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The Value of Practice

Once we achieve our private pilot certificates – nearly overwhelmed by the hours of practice that’s required, not to mention the money spent – we tend not to practice landings, or maneuvers like slow flight, very often. After all, we

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The Ground Loop

Writing about one’s own stupidity is never easy – especially when that stupidity had government witness. Nonetheless, enough time has passed to assuage the embarrassment and psychic pain, so let me tell you about my ground loop. First, for those

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Just How Slooooowwwww Can You Go

I learned a big time lesson last month. I’ve been flying since 1975, instructing since 1998, and you’d think in all that time that I’d learn how to fly slow … and teach people how to fly slow. And I

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Communications Should Be Simple

Okay … I’m in full rant mode on this topic. How hard is it to communicate with ATC? Apparently it’s more difficult than anyone can imagine. I mean, we start communicating not long after we take our first breaths, don’t

Posted in Rants, Training Topics

Taking on the Tailwheel

By Kris Lichter and Glenn Daly Kris: One of the things you learn about pilots as you become one yourself is that there are different strokes for different folks. Some people live to fly high and fast, others love cruising

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The Value of Experience

This is going to sound self-serving – and it probably is – but there is a point. No … really. It happens sometimes that a student chooses not to fly with me because my rates are higher than most instructors

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New Year’s Resolutions

Ah, the New Year: bad hangovers and worse resolutions. Ideally, if you suffered the one, you haven’t vowed to eliminate the source of the other. Pain fades and hangar flying sessions are always fueled by adult beverages. Why add the

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Winter Wonderland

Ah, wintertime. Ain’t it grand? Under SoCal Skies, winter ain’t much compared to other parts of the country. In Pittsburgh where I went to college, sub-zero wind chill factors, ice, sleet, snow and freezing rain were the winter norms. We

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The 40-hour Private Pilot Myth

Flight has lots of mythology: Icarus and Daedalus; Pegasus, the winged horse; flying dragons and flying monkeys (c.f. “The Wizard of Oz”). One of the biggest flight training myths is that of the 40-hour private pilot. (An even greater myth

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The Male/Female Pilot Myth – a short treatise

There are those who will tell you that males make better pilots than females. In a word, that is hogwash – or, if you prefer plainer language, bullshit. In many ways, women take to flying easier and quicker than men.

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