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CFI Brief: Airman Testing, October Test Roll

The October Airman Knowledge Test Roll has been released and information is now posted to the FAA website. You may be asking, test roll? What is that? Throughout the year, the FAA goes through a process of evaluating Airman Knowledge Tests. Part of this evaluation process is determining the need to remove questions that may […]

Reflections and Tips from Recent Practical Tests

Once again, we’re pleased to feature a guest post FAA DPE and CFI Jason Blair. Check out his post from last week on why you should be practicing the glide and his post onflying the traffic pattern from earlier this year. He writes his own blog at I would like to share a few […]

CFI Brief: Knowledge Test Questions, Stalls & Spins

As the angle of attack is increased (to increase lift), air will no longer flow smoothly over the upper wing surface but instead will become turbulent or “burble” near the trailing edge. A further increase in the angle of attack will cause the turbulent area to expand forward. At an angle of attack of approximately […]

Regulations: Medical Certificates

The first step in becoming a pilot is selecting an aircraft (whether it’s airplanes, gyroplanes, weight-shift, helicopters, powered parachutes, gliders, balloons, or even airships). The second step is obtaining a medical certificate and Student Pilot’s Certificate if the choice of aircraft is an airplane, helicopter, gyroplane, or airship. Today, with help from the Pilot’s Handbook […]

CFI Brief: Thunderstorms, BOOM!

For a thunderstorm to exist, you need two very basic elements: moisture and warm, rapidly rising air. This is why in the spring and summer months with the warmer conditions you tend to see an increase in thunderstorm activity. According to NOAA, at any given time across the world there are 1,800 thunderstorms occurring all […]

CFI Brief: Knowledge Exam Updates

New FAA Knowledge Exams were released February 9. The Private Pilot test saw the most significant changes this test cycle. Questions being deleted covered outdated topics including automatic direction finder/nondirectional beacon (ADF/NDB); Radar Summary Charts; the En Route Flight Advisory Service (EFAS); medevac; and transcribed weather broadcasts (TWEB). The FAA will also delete from the […]

CFI Brief: Aerodynamics Answers and Explanations

I hope everyone had a great weekend and got a chance to spend some time looking over Thursday’s questions, let’s see how you did. 1. When do the four forces that act on an airplane in equilibrium? A—During un-accelerated flight. B—When the aircraft is accelerating. C—When the aircraft is at rest on the ground. In […]

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