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Category Archives: General

Flight Instruments: The Altimeter and Altitudes

Today we’re taking another look at flight instruments, specifically the altimeter. Understanding the instrument and altitudes is critical in learning to fly. This post comes from on of our favorite textbooks, Bob Gardner‘s The Complete Private Pilot. Aircraft altimeters are aneroid (dry) barometers calibrated to read in feet above sea level. The altimeter gets its […]

CFI Brief: Global Positioning System (GPS)

Global Positioning System (GPS) is a United States satellite-based radio navigational, positioning, and time transfer system operated by the Department of Defense (DoD). The system provides highly accurate position and velocity information and precise time on a continuous global basis to an unlimited number of properly-equipped users. The system is extremely versatile in its uses […]

CFI Brief: Looking at the Big Picture

This week you and I have been tasked with repositioning a Cessna 172 from the Savannah Airport (SAV) to Allendale County (88J) — airports neither of us has ever flown out of. To begin our planning we have obtained the local sectional chart to gain all available information from this important resource regarding our planned […]

CFI Brief: Steep Turns

Steep turns are a fun and exciting maneuver and right in line with this week’s discussion on load factors. As a student pilot part of your training will include performing steep turns to established standards as outlined in the Private Pilot Practical Test Standards and shown below. Key concepts to be learned are coordination, orientation, […]

E6-B Video Tutorials

This week, take a look at our easy to follow E6-B video tutorials on our YouTube channel:       Check out ASA’s YouTube channel for more tutorials and training videos. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter to get the latest information on new products and updates. Please feel free […]

Procedures and Airport Operations: The Airport

Today’s post comes from Bob Gardner‘s The Complete Private Pilot, an excellent resource for anyone working to earn their private pilot license. At any airport, you will have to be able to identify the runway in use, taxi safely, be aware of wake turbulence hazards, deal with the line crew, know who (if anyone) controls your […]

Birthday Flowers

When celebrating birthdays with zeros in them, flowers alone won’t do it. So when Jean marked a new decade last March I sought a worthy weekend getaway. With most places still wintry, it made little sense leaving balmy Phoenix for somewhere frigid. But then I remembered our wish-list destination of Death Valley, California, tolerable only […]

Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane

A great read for anyone—not just pilots! This exceptional collection of flying stories is one ride that should not be missed.

A Pilot’s Story

A documentary film celebrating the passion for flight Rico Sharqawi/Producer A Pilot’s Story is a feature length documentary film that explores the mystical attraction and endless adventure that draw pilots into the sky. Exhilarating and inspiring, the story is told in the voices of the interview subjects, a gallery of noted aviators ranging from aerobatic […]

You Can Fly!

For prospective pilots, an exciting and informative introduction to the world of flying and flight training, profusely illustrated with full-color photography by Tom Lippert.

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