Proficiency

Creating an Emergency »

Flight instructors often note to the student, early in the training cycle, that there are back-up systems in case the primary equipment fails. However, using the backup system may require some skill and one wonders why a pilot would depart with the primary system inoperative. More

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The Temptation of the... »

Hey, who's to know if a CFI doesn't really fly with you? Where's the harm? More

Thunderstorm Safety »

As summer arrives and the days get longer, pilots may let their guard down when it comes to weather. Icing and large hail may certainly be less of a factor... More

Fixing Your Flare »

No matter how smooth and enjoyable the flight, your passengers always will remember the landing. Anything other than a single, bounce-free touchdown is ripe... More

Top Five Pre-Flight Mistakes »

The pre-flight inspection is something we learn about during our first flight lesson. We poke, prod, uncowl, measure and eyeball various fluids and... More

Landing Flaps: Full,... »

Want to start an argument on an online aviation forum or while having a $200 hamburger with your buds? Express an opinion on flap use on landing in a light... More

Automation Awry »

An increasing amount of instrument flying is done using technologically advanced airplanes and sophisticated avionics. Correct use of automation improves... More