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Ultimate Guide to Flying a Perfect Traffic Pattern

It is likely one of the first things you will learn about in flight training …and for good reason.  Flying the perfect traffic pattern is one of the most important building blocks of your pilot’s license. Every subsequent maneuver: stalls, slow flight, turns around a point, and even spins are done in preparation for traffic …

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What is Zulu Time?

You’ve seen it on the weather charts and likely heard it on the ATIS, but you have no idea what it actually means. You are not alone. Zulu time is a foreign concept, especially for those with no military experience. It is an important concept, but once you understand it. It will become fairly easy …

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What is a Fixed-Base Operator?

FBO is the acronym for “fixed-base operator.” In layman’s terms, an FBO is a private terminal. While this term is known worldwide due to the growth of corporate aviation, it is more common in the United States. When you book a charter flight, your agent will likely advise you which FBO your flight will depart from. …

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Left-Turning Tendencies: Learn How It Affects Your Aircraft

Piloting an aircraft is not challenging once you get the basics right. And one of aviation’s basic concepts is airplanes’ left-turning tendencies. Instructors spend a great deal of time educating the concept of left-turn or yaw to students. Basically, they’re trying to explain why a plane pulls left during takeoff and how to deal with …

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Do You Need 20/20 Vision To Be a Pilot?

“I would, but my eyesight isn’t very good.”  This is by far one of the most common lines that stops someone from even attempting to get their pilot’s license. So, do you need a 20/20 vision to be a pilot? Good eyesight certainly helps, but one of the most common misconceptions about flying is that …

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Airspace Classes – A Pilot’s Ultimate Guide

The National Airspace System is categorized into multiple classes based on the needs, functions, or levels of control by the FAA. Ranked from the most restrictive to the least, these classes help control air traffic by looking after which aircraft type is suitable for which class.  In this guide, I’ll discuss the various airspace classes, …

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Cloud Clearance Requirements To Know By Heart

A safe flight is subject to the pilot’s proper visibility during takeoffs, landings, and in-route. If there is any issue with that, there are high chances of air traffic conflicts and collisions between aircraft. The FAA has laid out some minimum visibility and cloud clearance requirements every private pilot must meet to avoid getting into …

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VFR vs. IFR Flight Everything You Need to Know About The Difference

It’s a difference that could save your life. Visual Flight Rules vs. Instrument Flight Rules are an important part of the Private Pilot’s License and the Instrument Rating. It’s not necessarily the sexiest part of flight training, but proper utilization of VFR and IFR will make you a top flier. Today we are going to …

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What is Ground School?

When we first start thinking about getting our pilot’s license, few of us dream about sitting in a fluorescent-lit classroom determining out what a cold front looks like. But no matter how hands-on your flight training is you will eventually have to hit the books and that’s where ground school comes into play. So, what …

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Flying a Power off 180º Landing

Flying a power-off 180º landing (or short approach, as ATC calls it) is a fantastic way to really learn how your airplane flies. It’s one thing to fly around with controlled power, and to land with power. It’s an entirely different feeling to experience all the extra energy your airplane has on its own, with …

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