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Proficiency: To new heights

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

The FAA’s recent proposal to decrease the amount of flight simulator experience that students can log toward instrument ratings comes just as computer-based simulation is rapidly becoming more realistic than ever.

Beyond recurrent

Article | Jan 23, 2014

As a pilot examiner conducting in-aircraft recurrent training, I see all too often the truth of the adage that a pilot is never as proficient as the day of his checkride.

The long-suffering lazy 8

Pilot Magazine | Jan 22, 2014

Pity the poor Lazy 8. It began as a fun, fluid, and telling maneuver that encouraged pilots to explore the changing feel of an airplane through a broad range of speed and bank angles. It also developed a pilot’s coordination, timing, and anticipation.

SAFE to host first regional proficiency meeting in Texas

Article | Oct 09, 2013

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators is kicking off the first of a series of regional pilot proficiency meetings in Texas.

IMC Club chapter leaders to meet in Texas

Article | Aug 21, 2013

IMC Club will hold its first annual meeting of chapters' leaders Oct. 28 in San Marcos, Texas.

Take the Weather Challenge

Article | Aug 14, 2013

Do your eyes glaze over when you hear about Skew-T diagrams? Yawn at hearing about moist adiabatic lapse rates? Then gather your flying clubs members and soak up some practical weather knowledge with the Air Safety Institute’s “Weather Challenge” fall seminar, brought to you by AOPA Insurance Services.

Starr Aviation, SAFE partner on Pilot Proficiency Project

Article | Jul 30, 2013

Starr Aviation announced July 29 that insured pilots can earn accident forgiveness on their policies by taking pilot proficiency training at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., other major aviation events, and at quarterly dedicated safety events.

Bonanza proficiency program to use Air Safety Institute courses

Article | Jul 25, 2013

A proficiency program for pilots of Beechcraft Bonanzas now includes online courses from the Air Safety Institute.

IFR Fix: ‘Tasks and iterations’

Article | May 13, 2013

An instrument-rated pilot who mostly flies VFR completes an instrument proficiency check on May 2. Almost six months later, the pilot tracks courses, flies three or four instrument approaches, holds, and performs other required IFR "tasks and iterations" to prepare for a flight six days later. Is IFR currency an issue?

Pilot proficiency checks

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2012

New regs for single-pilot jet pilots

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Pointing fingers

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

This month's Landmark Accident is notable not because of the accident; visual flight into marginal VFR or instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) is not as rare as it should be. There are constant reminders by the Air Safety Institute and most aviation publications and websites that this is not a life-prolonging activity. Rather, it was the legal maneuvering afterward that nearly changed the training landscape.

Get real-world IMC advice at AirVenture

Article | Jul 18, 2012

The demands of flying in instrument meteorological conditions require instrument-rated pilots to maintain not only their currency but their proficiency as well. The IMC Club International will be hosting its IFR Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture for instrument-rated pilots of all levels.

Technique: Keeping current

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2012

Several different ways of starting this article come to mind. For example, "The IPC—can't live with it, can't live without it." The instrument proficiency check is a flight check by an instrument instructor, much like a checkride, that either demonstrates your ability to fly on instruments, or shows your deficiencies and leads to more training.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2011

In reviewing accident reports I’m often frustrated by the repeating patterns. Some accident trends are skill- related—crosswind landing accidents, for example.

Safety Pilot: A deadly invincibility

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

One of the necessarily frustrating things about NTSB reports is that they generally do a good job of telling us what happened, but the why is often left to interpretation and the imagination. This month’s “Landmark Accident” fits that description perfectly and leaves us to wonder why the pilot made the decisions he did.

Pilotage:

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

It’s a gorgeous winter day, ideal for flying, even if the flying involves a checkride. Sweating through a checkride is what I’m supposed to be doing right now.

Turbine Edition: Raising the Bar

Article | Oct 01, 2007

Here's your chance to experience training in a sophisticated multi-million-dollar simulator — welcome to the turbine training world. But after you have paid the deposit for that new turboprop or very light jet (VLJ), you may discover that any deficiencies in your pilot skills could double or triple the length and expense of training.