Sporty’s webinar video: iPad Proficiency Check

The dangers of automation

Technological advances in situational awareness have dramatically reduced the number of general aviation controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accidents. However, the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) has found that reliance on automation is a precursor to CFIT events.
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Ask a CFI – traffic pattern departures

The Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) offers two options for departing a non-towered airport traffic pattern – either straight out or a 45 degree ground track in the same direction as the traffic pattern (left if operating in a left-hand traffic pattern or right if operating in a right-hand traffic pattern) after reaching traffic patter altitude (1,000 AGL standard).

The FAA is hot on energy management—here’s why it matters

What most pilots mean when they say “stick and rudder flying” is really energy management, the process of constantly adjusting your airspeed, altitude, and power to arrive at your intended destination under control. The basic concept is both simple and profound: every airplane flies because of some combination of potential energy (altitude) and kinetic energy (airspeed). Think of it as two buckets that have varying levels of water.
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Top 5 articles from 2021 at Student Pilot News

We published hundreds of articles and videos at Student Pilot News in 2021. Here is a look back at five of our most popular, from helpful flying tips to debates about airplanes.

Five Ways to Save Money During Training

The most popular question I address with prospective pilots is how much and when? Of course the time and money variables go hand in hand. While difficult to arrive at an exact date and decimal point, pilots control much of their own destiny and we can provide ranges for time and money with reasonable accuracy based on past performance. 

CFIT and the overreliance on Automation – from the FAASTeam

Technological advances in situational awareness have dramatically…

3 Night Flying Pilot Hacks

It didn’t take many flights for me to really start to appreciate and enjoy flying at night. In many ways, it is better than flying during the day. But night flight isn’t without some unique challenges. Here are my top 3 hacks to overcome some of those challenges and make your night flights more enjoyable.

Pilot Minute video: streamline the medical certification process

In this episode of Pilot Minute, produced by the Civil Aerospace…

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.

Ask a CFI – minimum visibility for student pilots

What is the minimum visibility required for a student pilot operating…