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The Impossible Turn: When Your Engine Fails on Takeoff

The Impossible turn

My engine quit on upwind… what now?Do I land straight ahead or do I turn around? The impossible turn. We’ve all heard the stories, the advice, and mostly the warnings.The turn is so seductive in the moment, as I can personally attest.Generally, the consensus is that you shouldn’t turn unless you’re above 1000 feet AGL.If […]

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  • Updated July 29, 2019

Flight Training: How to Obtain a Weather Briefing

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Every student training for their private pilot license will have to complete a cross-country flight. As part of planning that flight, you’ll need to learn how to obtain a weather briefing. How to Obtain a Weather BriefingThe two main ways to obtain weather briefings is to call a flight service station and take notes on […]

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  • Updated July 10, 2019

3 Tips to Help you Pass Your CFI Checkride

3 tips to help you pass your checkride

Almost every pilot who pursues a career in aviation spends at least a little time as a flight instructor. Achieving that title however means you have to pass the ominous CFI checkride. In order to prepare for your CFI checkride you’ll need to attend a CFI academy.In another article, we covered the basics of what […]

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  • Updated July 10, 2019

How to Become a Flight Instructor

How to become a flight instructor

After a sizable investment of both time and money you’ve finally become a pilot and obtained your commercial rating and are ready to earn some income as a pilot.Unfortunately, the number of jobs available to low hour pilots is rather small.One of the most common however, is that of flight instructor. When I first learned […]

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  • Updated July 10, 2019

Flight Training: Part 141 vs. Part 61

Flight Training: part 141 vs part 61

As a new pilot there are two methods of flight training you can pursue; Part 141 and Part 61. There are pros and cons to each method so to help you decide which type of training is right for you we put together this quick guide. But before we dive in, let’s take a look at […]

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  • Updated July 10, 2019

10 Flight Bag Essentials Every Pilot Needs

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Every pilot has their own method for what gear they take with them while flying, but there are a few we think every pilot should always take with them when they fly. Here are the top ten essentials!1. Pilot Certificate & MedicalThis one’s a no brainer, because you can’t legally fly without these. Make sure […]

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  • Updated July 31, 2019

How to Prepare for Your FAA Written Exam

how to prepare for your faa written exam

Taking your written exam for your private pilot license may seem a bit daunting but it doesn’t have to be. In this article we’ll share some key points on how to prepare for your FAA written exam. What is the FAA Written Exam?With every pilot certificate or rating, there is an associated FAA written test that […]

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  • Updated July 11, 2019

How to Become a Pilot, the Qualifications, Cost, and Timeline

How to become a pilot

Becoming a pilot can be an incredibly rewarding and joyful experience. But when you’re first starting out on the journey it can feel a bit overwhelming.This article is here to teach you how to become a pilot and give you a more complete understanding of everything you’ll need to do to become a pilot.Whether you’re […]

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  • Updated July 11, 2019