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I Want To Learn To Fly! Where Do I Start?

, July 26th, 2010

Boy does this question come up a lot! First off congratulations on getting bit by the bug, learning to fly is one of the best things you can do for yourself whether you make it a hobby or a career. Yet knowing where to start and how to do it efficiently is key!
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How do you find a flight school? What makes a great flight instructor? How much will this cost me!?!? Are all very valid questions that I get asked often.

The best thing you can do is to take an adventure to the airport. Scope out different flight schools and facilities! Ask a ton of questions and compare aircraft, prices, etc... Shop around just like you would if you were buying a new car or home. It's an investment, treat it like one.

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If you're curious and looking for more answers on learning to fly you can download Jason's Free Ebook "The Private Pilot Blueprint" which talks about all the questions you need to ask, how to save money on your flight training and much more.

When learning to fly remember one thing... A good pilot is always learning!

What to Expect on Your First Flight

, July 19th, 2010

by Chris Findley, CFI,

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You're going to take your first flight in a light airplane!  First things first, be sure to bring a camera!  This is an exciting day for you and for those of us who teach and encourage people to learn to fly.  This might well be a much bigger day than you imagine.  These first flights are where many of us catch the "flying bug" and begin a journey that literally lasts a lifetime.

But what can you expect?  While experiences vary from flight school to flight school, here's are some thoughts on what a great first flight should be. Read More >>

3 Things You Should Be Doing In The Cockpit

, July 12th, 2010

Aviation is more than just a passion. It is a discipline. Because it is a discipline, it is a must that a private pilot develops good habits from the days of being a student pilot and during the days that he is operating as a private aviator. Unfortunately, some individuals in the aviation industry forget some crucial steps during their practice. To add insult to injury, these things they forgot are very important in maintaining a reputation as a safe and good private pilot.

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I cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining safety during every private pilot flight that you undertake. Safety is especially a concern when you are ferrying passengers, and you are responsible for both their lives and yours. Here are three things that you should keep in mind and that you should always be doing in the cockpit in every flight. Read More >>

Crossing The Mountains

, July 1st, 2010

For a Florida based pilot the idea of mountain flying seems like something far off. I've traveled north and flown over some of what I "thought" was higher terrain. Yet have never really experienced the Rockies or seen a true "mountain pass"

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Well that has all changed. I was able to take the concepts I've always heard about: Mountain Waves, how to approach a pass, etc... and apply them to flying.

Yet not in any turbo charged pressurized airplane. This was all done in my little Cessna 150! It took early morning flights and all 100hp to make this trip possible.

If you have never done any mountain flying I highly suggest you do the needed extensive research before your flight some of these things include.

Know Your Route Inside and Out

It's important to have your route planned out properly, frequencies lined up, and a back up plan in order. Keep in mind that weather may be different in a mountain pass as compared to the airport you're heading to. Read More >>

Preparing for Your Solo Cross Countries

, July 1st, 2010

by Chris Findley, CFI

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GoOne of the great milestones in your flight training, after your initial solo, will be your solo Cross Country.  Don't let the name intimidate you, you'll only be going 50 nautical miles, but it is nonetheless a huge step in your flying.  One of the things that makes your solo XCs so exciting is that you'll actually be going somewhere!  It will be the first time you use the plane and your training to do what flying does so well-- travel!

As you get ready for this flight, you'll have a million things to think about.  The good news is that it gets easier the more you do it and you'll get faster and more proficient as you do more of these trips.  Your instructor is required to review your route and planning with you and you'll receive an endorsement from him/her for each solo XC you make as a student.  Remember, the fact that your instructor is kicking you out of the practice area indicates that you have progressed in your knowledge and training and are ready!  Let that fact alone give you confidence!  Here are a few things to remember as you prepare for this historic event:. Read More >>

FAA Ends "Taxi To" Instruction, What Should Go Next?

, July 1st, 2010

In part of its on-going effort to reduce runway incursion incidents, the FAA will officially change the way tower controllers give taxi instructions. As of June 30, gone will be the "Taxi to" instruction to be replaced with a lot more words.

For example, if you fly out of Republic-Farmingdale (FRG) on Long Island, a standard taxi instruction from Ground is currently "(call sign) taxi to Runway 1". That instruction allows you to pretty much taxi on any taxiway and allows you to cross any runway- in this case Runway 32-14- to get to Runway 1. However, now the instruction will likely read "(call sign), Runway 1 via Gulf. Hold short of 32." Controllers will give specific taxi instructions and are required, generally, to issue an additional taxi instruction before you cross an intersecting runway. Read More >>