Let's Go Flying September Newsletter
VOLume 1, ISSUE 3 • September 24, 2008
Live the Dream
Make the world your neighborhood
From ‘Top Gun’ fan to pilot: A true story
Three seasons, one flight
Gone flying? Tell us about your flight and submit photos and video of the experience!
Pilot certificates 101
An inside look: Introductory flight lesson plan
Financing your flight training
Aircraft of the Month
Cessna Caravan Amphibian
Ask a Pilot
Question: I heard that medical certificates are required for some pilots. What is a medical certificate? Will I need one?
Answer: In order to fly, pilots must meet a certain medical standard based on their type of pilot certificate. Sport pilots can use their current driver’s license as their medical certificate. Recreational and private pilots must get a flight physical from an aviation medical examiner in order to receive a medical certificate. Your flight instructor should be able to recommend an aviation medical examiner in your area.
Do you have a question about flying? Ask a pilot! Call 877-58-PILOT, or send an e-mail.
Learn the Lingo
As with any passion, there’s a special “insider’s language.” We’ve pulled together some key terms to get you in the loop.
Honker back: A honker back is a maneuver used by helicopter pilots. It describes a dramatic cease in forward motion (a quick stop).
FBO: In general aviation, FBO stands for fixed-base operator. An FBO is an airport-based business that parks, services, fuels, and sometimes even repairs aircraft. Often, FBOs rent aircraft and provide flight training.
Cocoon: In hang gliding, a cocoon is a type of harness that encloses the pilot from shoulders to feet. A cocoon reduces wind resistance.
Have you heard or seen a term at the airport that you didn’t understand? Send us the word, and we can explain it to you—it might even appear in a future Let’s Go Flying eNewsletter!
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