Turn Coordinator Guide: What It Is and How to Use it to Avoid Slips and Skids

Turn Coordinator Guide: What It Is and How to Use it to Avoid Slips and Skids

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You might think you can wait until later to learn about turn coordinators and how to use them. After all, you just want to get up in the air, right? Not so fast. Patience young grasshopper.
Watch Your Attitude: A Complete Guide to Aircraft Attitude Indicators

Watch Your Attitude: A Complete Guide to Aircraft Attitude Indicators

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How’s your attitude? No, we’re not talking about your pilot mindset, though that is important too, and we do have some fun “punny” men’s and women’s bad attitude tees that embrace this classic play-on-words bit of pilot humor.
Heading Indicator: What it Is, How it Works, and What to Do if it Fails

Heading Indicator: What it Is, How it Works, and What to Do if it Fails

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You won’t get far if you don’t know where you’re going, and if you fly in the wrong direction, it could be disastrous. This is why an accurate directional device like a heading indicator is such an important aircraft instrument.
Special Use Airspace: How to Stay Out of Trouble When Flying in and Around It

Special Use Airspace: How to Stay Out of Trouble When Flying in and Around It

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You’ve learned about the different classes of airspace plus the rules for entering each, so you may think you’re all set and ready to fly, but not ...
A Nuts-and-Bolts Guide to Transponder Codes (Bonus: Squawk Code PDF)

A Nuts-and-Bolts Guide to Transponder Codes (Bonus: Squawk Code PDF)

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Today we’re digging into transponder codes and their usages. We will talk about the meanings of standard codes and emergency codes (plus which code...
Top 10 Flight Training Tools You Can’t Afford to Be Without

Top 10 Flight Training Tools You Can’t Afford to Be Without

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Are you a brand-new student pilot? Congratulations! As you count down to the first day of class, you’re probably wondering, “how do I prepare for pilot training?” and “what supplies are needed for flight school?”

10 Types of Altitude Explained: A Guide for Pilots

10 Types of Altitude Explained: A Guide for Pilots

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Altitude is simple. It’s just your height above the ground, right? Not if you’re a pilot. There are many types of altitude in aviation. New student...
Slip vs Skid: Which Turn Is More Dangerous [And How to Avoid It]

Slip vs Skid: Which Turn Is More Dangerous [And How to Avoid It]

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“Step on the ball!” You probably remember your flight instructor drilling this into you during initial flight training as a student pilot. When making a turn, we know that the ball (or white triangle if we’re flying a modern glass cockpit) of the turn coordinator is supposed to stay centered. If it’s off to the right or left, we are flying an uncoordinated turn and need to adjust our control inputs.

The Chandelle Maneuver: What it is and Why You Should Learn to Fly it

The Chandelle Maneuver: What it is and Why You Should Learn to Fly it

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You may not be an aerobatics pilot performing a Cuban Eight for a crowd of airshow spectators, but there are other less complex aerial maneuvers that we all can enjoy learning. One of our favorite skill-building maneuvers is a smooth, graceful, seemingly effortless climbing turn that our fellow pilots have been performing for over one hundred years. That’s right—we’re talking about the chandelle.
What is a Pilot in Command (PIC)?

What is a Pilot in Command (PIC)?

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When we think of the pilot in command, to us that usually means the person who is actually in the left seat flying the aircraft. This generalization is often true, but the details of who counts as the pilot in command (PIC) and when pilots can log pilot in command time, especially on a multi-pilot crew are not always that straightforward.

Aircraft Category and Class: What is the Difference Between Them?

Aircraft Category and Class: What is the Difference Between Them?

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What category and class of aircraft are you certified to fly? Now, what are the category and class of your private plane? One of the most confusing aspects of aircraft category and class designations is that there are actually two different sets of designations, depending on the frame of reference – pilot or aircraft.
Sport Pilot License: Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a Sport Pilot

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

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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.

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