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Minor Set-Backs

, August 25th, 2008

Hello again! I'm back! And after two-and-a-half long weeks, I've learned something important about flight lessons. That being, you can't always get what you want. After a week-long vacation ending on a Saturday, I was ready to get back in the air and start flying again on Sunday. But no, it got canceled due to weather. Read More >>

Medical Certification

, August 22nd, 2008

Hi there, and welcome to letsgoflying.com. My world at AOPA is medical certification, and it's an interesting part of aviation that student pilots often are not introduced to early enough in their flight training. Read More >>

Don’t Panic

, August 22nd, 2008

Everyone is nervous about the recent downturn in the airline industry. Airlines are seeing furloughs, layoffs, and slow downs in operations. It all sounds very frightening; and for some people (those being furloughed and laid off) it’s down right depressing.

The industry is in self-preservation mode. It may seem dire, but the tough decisions CEO’s are making right now will likely save more jobs than the numbers that were lost in the process. Airlines can simply operate themselves into bankruptcy, unless things change.
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Aerobatic Training

, August 22nd, 2008

Aerobatic training makes you a better pilot - or so I've heard. Most would agree, I believe. Is it true? I've flown with quite a number of acro students over the years, and acro didn't make them all better, but what it did do was remove the unknown for them, as I like to think of it. Consider this - how could a pilot who has spun, looped, and rolled consider a 60 degree bank and 20 degree descent angle as an "unusual attitude?" You see my point. In aerobatics, all attitudes are normal; there are no unusual attitudes. But there are unusual sensations like being at the very top of a tail slide with the engine idling. You know that instant where you are no longer ascending and not yet descending? Yeah, that second where all the primary flight controls are absolutely useless as the airspeed is zero and you are literally along for the ride...eerily quiet.
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