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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 >>

We Have It So Good…

, March 14th, 2011

Two seemingly unrelated events got me thinking about how incredibly much freedom we have to fly ultralights—and all private aircraft—here in the U.S.

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First event:
I was at a meeting of my ultralight club last month, and one of the members began a familiar refrain. He was grumbling about the FAA and how difficult they made things for pilots. “We need to be free to fly!” he groused. “They do everything they can to throw obstacles in our way.” On and on, like a broken record, with others nodding their heads, until the subject shifted to a discussion about whether or not doing crow hops was safe. Read More >>

A Simguy goes to Alaska

, March 14th, 2011
Flying the Misty Fjords, Alaska

By François A. ‘Navman’ Dumas
Owner, publisher and photographer
Silver Cloud Publishing

I think it doesn’t happen often to us; dreams coming true. Once in awhile you get lucky though. I know I did, on our recent trip to the US. And as is often the case in such situations, a few wonderful people were instrumental in making things happen.

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Let me start right off with mentioning them by name, because that’s the least they deserve!

First of all there’s Barry Copeland, Sr. Captain at Alaska Airlines, a good friend since 2007 and just a wonderful person in so many respects! And let’s not forget his understanding and equally kind wife, our friend Della! Nina and I met Della and Barry 3 years ago in Seattle and it was as if we’d known each other for ever. That hasn’t changed. On the contrary, that feeling has only been reinforced during our subsequent reciprocal visits. Read More >>

Real IMC for Private Pilots?

, March 9th, 2011

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by Chris Findley, CFI, CFII

I recently did an IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) trip with a private pilot friend of mine. I had been his instructor through his private training and we had done all the required work for that certificate. This included three hours of flight by reference to instruments only. As a private pilot, this is mainly to allow you to handle an accidental flight into IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions). It is in no way designed to make you a proficient instrument pilot. The main idea is to teach you to maintain aircraft control and reverse course to fly to clearer weather. Read More >>