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Jason Schappert is A Certified Flight Instructor author of 4 aviation flight training titles and the creator of the best selling Online Ground School at

A pilot since 16 years of age Jason has the experience and qualifications to help you with any aspect of your flight training. Visit his blog at for help with all facets of flight training. About Jason Schappert

Engine Failure on Takeoff

September 19th, 2012

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Engine Failure on Takeoff
An engine failure on takeoff is a tough spot to find yourself in. We're going to look at 2 Scenarios:

- Engine Failure With Runway Remaining

- Engine Failure Without Runway Remaining

The first is engine failure with runway remaining. The one thing that you need to understand is that, if you were to have an engine failure on take-off, you’re already low and slow.

The moment you take away that thrust, your airspeed will drop like a rock. Your number one priority is to get that nose over. If there’s runway remaining, you just put the aircraft right back on the runway you just took off on.

CHALLENGE!

A Few Things Every Pilot Should Have In Their Flight Bag

March 22nd, 2012

A pilots flight bag can be one of the most important tools they could have. But it’s not the bag that’s the tool..its what’s inside of it. So what are some of the most important items that a pilot should have in his or her flight bag? Here, I am going to go through what are arguably the five most important things a pilot should have in his or her flight bag. Read More >>

Wake Turbulence Avoidance

November 10th, 2011

What is Wake Turbulence? Well, most simply put wake turbulence is the vortices coming off of the wingtips of aircraft. It's a by-product of lift. So only when the nose wheel of that particular aircraft leaves the ground is it creating lift therefore producing wake turbulence or wingtip vortices. Wake turbulence also descends and moves with the wind. This is why it is so important to know where the wind is at. Read More >>

VFR Communications For New Pilots

May 12th, 2011

It's one thing to fly great, it's a completely different thing to communicate great on the radios. One stumbling block most new student pilots run into when learning to fly is how the heck to communicate on the radios not only to ATC but to other pilots in the uncontrolled environment.

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This is something I've been covering quite extensively on my video flight training blog Based on the feedback we receive this is one area students want to excel in. Read More >>

Your Private Pilot Checkride

March 21st, 2011

Your private pilot checkride is going to be a big day. It's the final exam of your private pilot training. Below I've complied some great tips to help you be a success on your checkride.

Don't Forget Your Airwork

Students often get sidetracked with preparing for the ground portion of the checkride. Don't let your raw flying skill lack while you're studying. Keep fresh on stalls, turning stalls, navigation, emergency procedures, landings, etc... Read More >>

Getting The Most Out Of Your Ground School

December 7th, 2010

Every student pilot needs a ground school of some sort. Aviation, after all, is both a theoretical and practical skill. The practical side of aviation is represented by the flight lessons you have with your instructor, where he sits in the copilot’s seat and teaches you how to fly the aircraft.

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On the other hand, the ground school presents a forum where you can interact and share ideas with your instructor and fellow aviators. Now, Part 141 flying typically comes with a ground school: it’s part of the package. For Part 61, (more private aviation flight training you’d have to find your own ground school. This would come with an added expense. Now, since you are spending money on it, you should then find ways that you can get the most out of your ground school. Read More >>

Joining a Flying Club

November 1st, 2010

When you want to learn to fly, one of the options that you can look at is to join a flying club. Most aviators get a good headstart when they decide to join a flying club.

Now, what is a flying club? It is an organization that is dedicated to bringing aviation home to those that would might want to learn to fly or rent an aircraft but the cost of doing such are a bit out of reach. Specifically, it provides a source of aircraft ownership. It helps ease your concerns by simply providing a pool of aircraft that can be readily rented out and thus eliminating the need for you to search for aircraft that you could rent for your flying lessons. Some flying clubs can also be specialized and cater to aviators that are interested in restored or vintage aircraft. Read More >>

Improving Your Slow Flight

October 12th, 2010

So many pilots don’t realize it, but slow flight is something that they should give some time practicing together with their power-on stalls, simulating an engine failure in flight, and other procedures they are required to memorize. Sadly, pilots in general do not give much time to perfecting their slow flight.

What they don’t realize is that slow flight is important to mastering other procedures including landing, which most student pilots find difficult prior and even after solo. . . Naturally, they are not practicing their slow flight enough. If you are one of those people that are having problems with landing, then, you should realize that it’s time that to start working on these slow flight techniques.

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All right, so how do you master slow flight? What can you do to improve on it and, by extension, improve on your landings? Read More >>

Why You Should Learn To Fly

August 19th, 2010

When most people think about learning to fly they envision freedom in flight but there are some other reasons why you should learn how to fly. There is a social fabric to this industry if you are an amateur or a professional. In addition to flying with friends and colleagues there are many advantages to flying.

Traveling for business is a time consuming and expensive process further compounded by tight security at major airports, delays and the time to and from major airports. With a small plane many times you can get much closer to your destination landing at a smaller regional airport and then have the added luxury of leaving when you are ready and not the designated departure time. Many small regional airports will even offer free ground transportation to your destination within a reasonable proximity without additional costs. Read More >>

Learning to Fly: Turning Your Hobby Into a Business

August 4th, 2010

Let’s face it. Pilots learn to fly because they want to fly. That’s all there is to it. The desire to learn flying stems from a dream to touch the skies and live amongst them even for just a short time. However, as time passes, some of these aspiring aviators do realize that their hobby has a potential to earn them some cash. Quite a bit of cash actually.
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That’s the reason why some people who initially just dreamed of flying are now leading fruitful lives that are giving them serious earnings from something that they just initially took into as a hobby. You, too, can earn money from your passion for aviation and can turn your hobby into a business. What are the options an aviator can have on a career in aviation?

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Commercial Pilot

One road that private pilots opt to take after flying as a private pilot for awhile is to become a commercial pilot. Specifically, you won't be flying for the big names like just yet. You can get other small jobs to build hours. My first job flying was "traffic watch" we simply flew a 172 and spotted traffic accidents. This is a common path pilots take while working up the time to fly for a major carrier. Read More >>