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7 Best Single Pilot Jets Available in 2020

7 Best Single Pilot Jets Available in 2020

Are you in the market for a private or business jet? While you’ve been reviewing your options, you’ve probably noticed that many jets require a two-person crew. Of course, that second pilot increases your operating expenses. Imagine the savings of being free to hire just one pilot rather than two for your travel needs.

What’s VFR Flight Following? (The Essential Need-To-Knows)

What’s VFR Flight Following? (The Essential Need-To-Knows)

VFR flight following – everyone tells you how useful it can be and what a great resource it is, but you just don’t use it. You aren’t even entirely sure how it works. You don’t know what to say to set it up and don’t want to sound like a newbie on the radio if you make a mistake. You wish you had a better understanding of what it is plus when and how to use it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Composite Aircraft: 4 Popular Composite Aircraft Built to Date

Composite Aircraft: 4 Popular Composite Aircraft Built to Date

Materials have come a long way since the Wright Brothers first flew on wings that consisted of muslin fabric wrapped over a steam-bent wooden framework. 

Draco Airplane: The Greatest Bush Plane Ever Built

Draco Airplane: The Greatest Bush Plane Ever Built

In its just over 1 year of life, a custom-built plane named Draco became the stuff of legend. Garmin called it “a bush plane reaching new extremes.” Plane&Pilot suggested that this “beast of a bush plane” just may be “the coolest airplane in the world.” They even went so far as to refer to Draco as “the ultimate fixed-wing helicopter.”