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How to Acquire a Helicopter License (Step by Step)

How to Acquire a Helicopter License (Step by Step)

So, you want to earn a helicopter license but you’re not quite sure how to go about it? Maybe you have a fixed-wing license and want to branch out into rotor, or you are just starting out and are interested in eventually pursuing a career as a helicopter pilot. Either way, we’ve got you covered. Today we will walk you through the process and what to expect as you acquire a helicopter license.

Airplane Deicing: Why It’s a Crucial Step Before You Take Off

Airplane Deicing: Why It’s a Crucial Step Before You Take Off

Airplane deicing is an important procedure that must be done during winter weather conditions to safeguard your aircraft’s performance. A buildup of ice, snow, frost, or other contaminants, especially on critical areas like the wings and horizontal and vertical stabilizers is dangerous.

How to Become a Commercial Pilot (Step-By-Step) Guide

How to Become a Commercial Pilot (Step-By-Step) Guide

Flying for fun is great, but would it not be a wonderful feeling for both you and your pocketbook if you could get paid to do what you love? A commercial pilot certificate is the ticket to being eligible to fly for hire.

Graveyard Spiral: What is it and How Can You Avoid It?

Graveyard Spiral: What is it and How Can You Avoid It?

Graveyard spiral – even the name sounds deathly ominous. Clearly if you have the misfortune to enter this type of spin, your fate is already sealed and you are doomed, right? Not so fast. Is this scenario dangerous? Absolutely. Have many pilots including John F. Kennedy Jr. died after going into a graveyard spiral? Yes. Do you have to be one of them? Definitely not.

What’s a Cross-Control Stall? (Everything You Need to Know)

What’s a Cross-Control Stall? (Everything You Need to Know)

The cross-control stall has a deadly reputation, and for good reason. The AOPA’s Safety Institute researched various stall accidents and found that in nearly 80% of cross-control stall accidents, at least one person aboard the aircraft died. Those aren’t the kind of odds most of us would like to gamble on, so clearly some training and prevention is in order.
Understanding the Slow Flight Technique

Understanding the Slow Flight Technique

There has been a subtle but important shift in the definition of slow flight since 2018. Prior to 2018, the FAA considered slow flight to be an airspeed at which any further increase in angle of attack, increase in load factor or a reduction in power would result in an immediate stall.

10 Tips on How to Buy a Plane and Save Money

10 Tips on How to Buy a Plane and Save Money

“Buy a plane” and “save money.” Never thought you’d see those two phrases put together, did you? Now, to be fair, we’re not saying that buying a plane is likely to save you money as opposed to not buying a plane. We all know that’s not the case. The point is that when you’re in the market to buy a plane, it pays to do your homework and know how to save money on the purchase.

Does the Complex Plane Requirement Matter? (in 2020)

Does the Complex Plane Requirement Matter? (in 2020)

It used to be that if you wanted to earn your commercial pilot certificate (CPL) with single-engine rating or your certified flight instructor certificate (CFI) with single-engine rating, you had to fly a complex plane for your check ride.

How to Become a Flight Attendant with No Experience (Guide)

How to Become a Flight Attendant with No Experience (Guide)

You dream of a life of adventure, of getting paid to travel the world accumulating stamps in your passport and photos for your Instagram page. So how are you going to make that dream a reality? It’s the question you secretly dread. After all, you aren’t an Instagram influencer, a well-known travel writer, or the recipient of a generous trust fund. Working on a cruise ship is out because just taking a water taxi ride is enough to make you nauseous.  You don’t have a pilot’s license and you have no experience as a flight attendant. What’s left?

History: The Cessna 170B and Its’ Specifications

History: The Cessna 170B and Its’ Specifications

Imagine you have designed an excellent aircraft. It’s reliable, economical and requires minimal maintenance. Customers love it. There’s just one problem – your plane is a two-place design, and your company doesn’t yet have the strong four-place offering that customers are looking for. What do you do? Simply stretch the design, add two seats, and make a couple of tweaks for weight and balance, right?

Sport Pilot License: Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a Sport Pilot

Sport Pilot License: Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a Sport Pilot

The sport pilot license, or certificate, is the FAA’s newest addition to the pilot certificate line-up. Developed in 2007, the purpose of the sport pilot certificate is to make flying more affordable and easily available to everyone. Now students who aren’t yet able to afford the time investment or cost of a private pilot license have a quick and inexpensive alternative.

Flight Instructor: How to Become a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

Flight Instructor: How to Become a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

Think about this for a moment: who taught the first pilots how to fly? “Ground school” for the Wright brothers may have consisted of studying available information from balloon pilots and other sources, then extrapolating their best theories on how that would apply to fixed wing flight. Their “flight training” was a self-taught process of testing theories and learning from failures.

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