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Category Archives: General

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 […]

How to Prepare Mentally 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. UPDATE: we’ve since posted a follow-up companion blog post on physical preparation. Click here to read it. The stress of a practical test is something […]

CFI Brief: Favorite Aviation Videos from 2015

Happy New Year! I think we’ve accomplished enough learning for the year right? Let’s take a break on the last day of 2015 and check out some cool videos from the last 12 months in aviation. First up, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner practicing for the Paris Airshow. The life of a corporate pilot, non-stop adrenaline […]

Editor’s Picks: Stocking Stuffers

Need a stocking stuffer or a last minute gift idea for that pilot in your life? We’ve got you covered! These are some of our favorite things: Flight Notes This set of 3, 48-page notebooks is the perfect pocket reference for any pilot. Each notebook contains quick reference aviation facts including lists, tables, and graphs […]

CFI Brief: Procedural Compliance

Procedural compliance is defined as following the appropriate procedure at the appropriate time. It has become a hot button issue as of late due to the increased number of accidents resulting from a lack of procedural compliance in the cockpit. The NTSB has recently released a video highlighting the importance of procedural compliance. It’s informative […]

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