflight Passenger Briefings

One of the great benefits of having a pilot’s license is the ability to take friends and family members for airplane rides! But there are a couple of things that a prudent pilot will cover with them before even starting … Continue reading

Where are your Headsets?

While I usually aim to provide thought-provoking content, rich with information, details and explanation, there are also some topics that don’t require quite as much… Basically, some simple concepts I learned by being “dumb.” Now I can share these for … 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