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8 Reasons Why Getting the Multi-Engine Rating is Important

8 Reasons Why Getting the Multi-Engine Rating is Important

Perhaps you, like many other pilots, have been on the fence about whether you should get a multi-engine rating. You may be wondering what the advantages are and if it is worth it. Maybe you don’t know how long it takes to earn a multi-engine rating and are unfamiliar with the process.

What’s a Touch and Go Landing and Why It’s Used?

What’s a Touch and Go Landing and Why It’s Used?

Non-pilots sometimes see aircraft come in for a landing, briefly touch down to the runway, and then just as quickly accelerate and take back off. These non-aviators are often confused by the maneuver and wonder what the pilot was doing. Fellow pilots will recognize that the aircraft was executing a touch and go landing.

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.

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.