Pilots use flight control systems to control the forces of flight and the aircraft’s direction and altitude.  Flight control systems and characteristics can vary greatly depending on the type of aircraft you’re flying. The most basic flight control system designs are mechanical and date back to the earliest aircraft. Flight control systems are subdivided into…

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If you have a private pilot’s license, but don’t have an instrument rating, you may be missing out. An instrument rating allows you to fly rather than be stuck on the ground during cloudy weather conditions, and other weather conditions that cause low visibility. The Instrument Flight Rules Rating (IFR) training requirements include 30 hours…

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FAA Safety Briefing Editor, general aviation pilot, and flight instructor Susan K. Parson recently published a list called “Rules for Radio” that spells out proper and incorrect radio etiquette when you’re communicating to air traffic controllers. These tips are incredibly valuable for student pilots or those struggling with ATC communications. So, here’s a list of…

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The use of computers for flight simulation started in the 1960s and became universal in the 1980s. In the beginning, these simulators were only available on high-end systems, but as the personal computer grew, flight simulator quickly became mainstream and accessible to the public. Today, flight simulation can be experienced via popular video game consoles…

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When you learned to drive a car did you start out with a Lamborghini? Probably not, because they’re rare and expensive, but even more – they’re hard to drive. When you’re learning to fly you want to keep it as simple as possible. If you start your flying journey with a complex plane that’s not…

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