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  • Stop chasing the needles!

    Stop chasing the needles!

    A very common problem with new pilots is over-controlling the airplane, or “chasing the needles.” For example, cruising at 5,000 feet, a new pilot might notice the altitude increases a little bit, so he abruptly pushes the yoke forward in an effort to correct the deviation. He pushes a little…
  • New First Officer & ATP Rules Explained

    New First Officer & ATP Rules Explained

    The Congress and FAA recently made some big changes to the minimum requirements for First Officers in part 121 airlines and for the way pilots get their Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) licenses. These changes will affect you if you’re dreaming of an airline pilot career. In this post I’ll explain the…
  • Wildland Firefighting Aircraft – Guest Post

    Wildland Firefighting Aircraft – Guest Post

    Alan Carr explores the world of fire-fighting aircraft. If you’re flying anywhere around the Western United States, you can probably navigate from state to state using nothing more than the plumes of smoke from the massive forest fires consuming the west. On the average, more than 100,000 wildland fires scorch…
  • Guest post: Understanding Flying Book Review

    Guest post: Understanding Flying Book Review

    Chris Oquist reviews Understanding Flying, by Richard Tylor If you’re about to head off to pilot school or you’re simply interested in the matter, Understanding Flying by Richard Taylor is a great aviation book and one you should not miss. In this book intended to reach beginning aviators, Taylor gives…
  • Top 6 ways to building your flight time

    Top 6 ways to building your flight time

    Building flight time is one of the major challenges you’ll face during your pilot’s career. In this article, I’ll cover some of the top ways to build your flight experience.

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  • VOR Cone of Confusion

    VOR Cone of Confusion

    I recently got an email from a user of Nav Trainer asking what the red lines represent on the sides of the VOR station symbols. Those red lines represent areas where the VOR signal is ambiguous and the VOR display is unreliable.
  • Deciphering RNAV approach minimas

    Deciphering RNAV approach minimas

    GPS and RNAV approach terminology can be very confusing since modern RNAV procedures usually accommodate more than one type of navigational equipment (such as basic GPS, WAAS, LAAS or multi-sensor FMS) on the same chart. With older types of approach procedures, the specific equipment required is stated in the chart…
  • Brief instrument approaches like a pro

    Brief instrument approaches like a pro

    There’s no one-fit-all method to perform an approach briefing. A commercial operator may have a specific way to do it. But if you don’t work for one, you need to develop your own approach briefing technique. The key is to set the aircraft and review all important information in advance,…
  • 11 proven study techniques that make you a better pilot

    11 proven study techniques that make you a better pilot

    Being a pilot requires constant learning and practice. Starting from your initial private pilot checkride through flight reviews to type ratings and airline training, these techniques will not only make the study process easier, they will make it more efficient. They will make you a better pilot.
  • Holding pattern tutorial and trainer

    Holding pattern tutorial and trainer

    Has this ever happened to you? You receive a holding clearance from ATC, and only have a couple of minutes, sometimes only a few seconds, to choose the correct entry. By the time you’ve figured out what’s going on, you’ve already passed the fix and don’t know what to do…