Now using an app on your smartphone or tablet can help you become a better pilot. If you started flying before the iPad in 2010 you might remember aviation-specific portable-flight-bag tablets. They were big, heavy, and a general pain. With smartphones and tablets, and the apps that created for them, it quickly eliminated the heavy…

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Are you thinking about or waiting to start flight training, but want to get a head start? There are plenty of things you can start working on today before you step foot in an airplane for the first time. In this article, we’ll look at 10 things you can start getting familiar with that you…

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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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