How Do I Get My Private Pilot Certificate? (The Journey Begins)

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Many people over the years have asked me, How Do I Get My Private Pilot Certificate? Learning to fly is one of the most exhilarating experiences in life without question. Let’s examine just exactly what getting this privilege takes. Let the Journey begin. How Do I Get My Private Pilot Certificate? It takes COMMITMENT.  You … Read more

What Are The Three Types Of Aviation Medicals? (3 Certificates)

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Most people realize that pilots need to be healthy to do their jobs, and I am sure that some may wonder as well, What Are The Three Types Of Aviation Medical Certificates? In this article, we will look at each of the classes of medical certificates and explain their individual purposes. What Are The Three … Read more

“How Far Do Planes Fall During Turbulence?” (5 Flying Facts)

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When you are flying in turbulent air do you think, “How Far Do Planes Fall During Turbulence?” It certainly feels like the airplane is falling, but is it really? Let’s find out. How Far Do Planes Fall During Turbulence? Aircraft may lose or gain around 100 feet, sometimes more, in turbulence. However, when an aircraft … Read more

“Can A Plane Flip Over in Turbulence?” (4 Flippin Thoughts)

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A somewhat controversial question that sometimes arises about aircraft in bad weather is “Can A Plane Flip Over In Turbulence?” I think it is a question that deserves discussion. “Can A Plane Flip Over In Turbulence?” Many will beg to differ, but YES, a plane can potentially be flipped over in flight in severe enough … Read more

Are Pilots Afraid Of Turbulence? ( 4 Bouncing Facts)

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I taught a lot of pilots how to fly in weather throughout my days flying FAR 135 operations and I was often asked, “Are Pilots Afraid Of Turbulence?” Turbulence while flying is uncomfortable and can cause unnecessary anxiety to all aboard. Are Pilots Afraid Of Turbulence? No, pilots are not afraid of turbulence. Some pilots … Read more