Introduction to airplane flight instruments (video tip)

The flight deck of every airplane includes a collection of flight instruments that display important information, like airspeed, altitude, heading and turn information. In this video we’ll go over the standard 6 instruments you’ll find in a Cessna 172 and how to interpret their indications.

7 tips for your cold weather flying

The winter flying season is officially here, which means we have a new set of challenges to deal with while flying in sub-freezing temperatures. Flight training doesn't need to stop in the winter though; in fact the colder months provide some great opportunities to expand your knowledge on weather and aircraft operations in less than ideal conditions.

How to get an IFR clearance at a non-towered airport

Flying a light airplane offers access to thousands more airports than the airlines serve, which means you can land closer to your destination, avoid long taxi routes, and save time. For an instrument pilot, though, there is one key difference between a smaller, non-towered airport and a larger one with an air traffic control tower: obtaining an IFR clearance.

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VFR Flight Following – a pilot’s guide

VFR Flight Following is a service provided by ATC to participating aircraft and provides numerous benefits to both pilots and controllers. Here we will dispel some myths related to Flight Following and review how to make the request with your local approach or center controller.

From the Flight Deck Video Series: Complex Airfield Geometry

The FAA identified 7 airfield geometry configurations that most…

Density altitude dangers

High density altitude is the ultimate thief as it robs the aircraft of engine and propeller performance resulting in increased takeoff rolls and degraded climb performance.