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Category Archives: General

CFI Brief: LIVE from Oshkosh!

Things are in full swing here at EAA Airventure 2016! It’s been a great first couple of days, crowds have been amazing, and the weather seems to be holding out. Be sure to swing by the ASA booth in Hanger B and check out some of our latest products, including hot off the printing press […]

CFI Brief: Status on Third-Class Medical Reform

Good news: the FAA will not be shutting down on July 15th! Say what?  That’s right the current FAA extension act was set to expire on July 15th. Lucky for us, and pretty much anyone who travels by air, the House,after much back and forth between senate, passed the “FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act […]

IFR: Instrument Scanning

This week we’re back with more on IFR. Go back and familiarize yourself with the basics we’ve introduced in earlier introductory posts from this year. Today, we’ll look at instrument scanning techniques. This post features text and images from The Pilot’s Manual Volume 3: Instrument Flying. In instrument conditions, when the natural horizon cannot be […]

CFI Brief: Packing your first flight bag!

Hot off the press, July/August issue of FAA Safety Briefing! This summer’s issue contains some great content specifically for the student pilot and airman-in-training. It’s the third part in a string of Student Pilot Guides that will provide the reader with tips and resources for success in initial pilot certification. I enjoyed reading this article […]

CFI Brief: Hot Tips from ASA

It’s almost 2017! Wait, what? Well that’s the way it feels here at ASA Headquarters. As I write this the entire ASA Team is preparing for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year, and that means lots of new and updated training material is coming your way soon! Some of our 2017 products are already shipping and […]

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. […]

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