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  • FAA Medical Certificates — What’s the Difference Between Them?

    FAA Medical Certificates — What’s the Difference Between Them?

    One of your first tasks as a new student pilot is to get your first FAA medical exam. The result of the exam—hopefully—is to be issued an FAA medical certificate. Basically, it’s a certificate that says the doctor found you fit to fly.  However, there are several different types of FAA medical certificates. What’s the…

  • A New Pilot’s Guide to NOTAMS

    A New Pilot’s Guide to NOTAMS

    In this article we’re going to dive deep into NOTAMS, or Notices to Air Missions. FAR Part 91.103 states that a pilot must “become familiar with all available information concerning that flight,” and that’s a lot of information! We all know to check the weather and check the aircraft. But how are we supposed to…

  • The 3 Principle Airplane Axes—Controlling Pitch, Roll, and Yaw

    The 3 Principle Airplane Axes—Controlling Pitch, Roll, and Yaw

    Here’s a look at the three principal airplane axes, how the plane moves around them, and how a pilot controls everything.  One of the unique things about learning to fly an aircraft is that it moves in three dimensions. To understand how this works, we describe the airplane moving around three axes—an axis for each…

  • 7 Best Pilot Sunglasses | Find the Right Sunglasses for Flying

    7 Best Pilot Sunglasses | Find the Right Sunglasses for Flying

    In this article I’m going to share the best pilot sunglasses you can buy to truly enjoy flying. Every pilot needs a great pair of sunglasses. In fact, they’re one of the most critical pieces of equipment a pilot owns. Pilots always have to keep their heads on a swivel, and squinting is not an…

  • Best iPad for Pilots

    Best iPad for Pilots

    In this article I’ll help you pick the best aviation iPad for your flying situation. Tablet computers are everywhere these days, but there are few places where they are more valuable than in the cockpit of an airplane. Specifically, Apple’s iPad tablets have carved a niche for themselves with outstanding reliability, amazing apps, and a…

  • 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 a rudder, what does it do, and why is it there? And, for goodness sake, why is my CFI so wound up…

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

    Airplane 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. But after watching this you may be asking yourself, what do…

  • What Are the Best Flight Simulators? Microsoft Flight Simulator vs. X-Plane

    What Are the Best Flight Simulators? Microsoft Flight Simulator vs. X-Plane

    Flight simulators can be great aids to help you with flight training. No matter what type of computer you have at home, you can download one of these programs and get flying in moments. Among the most sought-after comparisons in this virtual aviation world is X Plane 12 vs Microsoft Flight Simulator, highlighting the rivalry…

  • Mesa Airlines Pilot Salary | How to get a job as a Mesa Pilot

    Mesa Airlines Pilot Salary | How to get a job as a Mesa Pilot

    Considering a career as a pilot for Mesa Airlines? In this article we’ll explore what it’s like to work as a pilot for Mesa, what the Mesa pilot pay scale looks like, and help you figure out if Mesa Airlines is where you want to work as a pilot. Mesa Airlines Pilots Pay Just like…

  • PSA Airlines Pilot Salary | How to Get a Job as a PSA Airlines Pilot

    PSA Airlines Pilot Salary | How to Get a Job as a PSA Airlines Pilot

    Navigating the career path of a pilot involves understanding the various factors that influence compensation, especially within regional airlines like PSA Airlines. This article aims to shed light on PSA Airlines pilot pay, from the initial stages as a First Officer to the leadership role of a Captain. By examining the pay scales and considering…

  • Allegiant Pilot Salary | How to Get a Job as a Pilot at Allegiant Air

    Allegiant Pilot Salary | How to Get a Job as a Pilot at Allegiant Air

    In this article we’ll cover the basics of Allegiant pilot salaries, the steps to becoming a pilot at Allegiant, and some general information about the airline. Whether you’re just starting to explore the idea of flying or you’re already working towards becoming a pilot, this article will give you a clearer picture of the opportunities…

  • Pre-Flight Perfection: Performing the Cessna 172 Preflight Checklist

    Pre-Flight Perfection: Performing the Cessna 172 Preflight Checklist

    Sometimes called the walk-around, the Cessna 172 preflight checklist is the initial inspection a pilot makes of the aircraft right before they take it flying. It’s a vital safety check to ensure that that plane is airworthy–that is, it has everything it legally needs to fly and is in good condition to do so.  Most…

  • What Are Regional Airlines?

    What Are Regional Airlines?

    One term you often hear within the airline industry is “regional airline.” Regional airlines operate all over the country, yet many members of the flying public are unaware of their existence. Here’s a look at what the term means and which airlines fit the definition. Let’s also look at what regional airlines mean for those…

  • Understanding the Pilot Shortage: A Career Outlook for Aviators

    Understanding the Pilot Shortage: A Career Outlook for Aviators

    At this point you’ve probably heard a news story about the current pilot shortage. And it’s a well-known fact in the aviation industry—we’re in the midst of the largest pilot shortage in history. Many pilots are reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65, while at the same time, airlines are expanding their operations and need…

  • Bose A20 Review – Is It Worth the Price?

    Bose A20 Review – Is It Worth the Price?

    In this article, I’ll help you decide if the Bose A20 aviation headset is right for you. Like a good pair of your favorite sneakers or a well-tailored suit, the right headset for you probably isn’t the right headset for everyone.  One of the most popular options on the market is also the most expensive—the…

  • Thrust Flight Multi-Engine Training Emergency Procedures Quizzes

    Thrust Flight Multi-Engine Training Emergency Procedures Quizzes

    Welcome to Emergency Procedures section in Thrust Flight’s comprehensive Piper Seminole multi-engine training program.

  • Thrust Flight Multi-Engine Training Aerodynamics and Performance Quizzes

    Thrust Flight Multi-Engine Training Aerodynamics and Performance Quizzes

    Welcome to Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the Aerodynamics and Performance section in Thrust Flight’s comprehensive Piper Seminole multi-engine training program. During videos 1, 2, and 3, you’ve delved deeper into the critical aspects of multi-engine aerodynamics and performance. The knowledge you’ve accumulated so far has laid a solid foundation, and this quiz is…

  • JetBlue Pilot Salary | How to Get a Job as a Pilot for JetBlue

    JetBlue Pilot Salary | How to Get a Job as a Pilot for JetBlue

    Embarking on a career with JetBlue Airways? Understanding the JetBlue pilot salary and pay structure is key. This guide offers an in-depth look at the financial rewards and career path for pilots at JetBlue. From first year first officers to experienced captains, we cover the range of salaries and benefits, providing aspiring pilots with the…

  • Alaska Airlines Pilot Salary | How to Get a Job as a Pilot at Alaska Airlines

    Alaska Airlines Pilot Salary | How to Get a Job as a Pilot at Alaska Airlines

    In this post I’ll share what it takes to become a pilot at Alaska Airlines. We’ll go over detailed information on the salary expectations, job requirements, and the pathway to becoming an Alaska Airlines pilot. Discover the key steps and qualifications needed to pursue this incredible career. About Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines traces their roots…

  • Types of Pilot Licenses – A Guide for New Pilots

    Types of Pilot Licenses – A Guide for New Pilots

    This article provides a comprehensive overview of the various types of pilot licenses available for aspiring pilots. In the US, a pilot license is issued by the FAA and allows an individual to fly a variety of aircraft. In this article I’m going to break down the different types of pilot licenses. You’ve heard the…