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  • What Is an Airworthiness Directive?

    What Is an Airworthiness Directive?

    Understanding airworthiness directives is vital for every pilot, especially airplane owners. Many people are familiar with recalls in the car world. Car makers work with their mechanics to develop service bulletins when a problem is noticed. If it’s a safety issue, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may get involved and require that all cars…

  • The Differences Between Parts 91, 121, and 135

    The Differences Between Parts 91, 121, and 135

    In this post I’ll cover the differences between Part 91 vs 121 vs 135. It’s not uncommon to hear a DPE say, “Here is your ticket to learn more,” as they hand you your shiny new pilot certificate. A career as a pilot is one in which you are perpetually learning.  While it’s just one…

  • Airplane Lights and What They Mean

    Airplane Lights and What They Mean

    In this article we’re going to cover exactly what airplane lights mean. An important part of a pilot’s job is flipping switches.  Not only does flipping switches look cool, but flipping the right switch at the right time is one thing that separates the good pilots from the great ones. Some of those switches control…

  • What Airplanes Can You Fly Without a Pilot License?

    What Airplanes Can You Fly Without a Pilot License?

    In this article I’ll cover exactly what airplanes you can fly without a pilot license. Love aviation but not sure you want to go through the time and expense of getting your pilot’s license? Believe it or not, there is a class of airplanes you can own and fly without one—ultralights. Ultralights aren’t the biggest…

  • How Much Do Airplanes Cost? 

    How Much Do Airplanes Cost? 

    What pilot hasn’t dreamed about owning their own plane?  Imagine driving to the airport ramp and pulling up to your craft, hopping in, and flying wherever you like, whenever you like. Can the fantasy ever be a reality for most of us?  Obviously, planes are expensive items.  But with some research and planning, you might…

  • Southwest Airlines Destination 225º Pathway Program

    Southwest Airlines Destination 225º Pathway Program

    In this article we’ll take a look at the Southwest Destination 225 pathway program. As an airline pilot, I looked into just about every airline sponsored pilot training program available. And that includes researching the Southwest Destination 225 program. There are a handful of companies that people just want to work for. They have a…

  • 11 Best Online Ground Schools

    11 Best Online Ground Schools

    In this post I’m going to share the best online ground schools available in 2023. The age of online learning is here. While you can’t (yet) take flight lessons from the comfort of your home, there is a ton of learning you can do between flight lessons at the airport.  Online ground schools allow pilots…

  • 7 Private Pilot Books to Make You a Better Pilot

    7 Private Pilot Books to Make You a Better Pilot

    In this post, I’m going to share 7 private pilot books that will help you prepare for and pass your FAA knowledge exam and practical test. When trying to pick the best books for private pilots to purchase, I recommend first checking with your flight school. They may have some they’ll include in your training…

  • United Aviate Academy Program – Become a United Airlines Pilot

    United Aviate Academy Program – Become a United Airlines Pilot

    In this article we’ll take a look at the United Aviate Academy program. United Aviate is a pilot pathway program built for pilots looking to fly for United. The program combines several pathways for prospects to follow and offers mentorship and travel benefits to pilots. The Aviate Program is only available after training at or…

  • How to Become a Pilot: A Step-by-Step Guide

    How to Become a Pilot: A Step-by-Step Guide

    This article is here to teach you how to become a pilot and give you a more complete understanding of how long it will take, your eligibility, and the cost. People reach out to us nearly every day asking how do I become a pilot? So whether you’re looking to become an airline captain one day or…

  • Delta Propel – Pilot Career Path Program

    Delta Propel – Pilot Career Path Program

    In this article I’ll share specific details about the Delta Propel program. Delta is well-regarded as an airline, but the Atlanta-based carrier is also regularly named as one of the top companies to work for. Delta is proud of this fact and spends time selecting employees who are passionate about the company and who share…

  • Boeing vs Airbus: Showdown of the Giants

    Boeing vs Airbus: Showdown of the Giants

    In this article I’m going to compare the two largest aircraft makers Boeing vs Airbus. All great stories revolve around a conflict. Just look at our day-to-day lives: Gearheads debate which is the best muscle car, shutterbugs compare Nikon to Canon, and everyone has an opinion on iPhone vs. Android or Pepsi vs. Coke.  So,…

  • How To Calculate Density Altitude

    How To Calculate Density Altitude

    In this article I’m going to teach you how to calculate density altitude. The earthbound among us have a very black-and-white view of altitude. It’s just how high the airplane is flying, right?  Well, pilots know there’s a lot more to that story! There’s true altitude, indicated altitude, and absolute altitude! Those tell the pilot…

  • Finding the Best Airline to Work for As a Pilot 

    Finding the Best Airline to Work for As a Pilot 

    Trying to pick the best airline to work for as a pilot? As someone who recently went through this process and has started working as an airline pilot I’ll share my advice for making the choice. Many pilots set out on their careers with an airline in mind—their dream job, flying for their dream carrier.…

  • The Best GoPro Mounts for Airplanes — A Guide to Filming Your Flights

    The Best GoPro Mounts for Airplanes — A Guide to Filming Your Flights

    In this guide I’ll share exactly what you need to use to record videos in flight and share the best GoPro mounts for airplanes. GoPros and action cameras are fun ways to share your aviation adventure. Whether you’re shooting content for your followers or just documenting your aerial adventures for posterity, the GoPro was designed…

  • How Much Does a Cessna 172 Skyhawk Cost: An in Depth Look

    How Much Does a Cessna 172 Skyhawk Cost: An in Depth Look

    The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is among the most popular and iconic airplanes for aspiring pilots and seasoned aviators alike.  Since you’re thinking about purchasing one let’s go through the overall cost of the airplane as well as the maintenance and other expenses you may not be thinking of. Cessna 172 Purchase Options New Cessna 172…

  • Rudder: What is it, and How Does it Work?

    Rudder: What is it, and How Does it Work?

    “More right rudder!” Who among us hasn’t heard those words, the favorite phrase of flight instructors everywhere?  To better appreciate your instructor’s sentiments, here’s a deep dive into all things rudder. What is the rudder, what does it do, and why is it there? And, for goodness sake, why is my CFI so wound up…

  • Flaps – What are They, and How Do They Work?

    Flaps – What are They, and How Do They Work?

    Anyone who has flown on an airliner and looked out over the wing during flight is probably familiar with flaps. They come out of the wing, a sure sign that you’re slowing down for landing. The wing grows and changes shape in fascinating ways. Not all planes have flaps, but most do. And while the…

  • What are the Best Flight Simulator Controls – Yokes, Throttles, and Rudder Pedals

    What are the Best Flight Simulator Controls – Yokes, Throttles, and Rudder Pedals

    Here’s a look at the best flight simulator controls for an at-home simulator. There are others, of course–especially on the high end, for use at training facilities. But this sampling will get you started. With the suggestions made here, you can make your home simulator into anything you want it to be. Our previous articles…

  • Elevator: What Is It and How Does It Work? 

    Elevator: What Is It and How Does It Work? 

    The elevator is arguably the most important of the three primary flight controls. It is, after all, the one that gets you up off the ground. And once you’re off the ground, it’s the one that makes the aircraft stable and keeps you flying at your altitude. It’s one of the basic components of flight.…