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CFI Brief: www.1800wxbrief.com

Obtaining a weather briefing in my opinion is one of the single most important parts of any pre-fight. Whether you plan on conducting a flight in the vicinity of an airport or are heading out on a 100 NM cross country trip, having current and updated weather information is crucial for a successful flight. If […]

CFI Brief: Firsthand Insight on the ACS—an Interview with Jackie Spanitz

It’s official! Final versions of the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for Private and Instrument Pilot Airplane have been published and will go into effect in just a few days (June 15th, 2016). These new ACS will replace the Practical Test Standards. The anticipation has been building for weeks now in our small tight-knit aviation community. […]

CFI Brief: Flight Safety in the Drone Age (FSDA)

Drones, yes drones. A very common term you hear these days, they just seem to be everywhere (LITERALLY)! As a matter of fact there are actually more registered drone operators then there are aircraft pilots. This is pretty astonishing, particularly when you put into perspective just how new of a concept drone use is to […]

CFI Brief: In with the NEW and out with the OLD…

Yes, Yes, Yes, exciting times and change are right around the corner in Airman Testing! I am sure that by now many of you are well aware that the implementation of the Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for both Private and Instrument Pilot Airplane will be happening in just a few weeks. I know, this may […]

CFI Brief: Pilot’s Role in Collision Avoidance

With all the talk this week on instrument flying and scanning techniques I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you to get your head out of the cockpit. See and Avoid! Did you know that the See and Avoid concept is an actual regulation outlined in CFR 91.113? Don’t believe me check it out. […]

CFI Brief: It’s sunny and 80°F, why do I need a weather brief?

I did the majority of my flight training in San Diego, CA. Yes, lucky me. Not only did I get to fly in such a beautiful area but I always had a killer tan. After my first week of ground school, my instructor had me get my first over-the-phone weather briefing. That day in class […]

The Top 10 Mistakes Students Make on Their Practical Test

Today we’re pleased to feature a guest post from CFI and DPE Jason Blair. Check out his previous contributions to the LTFB here. He writes his own blog at JasonBlair.net As an examiner who gives a significant number of practical tests every year, I see some of the same errors over and over. Being prepared […]

Editor’s Picks: Greg Brown

Today I’d like to highlight three books from author, pilot educator, and photographer Greg Brown. Greg has been flying since 1972 and writes the Flying Carpet column in AOPA Flight Training magazine and maintains the popular Facebook group Greg Brown’s Student Pilot Pep Talk. You can find more of Greg’s work including his aerial photography on […]

Five Things NOT To Do on Your Practical Test

Today we’re pleased to feature a guest post from CFI and DPE Jason Blair. Check out his previous contributions to the LTFB here. He writes his own blog at JasonBlair.net As an examiner, I regularly see the same things cause disapproval on practical test. These common errors are things that anyone can avoid during their practical test. […]

How to Prepare Physically for Your Practical Test

Today we’re pleased to feature a guest post from CFI and DPE Jason Blair. Check out his previous contributions to the LTFB here. He writes his own blog at JasonBlair.net Practical tests can be physically demanding in additional to the mental stress that they cause. Preparing for a practical test physically can be a key […]

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