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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 […]

Procedures and Airport Operations: The Airport/Facility Directory

Last week, we released the 12th edition of one of our keystone textbooks: The Complete Private Pilot. This week we’ll be covering procedures, and today we’ll introduce the Airport/Facility Directory (A/FD).  Here’s what Bob Gardner has to say about it in the latest edition of The Complete Private Pilot. Before setting off on a cross-country flight, […]

CFI Brief: Airman Testing, February Test Roll

It’s the first “Test Roll” of 2016, a process where the FAA implements changes to the FAA Knowledge Exam and announces what’s new and upcoming in airman testing. ASA will incorporate this information in updates to our publications. Some of the more beneficial items to note with February’s Test Roll are outlined below. 1. The FAA […]

Communication Procedures: Emergency Radio Procedures

How should you react to the unexpected? How should you ask for help? Today we’re talking about emergency radio procedures. This post comes from our textbook The Pilot’s Manual Volume 1: Flight School (PM-1B). Request assistance whenever you have any serious doubt regarding the safety of a flight. Transmission should be slow and distinct, with each word pronounced clearly […]

CFI Brief: Velocity vs. G-loads Diagram

Using the knowledge you learned from Monday’s post on the Vg diagram, let’s see if we can answer some of these sample FAA knowledge test questions. Remember, a complete database of sample questions can be found in ASA Test Prep Books and Prepware Software! Reference the figure below for all questions, however please note on […]

Weather: Fronts

Out here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re used to what’s generally characterized as “bad” weather. And since we’re setting regional rainfall records right now, let’s talk about weather. Specifically, fronts. As an air mass moves across bodies of water and land, it eventually comes into contact with another air mass with different characteristics. The boundary […]

Aircraft Systems: Oil Systems

We’re staying warm this week, but we’ll be talking about ways to keep your engine cool. Today’s post is on your aircraft’s engine oil system. Look for follow up Ground School posts in the coming weeks about your engine’s cooling and exhaust systems. And be sure to check out what we’ve already covered in regards […]

Communication Procedures: the Transponder

Today we’re talking communication procedures, specifically your airplane’s transponder. This post comes to us from Bob Gardner‘s The Complete Private Pilot. Although the transponder has no microphone or speaker, it is a means of communication with ground radar facilities. Interrogation signals transmitted from the ground are received by your transponder, and it replies with a […]

CFI Brief: Engine Failure, Video Clip

In keeping with the theme of gliding, this week I am going to follow-up Jason’s post with a clip from our Virtual Test Prep™ Flight Maneuvers DVD on airborne engine failures. After reading Monday’s post and watching this short clip see if you can answer the two following questions. 1. When executing an emergency approach […]

CFI Brief: Airplane Flight Manual (AFM)

In today’s post, we are going to discuss the Airplane Flight Manual (AFM). The AFM is a document that is developed by your airplane’s manufacturer containing specific information in regards to operating instructions of the aircraft. These manuals are specific to an aircraft’s serial number and are approved by the FAA. This manual must be […]

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