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Soft-Field Takeoff – Flight Maneuver Spotlight

The soft-field takeoff technique will be required when departing from runway surfaces made of grass or dirt and will allow you to keep as much weight off the nose wheel as possible during the takeoff roll.

Friday Photo: Christmas delivery

The next best thing to Santa's sleigh and nine reindeer is the 172 Cutlass. There was just enough cargo room for my early morning departure to Chicago to spread some Christmas cheer!

Be aware of these 5 night flying deceptions

When it comes to night vision, we aren’t very good because we weren’t built for it. In fact, if it weren’t for rods, we wouldn’t be able to see anything in the dark.

Free training tools available in Sporty’s Pilot Training app

Sporty's Pilot Training app is the must-have resource for anyone who wants to improve their aviation skills. It's available on iPad, iPhone, Android devices, and even smart TVs like Roku and Apple TV. In addition to Sporty's complete courses (over two dozen are available), the app is also loaded with free tools for student pilots. Here's a look at some highlights.

Quiz: Cold Weather Operations

As winter sets in, it's more important than ever to understand…

Why you should participate in the NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System

The NASA ASRS is a voluntary, confidential, non-punitive, safety…

Pilot certificates are not participation trophies

A statistic was recently shared with us that indicates that in the past approximately 6-months, it appears first-time pass rates on private pilot airplane single-engine land practical tests are hovering somewhere in the 50-60% range. Take this to heart, please. It means that nearly half of our pilot applicants are failing their first attempts at a private pilot certificate.

How to read an instrument approach chart (video tip)

Instrument approaches are designed to guide pilots to the runway in IFR conditions when the visibility and/or ceilings are low. In this video, we'll review the different types of instrument approaches and the information you'll find in each section of an instrument approach chart.

Wake turbulence avoidance

When pilots think about wake turbulence avoidance procedures, they tend to focus on very large jet aircraft like a fully loaded 747 or large Airbus; however, when you are flying a Cessna 172 or Cherokee, “large” aircraft come in many sizes smaller than a 747. Those larger aircraft still represent an issue to smaller training aircraft like the ones you are flying.