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FAA LogoI spent a little time this morning perusing the FAA’s current practical test standards, required aeronautical knowledge areas, and sample written exam questions. While general aviation (GA) has seen notable advancements since I began flight training, I noticed that many of the FAA’s requisite knowledge and skill areas have failed to adapt with the times. Though certain changes, such as the adoption of scenario-based training (SBT), have been incorporated in recent years, I still believe the flight-training industry as a whole is largely stuck using 20th century instruction techniques.

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Stick and Rudder Skills: Pitch Plus Power Equals Performance

Do you have a bad attitude? I’m not asking about the FAA’s five hazardous attitudes; I’m interested in your airplane’s attitude. Attitude Flying Early airplanes had few instruments, so how did those early pilots fly? They looked out the window and flew by judging their attitude with respect to the horizon and adjusting their throttle […]

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Night Flight Refresher: A Look at some Commonly Misunderstood Requirements

Most general aviation (GA) pilots with at least a private pilot certificate probably think night flight requirements are no big deal. Flip on the nav lights, make three stop-n-gos, and you’re good to go for the next 90 days, right? On the surface, night currency requirements are fairly cut and dry. However, the FAA’s official […]

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DECIDE vs. RADAR: Methods and Procedures in SPO

By: Michael Teninty M.A.S.  You can visit Michael’s blog at The Standard Pilot Log. Methods and procedures in SPO.  There are countless ways in which to operate an aircraft in SPO.  A pilot can readily find information on Single Pilot Resource Management (SRM) (FAA, 2009; Kearns, 2011), and guidance for Single Pilot Instrument Flight Rules (SPIFR) operations (Aircraft Owners and […]

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Stall, a Dreaded Occurrence in Flying?

As a pilot, the dreaded sound of the Stall Warning Horn in the cockpit is a scary thing if the Stall is not being intentionally induced to practice its recovery. A stall can occur during any phase of a flight regardless of the airspeed; a High-Speed Stall is an even more precarious situation. The angle […]

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How to do a perfect VFR Approach, Avoiding a Mid-Air Collision!

This post was sent in by Brannen M. Sanders (Former CFI #1732539) on November 22, 2011. Back in the mid-1970’s I purchased a slightly used Beechcraft Sierra, single engine aircraft. Part of the deal was that I would get about 10 hours of Dual Instruction in the airplane from the dealership. Most of the time […]

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