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Category Archives: General

CFI Brief: June 2017 Test Roll

June has been a busy month here at ASA headquarters and for the FAA. Let’s recap what all is going down in terms of Airman Testing. The FAA has released updated Airman Certification Standards for both Private Pilot Airplane (FAA-S-ACS-6A) and Instrument Pilot Airplane (FAA-S-ACS-8A) effective June 2017. Additionally, the Commercial Pilot Airplane ACS was […]

CFI Brief: FAA Taxi Test

Monday on the blog we briefly discussed runway incursions and recommended practices for pilots to avoid such an occurrence. As air traffic grows and airports become busier, both general aviation and commercial, runway incursions become more of a growing concern to pilots and airport operators. In an effort to cut down on the potential of […]

CFI Brief: 300+ Drones (sUAS)!

If you watched the Super Bowl over the weekend you may have noticed the more than 300 drones during the halftime show. Yes those were really drones in the sky, however they were not actually flying during the halftime show. The entire drone sequence was filmed earlier in the week because of FAA flight-over-people restrictions […]

CFI Brief: Awarded Top 50 Aviation Blog!

It’s nice to report that the Learn To Fly Blog received an early Christmas present this year. Earlier in the week, it was announced that the ASA Learn To Fly Blog would be included as one of the Top 50 Aviation Blogs on the Planet! We are honored to be included on this list and […]

Editor’s Picks: Books for Every Aviator on Your List

ASA has an expanding library of aviation titles for everyone in the industry, whether you’re a student pilot, mechanic, instructor, or flying for a major airline. Here are three to consider this season: For the student pilot… Dictionary of Aeronautical Terms Fifth Edition, by Dale Crane The aviation industry has a language all its own, […]

Happy Thanksgiving from ASA! ASA will be closed for the holiday on Thursday and Friday. The Learn to Fly Blog will be back with a new post on Monday.

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 […]

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