Your connection with the sky

Watching Your New Best Friends Having the Time of Their Lives

, December 29th, 2010

It’s hard to believe, but there was a time just before I got my instrument rating when I wondered whether there would be enough challenges and opportunities in general aviation to keep it interesting.  Yeah, I was pretty naïve to think that.

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The time since then has been pretty interesting, to say the least, and you’ve seen some of that in my entries on this blog. Read More >>

Setting Yourself Up for a Great Landing!

, December 7th, 2010

by Chris Findley, CFI, CFII

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Learning to land is one of the greatest thrills in flying.  In fact, I think most pilots, even if they have been flying for years, still love the challenge of making a great landing.  It  is a common misconception (particularly among students) to think that the main thing we have concentrate on is the round-out and flare.   Certainly these are important, but a great landing really begins in the pattern, specifically on the downwind leg.

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In most trainers, when we are abeam our touchdown point, we reduce the power, add our first flap setting, and establish an appropriate descent.   Learning to establish this configuration enables us to arrive at the roundout and flare in a condition that allows for a great landing. 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 >>