Category Archives: Now Learn to Fly

You too Can Learn to Fly

Have you always had the dream of becoming a pilot but thought it was out of your reach?  After all, only rich people learn to fly their own airplanes and you don’t have the desire to become an airline pilot, so learning to fly isn’t for you…right?

The truth is far different than this.  Learning to fly an airplane and earning your Private Pilot License is more in reach than most people realize.   This guide should is designed to help aspiring pilots get started easier, make good choices in the beginning and stay motivated to complete the process as efficiently as possible. Continue reading You too Can Learn to Fly

Stop Being Lazy and Change Your Own Oil!

by David J Fill II @davidfill

All of us are probably familiar with FAR Part 43 that talks about maintenance tasks an owner can perform without the direct supervision and sign-off of an A&P Mechanic. Of the 32 tasks outline in this part of the regulations oil changes are absolutely the task you as an owner should be doing whenever possible.

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Different Types of Preflight Inspections

by David J Fill II @davidfill

Have you eve24r walked out to your favorite Cessna 172 sitting on the rental line and had someone else tell you “it’s all set to fly,” at which point you walk around the plane from a bit of a distance, hop in and go?  Believe it or not that’s the way airline, charter, and many corporate operations work every day and their safety record is generally better than the average eagle-eyed General Aviation pre-flight expert. Continue reading Different Types of Preflight Inspections

The Case FOR Automation

by David Fill @davidfill

Lately there has been a lot of focus on over-reliance on automation in the cockpit – both in General Aviation and the Part 121 world. With all sorts of examples from Asiana 214, Air France 447, down to us little guys destroying perfectly good airplanes on a routine basis obviously there is a need for some concern. Most of us can agree that as our avionics and aircraft become more sophisticated and automation becomes more affordable this is a very real problem. But what about those of us who insist on flying with too little automation?

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An Afternoon at the Beach: A Pilot’s Life

By Ken VeArd

Perhaps the most amazing thing about being a Private Pilot is having the ability to make a day trip to a location that driving for the day would not be feasible.    Even better is when you bring a group of friends along for the adventure.   As amazing as the destination is, the journey truly is more than half the fun.

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Learn to Fly with an EFB (iPad)

Surprisingly there are a large number of CFIs who are still not including the use of EFB’s into primary flight instruction.  I am happy to see that more and more are starting to do so.  Although I agree that every pilot should be taught to fly without an EFB and fully understand the skills required to aviate, navigate, communicate without an iPad helping them, EFB’s are here today and will be staying for a long time. Continue reading Learn to Fly with an EFB (iPad)