Pilots can now track medical applications in real-time

The FAA recently added a new feature to its online medical application system, MedXPress, that allows pilots to track the status of their medical certificates online throughout the application and review process. Prior to adding this new feature, pilots had to call to check their application status, or, in many cases, remain in the dark.

Video tip: takeoff and landing techniques from a short runway

You'll need to modify your takeoff and landing procedures when operating from shorter runways to obtain the maximum performance from the airplane. These techniques will allow you to shorten the ground roll and also provide additional clearance over obstacles if they are present near the runway.

The most important skill for new pilots to master: airspeed control

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At the end of the day, is there a single skill that is most important? One that would, if mastered, have the greatest impact on your ability to fly safely? It may not sound as exciting as crosswind landings or short field takeoffs, but learning to precisely control your airspeed is a foundational skill that makes these other skills easier to master. It demands discipline, practice, and attention, but it rewards you with smoother, safer flights.

Ask a CFI – When should I begin reducing my airspeed while on final approach to landing?

When should I begin reducing my airspeed while on final approach…

Flight Training Frustrations

We’ve all been there - you feel like the harder you practice to get it right and the more repetition involved, you still plateau, or worse, you regress. Sometimes it seems like there’s nothing you can do about it but keep spinning your wheels.

5 Tips For Flying The Traffic Pattern

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Takeoff and landing are statistically the most critical phase of any flight. Slow speeds and a close proximity to the ground require the utmost diligence from any pilot. Compounding these factors is the higher concentration of aircraft that exist in the terminal area.

Why add an instrument rating

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A Private pilot certificate provides versatility, comfort, and ease of travel versus travel via car or even airline. Along with it comes a sense of pride and a new immersive, close knit culture.
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Pilot Minute Video: Acceleration Tolerance

In the latest episode of the Pilot Minute video series, the FAA’s Federal Air Surgeon, Dr. Susan Northrup, covers internal and external factors affecting G-force induced loss of consciousness, or G-LOC, and how pilots can assess their readiness and tolerance using the preflight I’M SAFE personal checklist.

Pilot’s guide to Class E Airspace

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You'll spend most of your flight training and cross-country time in Class E airspace. Here we'll show how to identify the location of Class E airspace on a sectional chart and determine the floor in various parts of the country.

Strategies for maintaining instrument proficiency

While your instrument flying skills, cockpit management techniques, and risk management processes will no doubt be sharp when you earn your instrument rating, like anything in life, if you don’t use it, you lose it.