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Training Tip: Emphasizing positive control

Article | Oct 05, 2015

Positive aircraft control tops a list of 16 areas of special emphasis a designated pilot examiner must scrutinize during the private pilot flight examination.

Training Tip: Open-door policy

Article | Sep 28, 2015

During your climb out to traffic pattern altitude, a loud, sustained noise fills the cabin, and you sense the airframe buffeting and vibrating through the controls. The aircraft’s right door has just popped open. What do you do?

Charter College, flight schools partner for aviation degree

Article | Sep 23, 2015

Charter College, with locations in Alaska, California, and Washington, is partnering with several Part 141 flight schools to offer an aviation degree.

Training Tip: Within gliding distance

Article | Sep 21, 2015

If you have ever wondered how your instructor decides when to simulate an engine failure, this scenario is one example.

Five pilots, one family

Article | Sep 18, 2015

For one family from the Deep South, a passion for aviation was born above the Arctic Circle in Alaska.

Training Tip: Exit strategies

Article | Sep 14, 2015

With the wind blowing precisely 90 degrees to the single runway, which runway end should the pilot choose for takeoff?

Pilot examiner gives his 10,000th checkride

Article | Sep 09, 2015

Tennessee Aviation Hall of Famer, retired NASA employee, and Designated Pilot Examiner Clyde Shelton recently awarded his 10,000th certificate, but he's not quite ready to give up the right seat.

Like father, like son

Article | Sep 08, 2015

The similarities between Rick Mihalinac’s logbook and his late father’s pilot logbook are uncanny: Both had 69.5 hours of flight time when they took their private pilot checkrides; both of their checkrides lasted 1.2 hours; and Mihalinac’s checkride took place on Aug. 27—40 years to the day of his father’s first solo.

Training Tip: A scattering of storms

Article | Sep 08, 2015

If you determine that you and a storm are heading for the same destination, go elsewhere. Don’t get caught in a race to the field.

Saluting America's aviation team

Article | Sep 03, 2015

When Danny Croy pulled back on the yoke from his perch in the left seat of a Cessna 172, his face revealed a confidence that often escaped the autistic 19-year-old. Croy is not comfortable with significant changes in routine, but the short discovery flight from the Frederick, Maryland, airport left him beaming. An army of airport employees working behind the scenes keeps the airport running smoothly and helps make experiences like these happen.