Proficiency

Short- And Soft-Field Landings »

Obstructions, sand, mud, wandering animals and other surprises like the end of the runway rushing up to meet you...these are just some of the hazards common to short and soft fields. We all think we're trained for them, but there's a big difference between training and reality. I'm not knocking what CFIs teach or what's required on the practical tests, but what you learned in your training may be insufficient to prepare you for the real thing. More

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Too Laid Back? »

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Stupid Pilot Tricks »

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Old Aviation Truths for a... »

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Your Margin of Safety? »

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Dissecting The PIO »

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