Should A Pilot Read Accident Reports? (4 Learning Topics)

Photo of ADC9 passenger jet fuselage an remnants after a crash.

Over the years I have heard many opinions concerning aircraft accident reports. Did you ever ask yourself, should a pilot read accident reports? Many pilots do not read them and perhaps do not know how to access them. I think they are very relevant to learning to be a better pilot. Should A Pilot Read … Read more

Is Aerodynamics Important In Flight? (3 Lifting Thoughts)

Orange sky showing super cooled water droplets at sunset.

I have been asked many times throughout the years how a big airplane can fly  Have you ever wondered Is Aerodynamics Important In Flight? Is Aerodynamics Important In Flight? Aerodynamics is the most important lesson in the Private Pilot syllabus and in learning to fly. It teaches the reasons why an airplane has the ability … Read more

Is An Instrument Approach Hard To Fly? (5 Directional Thoughts)

Airliner flight deck at dusk on top

A story that was conveyed to me once was about a pilot asking for an IFR, (Instrument Flight Rules), clearance and asking ATC if they could keep him out of the clouds! Is An Instrument Approach Hard To Fly? Instrument Approaches and Instrument flight, once mastered is the easiest, most rewarding flying that a pilot … Read more

Would You Own Or Fly An Electric Airplane? ( 5 Electrifying Thoughts)

Pipestrel Aircraft, Panthera in flight.

Had someone mentioned flying an electric airplane back in the early 1970’s I likely would have just laughed and said, “It will never happen?” I  have eaten my words. They are here. Would You Own Or Fly An Electric Airplane? I would definitely buy and own an electric airplane.  Today electric airplanes have been proven … Read more

How Does A Pilot Build Quality Flight Hours? (The Pilot Shortage).

Rear View Of The North American P51

Every low-time pilot has the desire to build hours. At the beginning of flight training, the goal is that 40 mark to obtain the Private Pilot Certificate. And the never-ending struggle to build more time continues. So, How Does A Pilot Build Quality Flight Hours?  Let’s look at some ways available today. How Does A … Read more

Is Pilot Proficiency Important In Aviation? ( 4 Points On Safety )

Portion of a VFR Sectional Chart.

Even Pilots that fly daily can get rusty so airline pilots are required to do proficiency checks. Why Is Pilot Proficiency Important? Why Is Pilot Proficiency Important? Pilot proficiency is the most important skill that a pilot must maintain. It ensures that the pilot knows the aircraft’s normal operations and emergency procedures and its limitations … Read more

How Do Pilots Overcome The Fear Of Stalls? (4 Thoughts On Stalls)

Disrupted air flow over wing.

It is a fact that stall/spin accidents in an airplane cause about 28% of all general aviation fatalities. It is not surprising that new pilots are afraid of stalls, so How Do Pilots Overcome The Fear Of Stalls? How Do Pilots Overcome The Fear Of Stalls? Fear of Stalls is overcome by doing them, Over … Read more

How Hard Is Private Pilot Training? (6 Easy Points)

FAA PILOTS HANDBOOK

How Hard Is Private Pilot Training? Many times in my aviation career I have had people say that they wished they had learned to fly. My usual comment was benign. I simply said, “It’s not too late to learn.” I often wonder if it was fear that stopped them from learning.  Let’s explore the training … Read more

Who Has The Best Pilot Job? (Some Insights In Career Flying)

Corporate Pilot Jumping For Joy With A King Air

With all the different kinds of flying jobs worldwide, did you ever wonder, Who Has The Best Pilot Job? After all, there are so many different ways you can make money flying airplanes, maybe some flying jobs are better than others. Have you thought of them all? Who Has The Best Pilot Job? I don’t … Read more