By AOPA ePublishing staff
Spring is in the air. Well, maybe not quite yet, but it’s definitely coming and you’ll want to be ready to take to the skies on that first perfect day. You can make that first flight go smoothly by spending the last gray days of winter hitting the books.
It’s a good idea to start with your airplane’s pilot’s operating handbook (POH) for a refresher on critical airspeeds and other performance parameters. Then print out a set of Aircraft Flash Cards from the AOPA Air Safety Foundation to help you remember those important numbers, profiles, systems, and emergency procedures.
If your flight review has expired, spending some time with the foundation’s Pilot’s Guide to the Flight Review Safety Advisor can help you prepare and get the most out of the process.
Or maybe you need some tips on how to get proficient, and current, after a long winter’s hiatus from flying. Visit the AOPA Pilot Information Center for great resources, ideas, and articles to help you get comfortable in the cockpit again.
If you are a flight instructor, spring is peak training season, and you need to be ready. Renew your certificate with the foundation’s Flight Instructor Refresher Clinic. If you can’t make it to a live seminar, renew with the online program.
February 14, 2008