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Valerie Smith

  • Holding Patterns – What They are and How to Fly Them

    Holding Patterns – What They are and How to Fly Them

    The term “holding pattern” is probably the aviation term most often borrowed by non-aviators – the phrase is even included in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as a “state of waiting.” For pilots pursuing an instrument rating, learning holding patterns is a required part of training. So regular practice will be an ongoing part of an aviation…

  • Student Pilot’s Guide to Cross Country Planning

    Student Pilot’s Guide to Cross Country Planning

    Accomplishing your private pilot certificate is an adventure no matter the category and class you’re exploring. Unless you’re learning in a glider or a balloon, at some point in your training it will be time to leave the proverbial nest of your local airport and training area to embark on a cross-country training flight. Requirements…

  • Venturing Out: Planning a Longer Cross Country Flight

    Venturing Out: Planning a Longer Cross Country Flight

    For a private or higher certificated pilot, the ability to fly when and where you want is a major asset allowing flexibility whether for personal or business reasons. But as distances increase, so do the chances of a pilot running across new or unfamiliar situations or conditions, potentially ranging from a minor annoyance to a…

  • Airline Pilot’s Schedule: What You Can Expect

    Airline Pilot’s Schedule: What You Can Expect

    We get asked this question all the time. What is an airline pilot’s schedule like? In this article, we’ll help you understpartand this question more in detail. A career as an airline pilot provides many unique opportunities such as the ability to travel to varied destinations, see parts of the world you may otherwise never…