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A Safe Pilot is Always Learning

Training tips for students and pilots Your flying mind… Stick and rudder flying skills are absolutely critical to safe flying. Keeping smooth airflow over the airplane at all times, knowing when and why that airflow is changing and how to fix it are the fundamentals. These need to be mastered and practiced to stay proficient. … Continue reading

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A Safe Pilot is Always Learning

 Training tips for students and pilots Proficiency plan… Proficiency and lifelong learning make pilots safer. Both have to be planned and scheduled. What will you do this year to keep yourself proficient and to learn more about the art and science of flying? What you focus on should be your particular areas of opportunity and … Continue reading

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A Safe Pilot is Always Learning

External pressures… You (a Private Pilot) and your family are all set for a flight from Lincoln Park to Montauk, on the eastern edge of Long Island, to visit family for the holidays. Weather checked. Looks like a beautiful day, no significant weather forecast and no flight restrictions affecting your route. The plane is fueled … Continue reading

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A Safe Pilot Is Always Learning

A Safe Pilot Is Always Learning Training tips for students and pilots Real world transition… While the goal of instructors is to train safe, real-world-ready pilots, we simply cannot teach everything about every scenario you may encounter. We teach students to think and to correlate and we teach them to learn. From day one, we … Continue reading

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A Safe Pilot is Always Learning

First Frost Fall is here and dew points are dropping! Soon, we’ll see that all-too familiar sign that winter is just around the corner…early morning frost. Frost on airplanes creates drag, adds weight and potentially changes the shape of aerodynamic surfaces. For these reasons, pilots must remove all frost prior to flight. This is a … Continue reading

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A Safe Pilot is Always Learning

Enjoy the view…and coordinate! Two issues I see fairly consistently are improper rudder use resulting in slipping climbs and skidding turns. Here are the issues and how to fix ’em! Slipping climbs: Make sure you aren’t fixated looking over the nose during climbs. This should be just one place you look during all phases of … Continue reading

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A Safe Pilot is Always Learning

Training tips for students and pilots Please go around… Last month, we looked at rejected takeoffs and ways to determine when a takeoff should be rejected. Some of these are quite obvious, others less so. This month, we’ll take some of the guesswork out of rejected approaches, otherwise known as go- arounds. Truth is, takeoffs … Continue reading

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