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Heroes in Flight: Howard Hughes

For many people, their first encounter with Howard Hughes was through the movie “The Aviator.” Hughes, born in 1905, was an American business magnate, investor, engineer, film director, and record-setting pilot. Hughes was included in Flying Magazine’s list of the 51 heroes of Aviation, coming in ranked at No. 25. Let’s take a look at…

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New Online Aviation Market

A new web-based marketplace for all things aviation has made its debut. The promise is to address what has been described as a minimal and frustrating online aviation shopping experience. Aviators Market was created “to meet the changing needs of everyone in business and general aviation that relies on the internet to buy, sell or…

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ATP Certificate

If you’re considering a career as a commercial pilot you will be required to have an airline transport pilot certificate (ATP). An ATP certificate is now a must for anyone planning to fly for a scheduled airline or as a charter captain. That pretty much covers all professional pilots. Why the Change? Previously, all ATPs…

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Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo

Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, Florida is one of the largest and most popular Spring events for the aviation world. For several years it’s been described as the “Spring break for pilots.” With around 500 exhibitors, daily airshows, thousands of airplanes and pilots, and onsite camping it’s every aviators dream week. The event runs from…

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Buying Your First Airplane

Whether you have 10 or 10,000 hours in your logbook, every pilot dreams of the day they’ll own an aircraft. The thought of flying your airplane whenever and wherever you want is very appealing. Getting to know your aircraft is one of the great things about being a pilot. If you’re a student or recently…

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VFR VS. IFR Flying

There are two sets of rules for flying any aircraft: VFR and IFR. VFR stands for “Visual Flight Rules.” IFR stands for “Instrument Flight Rules.”  The weather conditions are usually the determining factor for which set of rules a pilot will choose. There are other factors, but this is an introduction, so for simplicity’s sake,…

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Insure Your Aircraft For the Right Amount

Determining the right amount to insure your aircraft for isn’t straightforward. If you over-insure or under-insure the value, you’re going to be paying more both ways. Aircraft insurance policies are not like car insurance policies in the way you value the asset. Aircraft insurance policies are ‘stated value’ policies, which means the insurance company values…

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Going Beyond the Private Pilot’s License

You have your private pilot’s license allowing you to carry friends and family over scenic landscapes. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to do, but that doesn’t have to be your stopping point. There are many additional certificates and ratings you can add to your knowledge base. Even if you don’t pursue a career…

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Why Pilots Have the World’s Best Job

Have you ever wondered what a career as a pilot would be like? Have you ever thought about what the process of becoming a pilot looks like? According to research by Boeing, the world will need an additional 637,000 pilots by 2036. With such a promising demand, job security looks pretty good. But aside from…

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