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Whether you’re just getting started on your private pilot certificate or are well on your way to becoming an airline pilot, we have flight training articles that will help you learn and grow as a pilot. Our team publishes new posts and videos on our YouTube channel created to help student pilots gain the skills they need to become competent and capable pilots.

  • 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…

  • Jet Speeds Uncovered: How Fast Do Commercial Airplanes Fly?

    Jet Speeds Uncovered: How Fast Do Commercial Airplanes Fly?

    In this article we’ll answer the common question, how fast do planes fly. There are a lot of factors that go into how fast commercial aircraft fly. In this article we’ll go over all of these factors but before we do, here’s the flight speeds of many common commercial aircraft. Cruising Speeds for Common Commercial…

  • What Is CTAF and How Do You Use It? | CTAF vs UNICOM

    What Is CTAF and How Do You Use It? | CTAF vs UNICOM

    In this article we’re going to explore the Common Traffic Advisory Frequency, also known as CTAF. Radio communications can be one of the most stressful parts of learning to fly.  For many students, there’s something intimidating about keying the mic. But it shouldn’t be stressful. While there are a lot of things to know, it’s…

  • 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…

  • What is Turbulence?

    What is Turbulence?

    Flight turbulence can be very unnerving, even for seasoned pilots. However, turbulence is part of every pilot’s experience. Turbulence can be caused by irregular air motion that the aircraft is flying through.  To pilots and passengers, it feels like a bump in the road. While most turbulence is just an inconvenience, it can be dangerous…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • What Is the Difference Between AIRMETs and SIGMETs?

    What Is the Difference Between AIRMETs and SIGMETs?

    In this article we’re going to explore the difference between AIRMETs and SIGMETs. A wise pilot once said it’s better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than to be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Getting a good pre-flight briefing and understanding the basics of weather are…

  • The New Pilot’s Guide to Runway Markings

    The New Pilot’s Guide to Runway Markings

    For new pilots, airports are a sea of confusing markings and signs. It takes a little study and practice to get it down, but once you do, you’ll find that airports are fairly straightforward and well-marked. The trick is always to have and use the airport diagram.  However, understanding the colors, shapes, and meanings of…

  • The 5 Types of Altitude in Aviation

    The 5 Types of Altitude in Aviation

    In this article we’ll explore the different types of altitude every pilot needs to understand. Most ground-pounders think of altitude in black-and-white terms—how high the plane is off the ground. But pilots know there’s a little more nuance to it. Like everything worth doing, flying is complicated. There are actually five types of altitude that…

  • Parts of an Airplane and Their Function

    Parts of an Airplane and Their Function

    The anatomy of an airplane is complex, with each component meticulously designed for safety, efficiency, and performance. In this article we’ll go over all of the major parts of an airplane. Fuselage The fuselage is the central body of an airplane and a principal structure to which all other parts are attached. It is the…

  • How to Become an Airline Pilot | Your Ultimate Career Guide

    How to Become an Airline Pilot | Your Ultimate Career Guide

    In this article you’ll learn every step you need to take to become an airline pilot. Do you dream of taking to the skies as a qualified airline pilot? Whether you’re looking for a career change or pursuing a lifelong dream, in this guide we’ll walk you through all of the requirements you’ll need to…

  • A TOMATO FLAMES | FLAPS | GRAB CARD D

    A TOMATO FLAMES | FLAPS | GRAB CARD D

    In this article we’ll cover easy ways to remember an aircraft’s required equipment. When learning to fly, the question often arises: what would you do if this were broken or inoperative? It’s just one of the many “what if” questions instructors love throwing at their students. Knowing the answer means you have studied and know…