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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.

Training Tip: Spotting 'hangar rash'

Article | Aug 24, 2015

What is “hangar rash”? Is it a cosmetic condition, or a syndrome that subverts safety?

Training Tip: Timeless test tidbits

Article | Aug 03, 2015

A student member of a local flying club was chatting with a local flight instructor and mentioned that his private pilot practical test was coming right up. He asked the instructor if he had any advice.

'Freakin' awesome!'

Article | Jul 21, 2015

What can make a former Navy corpsman and a Harley-Davidson engineer giggle with pure joy? Their first takeoff. Watch as three students hop in the left seat for the first time and experience the thrill of flight in these One Week Ready to Solo webisodes.

Training Tip: No room for doubt

Article | Jul 17, 2015

It takes the busy student a moment to realize that something about that call from the tower doesn’t seem right. Should the student call the controller to clarify?