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Affordable Personal Aircraft to Fit Your Budget (2020 Guide)

Affordable Personal Aircraft to Fit Your Budget (2020 Guide)

While we all wish we had unlimited funds and that price was no factor in our choice of personal aircraft, the reality is that most would-be aircraft owners must stick within a certain budget when choosing their next plane.

Pitot-Static System: How does it work?

Pitot-Static System: How does it work?

The pitot-static system is a pressure-based aircraft system that measures and compares ram air pressure and static pressure. That data is then transmitted to aircraft instruments in the cockpit, giving the pilot information on aircraft altitude, airspeed and vertical speed.

Pivotal Altitude Explained (Everything You Need to Know)

Pivotal Altitude Explained (Everything You Need to Know)

Pivotal altitude is the specific altitude at which, when an airplane turns at a given groundspeed, from the pilot’s point of view, the plane’s wingtip seems to pivot around a single fixed reference point on the ground.

Tailplane Stall: The Aerodynamics & How You Can Recover

Tailplane Stall: The Aerodynamics & How You Can Recover

Usually when we talk about airplane stalls, we are referencing aerodynamic wing stalls. A lesser discussed and potentially more lethal type of aerodynamic stall is a tailplane stall. As a pilot, it’s important to understand the unique situations in play leading up to and during a tailplane stall so that you can successfully prevent, recognize, and recover from these dangerous types of stalls.

Do Planes Fly Over the North Pole? (Transpolar Flights)

Do Planes Fly Over the North Pole? (Transpolar Flights)

We have been fooled by the atlas. Its two-dimensional presentation of Earth causes us to think about international travel from a west to east perspective. Hong Kong, for example, is east of New York.

Aircraft Brakes: The Ultimate Guide for Airplane Brakes

Aircraft Brakes: The Ultimate Guide for Airplane Brakes

If you’re designing an aircraft that travels at speeds capable of generating sustained flight, it only stands to reason that you would build in some sort of means of stopping said craft when it returns to the ground, right?

Aircraft Fuel System Design: The Breakdown

Aircraft Fuel System Design: The Breakdown

We get it-you're not an aircraft mechanic. Your usual level of involvement with your aircraft’s fuel system may be the cringe you make as you pull out your wallet to finance yet another fill-up. Still, it doesn’t hurt for us to build our knowledge base and improve our ability to do some basic troubleshooting if something goes wrong.

Airplane Stall: The Dangerous Truth About It

Airplane Stall: The Dangerous Truth About It

Everyone who holds at least a private pilot’s license has had to learn about and practice recovering from stalls. You may recall that during ground school, you were taught about angle of attack, critical angle of attack and various types of stalls.

Acquiring an FAA Dispatcher License - Learn What it Takes

Acquiring an FAA Dispatcher License - Learn What it Takes

In the aviation industry, there are plenty of meaningful careers outside of being a pilot, and one of them is being a dispatcher.

Easiest Planes to Fly For Anyone (With a Pilot License)

Easiest Planes to Fly For Anyone (With a Pilot License)

Before we get into our list of the easiest planes to fly, it is only fair to point out that the concept of ease of flying is inherently subjective. Yes, there are certain characteristics that most pilots will look for and most designers will incorporate on an aircraft that is easy to fly, but there is no universal checklist. We are all different and our perceptions of the relative ease of flying a given aircraft will vary.

Special Flight Permit AKA Ferry Permits (Understand The Essentials) - Pilot Mall

Special Flight Permit AKA Ferry Permits (Understand The Essentials) - Pilot Mall

You can’t fly an aircraft that’s not airworthy — it’s the law. This rather black-and-white statement about safe aviation makes sense. But, in reality, the world is not black-and-white. Situations arise that may require you to move a plane that does not meet the legal definition for airworthy. 

Maneuvering Speed: A Full Comprehensive Guide

Maneuvering Speed: A Full Comprehensive Guide

Fair warning – if you think you are fully confident in your understanding of maneuvering speed, the article you are about to read may rock your world. When you research this topic, it quickly becomes apparent that many pilots think they have a solid grasp on the concept, but when asked to explain it, the certainty breaks down in the details. Even an understanding based on FAA documentation can get convoluted and confusing.