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Can You Afford to Buy Your Own Airplane?
Buying an airplane can definitely be affordable, but it’s not for everyone. Your specific financial situation and how you measure value as it relates to aircraft ownership will determine if you’re ready to take the plunge into aircraft ownership.
The Top 4 U.S. Aviation Universities
Choosing an aviation university can be difficult. This article compares four commonly known aviation universities, including student enrollments, tuition and aircraft fleets.
7 Bad Reasons to Become a Pilot
There are a lot of reasons to become a pilot: flying is a lot of fun and for most, it's a very satisfying career. But there are a few misconceptions to clear up about the lifestyle of a commercial pilot. Here are 7 reasons that you should not become a pilot.
4 Ways to Become an Airline Pilot
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be an airline pilot? Learning to fly an airplane isn't all that hard, but it takes a lot of time and money.
Top 12 Gift Ideas for Aviation Enthusiasts
If you need gift ideas for an aviation enthusiast, look no further. The good news is that aviation enthusiasts usually aren't picky about their gifts. A true avgeek will probably like anything aviation related. Here are a few ideas with a wide price range to get you started:
5 Steps to Becoming a Commercial Pilot
To fly a regularly scheduled passenger service, or to fly for an airline, you'll also need to gain the additional requirements for those specific jobs.
The Aviation Medical Exam: What to Expect
For most people, the aviation medical exam will be a piece of cake. For others, it can be frustrating to wait for the waiver process to be completed. But most of the time, the FAA will let you keep flying in the end.
10 Places That Provide Flight Training...
If you're like most pilots, it's likely that you have (or will) run out of money at some point during your training. But don't give up! There are resources out there to help. From recreational to commercial pilots, there's something for everyone.
Flight Training: 7 Books You'll Need for...
If you’re wondering which books you really need for your private pilot flight training, and which you don’t, here’s a list.
6 Basic Flight Instruments That Pilots Need to...
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How to Buy an Aircraft
Aircraft ownership might seem like a dream for the average pilot, but those who have gone through it know that buying an airplane can be a real nightmare!
FAQ: Medical Certificates for Pilots
In order for most people to fly an airplane in the United States, the FAA requires a pilot to obtain a medical certificate from an FAA medical examiner.
10 Ways for Pilots to Build Flight Time
10 time-building ideas for low-time professional pilots looking to gain hours and experience.
10 Steps to Planning a Cross Country Flight
Planning a cross-country flight can seem like a daunting task. Flight planning can be a lot of work but the more you do it, the easier it gets! Here's a step-by-step process to break it down into pieces:
How to Become a Private Pilot
Private pilots enjoy the freedom and convenience of flying a small aircraft for travel or business. Check out these steps for how to become a private pilot.
Flight Schools: The Pros and Cons of Aviation...
The question of whether to attend an aviation university and get a degree in a flight-related program or obtain your pilot certificates through another means is one of the most widely asked questions from prospective pilots. Find out if an aviation degree is right for you.
How to Become a Multi-Engine Pilot
If you want to fly higher, you'll need an airplane multi-engine rating in addition to a private pilot certificate or commercial pilot certificate.
6 Reasons You Should Become a Pilot
Everywhere you go, you'll find people talking about why you shouldn't become a pilot. They're quick to talk about the misfortunes of airline pilots and various other hardships that pilots face, but deep down, they probably still believe that becoming a pilot is the best thing they've ever done
Definition: Aircraft Fixed Cost
Fixed costs, as opposed to variable costs, are defined as costs that remain the same over a period of time. An aircraft’s fixed cost is the same no matter how much the airplane flies.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Composite...
Common composite materials - fiberglass, carbon fiber and fiber-reinforced matrix systems - are commonly used in aviation. What are the advantages?
Can Pilots Have Successful Relationships?...
Airline pilots are faced with a myriad of challenges when it comes to maintaining a healthy marriage. Here's a snapshot of what pilots go through during a day's work.
Basic Flight Instruments: The Airspeed Indicator
The airspeed indicator is part of the pitot-static system, a differential pressure system that measures both dynamic air pressure from the pitot tube and static pressure from a static port.
Buying an Airplane: How to Choose the Right...
Aircraft ownership comes with a lot of decisions, but if you stay focused on your specific needs, choosing the right one will be easier.
The Recreational Pilot Certificate
By far the least popular of all of the pilot certificates is the recreational pilot certificate. It was meant to be a simpler version of the private pilot certificate, but the restrictions placed upon it aren't popular with students. Regardless, the certicate is still available as a less intense version of the private pilot certificate.
Aircraft Variable Costs
Fixed and variable costs are important to determine when buying or operating an airplane. While fixed costs are relatively obvious, variable costs can be somewhat more complex. Determining both fixed and variable costs ahead of time can offer insight for a potential buyer to determine if he or she can afford aircraft ownership.
How to Become an Aircraft Mechanic
Aircraft maintenance technicians are responsible for performing repair, preventative and routine maintenance on all kinds of aircraft and helicopters.
Aviation Medical Exams: Can You Fly After a DUI?
A commonly asked question when it comes to aviation medical exams is whether an applicant will pass the exam successfully with a previous DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated). This is a very difficult question to answer.
Aircraft Rental: Wet vs. Dry Rates
Know the difference between a wet aircraft rental rate and a dry rental rate.
How Do Pilots Navigate?
Air navigation is accomplished by various methods. The method or system that a pilot uses for air navigation will depend on the type of flight that will occur (VFR or IFR), which navigation systems are installed on the aircraft, and which navigation systems are available in a certain area.
Aircraft Profile: Boeing 787 Dreamliner
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is known as one of the world's most successful aircraft. It's fuel efficient and clean, and is built for sustainability.
What's a "heavy" aircraft? Is it different from...
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Feeling Queasy? How to Prevent Motion Sickness...
Feeling queasy? Airsickness, a specific type of motion sickness, happens to many pilots and passengers. Here's what to do - and what not to do.
Flight School: The Pros and Cons of Aviation...
The decision to attend an aviation university is a big one. Aviation universities can be very beneficial when it comes to learning, networking and getting a job as a pilot. But they’re costly and many people recommend a back-up plan in case you’re grounded in the future. Page 2.
Bombardier Launches New Ultra-Long-Range Jets
Bombardier launched two additions to its family of ultra long-range jets at NBAA 2010. The new Global 7000 and 8000 will offer the largest cabins and longest range of any business jet currenttly on the market.
Do You Know All of the Different NOTAMs?
A NOTAM is an abbreviation for a Notice to Airmen. NOTAMs are issued by the FAA for many different reasons, but mostly to inform pilots of changes to airports, airways and local procedures that affect the safety of flight.
Are Light Sport Aircraft the New Trend in Light...
Light Sport Aircraft (LSAs) are gaining popularity, and for good reason: pilots can earn a sport pilot certificate in a light sport aircraft for cheaper and in less time than a traditional private pilot license. These smaller aircraft are also less expensive and easier to operate than the typical flight training aircraft of the past.
Top 12 Gift Ideas for Professional Pilots
Professional pilots are sometimes difficult to buy presents for. They usually have all of their necessary
PAVE: A Personal Minimums Checklist for Risk...
PAVE is an acronym devised by the Federal Aviation Administration for use as a personal minimums checklist for pilots. Each letter of the acronym stands for a different risk factor associated with flying
9 Influential African Americans that Changed...
The first black woman to hold an international pilot’s license, Bessie Coleman was a pioneer for both African Americans and women in aviation.
Aircraft Weight and Balance Terms
A review of some of the definitions and explanations for the most common aircraft weight and balance terms.
Aircraft Profile: Learjet 70 and Learjet 75
Learjet announced its two new light business jets, the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75. The light business aircraft is priced between $11-13 million.
What's With All the Lights? Airport and Runway...
If you've been to any major airport at night, you may have noticed that there are a lot of different kinds of lights - yellow, white, blue, green. Why do we need so many lights? And what do they all mean?
What Was Different About Amelia Earhart's Model...
The Lockheed Model 10 Electra is most famous as the aircraft that Amelia Earhart flew on her attempted around-the-world flight in 1937. Built for early airline operations, the Electra Model 10 was a twin-engine, all-aluminum aircraft with retractable landing gear, variable-pitch propellers, and twin tail fins and rudders.
ETOPS in a Nutshell
ETOPS describes a type of operation in which air carriers are allowed to fly an extended range over places where landing areas are sparse, such as over the ocean.
What is FIS-B?
FIS-B is short for Flight Information System-Broadcast. FIS-B is a data broadcasting service that works with ADS-B to allow aircraft operators to receive aeronautical information such as weather and airspace restrictions through a data link to the cockpit.
5 Totally Free Ways to Build Flight Time
Building flight hours is an essential part of becoming a professional pilot. Here are a few suggestions for building flight hours without spending another dime.
Basic Flight Instruments: The Vertical Speed...
The vertical speed indicator is a basic flight instrument that tells the pilot whether the airplane is climbing, descending or in level flight. The VSI also gives rate information in feet per minute (fpm) for the climb or descent.
How to Become a Flight Instructor and Get Paid...
If you're interested in becoming a flight instructor, then you're in luck -- flight instructors are pretty high in demand right now, and this particular career path is expected to remain in demand for quite a few years, according to some experts.
Aviation Medical Exams: Do You Have One of...
If you're applying for an aviation medical certificate for the first time, it's smart to know what to expect. Here are some FAA disqualifying medical conditions that you should be aware of before applying for your first aviation medical certificate.
How Much Do Airplanes Cost?
The price of an airplane is often hard to pinpoint because no aircraft is the same. But here are a few examples of what you can expect to pay for certain types of aircraft.
Aircraft Systems: Pitot-Static System
The pitot-static system supplies power to three basic aircraft instruments: The airspeed indicator, altimeter and vertical speed indicator.
What's an Advisory Circular and Why Should You...
Advisory Circulars are informational documents produced by the FAA to inform and guide institutions and individuals within the aviation industry.
Buying an Airplane: Reducing the Cost of...
For many, purchasing an airplane is thought to be an unattainable dream. Aircraft ownership can become a reality, though, if you do some research and find creative ways to make the cost manageable.
How to Become an Aircraft Dispatcher
Aircraft dispatchers work for airlines and other scheduled carriers to ensure the safety of flight. They share the overall responsibility for the safety of each flight with the captain and work to maintain safe, efficient operations for their company. It takes only about 5-6 weeks of training to obtain your FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate.
Aircraft Rental: Is Hobbs Time or Tach Time...
For pilots, there's a definite love-hate relationship with the Hobbs meter in an aircraft. And what about Tach time?
Is Military Flying For You?
Military aviation is a challenging and rewarding career field, and one that will easily prepare a young pilot for a future career as an airline pilot. Is the military for you?
Inside the Aircraft Accident Investigation...
Air travel today remains safe, thanks in part to accident investigation. Findings from accident investigators pave the way for changes to be made in aviation.
Basic Flight Instruments: The Altimeter
The conventional aircraft altimeter works by measuring the atmospheric pressure at the airplane's flight altitude and comparing it to a preset pressure value.
FAQs: The Sport Pilot Certificate
The sport pilot certificate was was developed by the FAA in 2007 in order to make flying more affordable and available to people. There are two main advantages to the sport pilot certificate: first, you don't need an aviation medical exam, and second, you can complete the training in less time.
The ABCs of Emergency Landings
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The I'M SAFE Checklist
As pilots, we love our checklists. So it's no surprise that there is a self-assessment checklist to assist pilots in determining physical and mental health before flight. The I'M SAFE Checklist is taught early in flight training and is used throughout a pilot's professional career to assess their overall readiness for flight when it comes to health.
Aircraft Profile: Boeing 777 Family
The Boeing 777 family is a group of long-range airliners designed and built in the early 1990s and first delivered into service in 1995.
How to Conduct an FAA Passenger Safety Briefing
If you really want to give a professional and adequate passenger safety briefing, there are a series of items you should include. Learn how to brief passengers like a professional pilot and you'll impress your check pilot and put your passengers at ease. As a bonus, when you provide a successful briefing from the beginning of your flight training, you'll transition easily to the next step in your flying career.
11 MORE Ways for Pilots to Build Flight Time
11 more time-building options for low time pilots who want to gain flight hours and experience.
Career Profile: Airport Management and...
Airport managers are at the center of each airport. They are the decision-makers and policy-makers for airports. They create jobs and manage each airport department.
Think You Can't Afford an Airplane? Check out...
The cost of aircraft ownership is high, but there are ways to reduce the financial burden of buying an airplane, like shared ownership
Introduction to The ADF/NDB Navigation System
The ADF/NDB navigation system is one of the oldest air navigation systems still in use today. It works from the most simple radio navigation concept: a ground-based radio transmitter (the NDB) sends an omnidirectional signal that an aircraft loop antenna receives. The result is a cockpit instrument (the ADF) that displays the direction to an NDB station, allowing a pilot to
What Will Your In-Flight Wi-Fi Cost?
The price of airborne Wi-Fi varies depending on the package the customer purchases, but can range from $5-$15 per day, or $30-50 per month.
Flight Training: How to Choose the Right Flight...
Choosing a flight school isn't an especially difficult task, but it's a decision worth putting some thought into. Here are a few things to consider.
The Pilot Fatigue Problem
For years, pilot fatigue has been a real issue. Airline pilots, as well as cargo, corporate and charter pilots all face fatigue while flying. While fatigue can be common and overlooked in the aviation industry, it poses a very troubling threat to safety and should be taken seriously.
FAA Final Rule: Pilot Duty and Rest Requirements
In December 2011, the FAA established a final rule for pilot duty and rest requirements in an effort to combat the risks of fatigue in aircrews. This new regulation provides more stringent rest requirements and flight hour restrictions than previously, a move that the FAA hopes will satisfy the public demands for a safer flying environment.
Fractional Ownership of a Cirrus SR22: Can You...
Fractional or shared ownership of small aircraft has become an ideal way for some people to operate an aircraft. But is renting still cheaper? Here's a look at the pros and cons.
Flight Training: Part 61 and Part 141 Flight...
Flight schools are categorized as either Part 61 or Part 141 flight training programs, and sometimes both. Which is the better option for you?
Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW) or Maximum Gross...
In the FAA's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, Max Takeoff Weight is defined as the maximum allowable weight for takeoff.
Are You Supposed to Use Seat Belts or Carseats...
Are you familiar with child restraint systems on aircraft? How old can a child be to ride on the lap of a passenger on a plane? Can any old car seat suffice for aviation use? What about parachute operations?
Airborne Wifi FAQs: Broadband Takes Flight
Airlines and private jet operators are scrambling to add airborne wifi, while manufacturers and installers are also looking to cash in on the demand.
Aircraft Profile: Cessna 162 Skycatcher
Cessna's newest training aircraft, the Skycatcher, answers the market's call for light sport aircraft. An all-metal, high-wing aircraft with roomy side-by-side seating, the Cessna 162 Skycatcher LSA is marketed for personal use and flight schools.
Which Type of Aviation Medical Certificate...
There are three different classes of aviation medical certificates: First class, second class and third class. The type of flying a pilot does will determine which type he should obtain.
How to Become a Sport Pilot
The sport pilot certificate was created with the aviation enthusiast and hobbyist in mind. It was partially developed to encourage more people to fly. The sport pilot certificate costs less to obtain than the customary private pilot license, and doesn't require a student to have an FAA medical certificate, making it a more viable option for some.
Private Pilot to Airline Pilot, and Everything...
The path from private pilot to airline pilot, including what certificates and ratings are required and how low-time pilots build enough flight hours for the airlines.
What Do All of Those Navigation Terms Mean?
Aircraft navigation terms can often be confusing, but experience with cross-country flights and the practical use of navigation techniques makes these terms easier to identify.
How Does TIS-B Work, and is it Worth it?
TIS-B is short for Traffic Information System-Broadcast. It's a traffic reporting system that uses ADS-B ground stations and radar data to transmit aircraft position data to aircraft cockpit displays. In essence, TIS-B will allow the pilots in the cockpit to see what the air traffic controller sees.
More Than Three Types of NOTAMs?
Confused about NOTAMs? Aviation & Aerospace.
What Do VMC and IMC Mean?
VMC and IMC are aviation terms used to describe meteorological conditions during flight.
Aircraft Profile: Boeing 747-8
Boeing has done it again. Rolling off the production line at the end of 2011, the first Boeing 747-8 aircraft is sure to impress. But does the longest airplane in the world have good enough customer appeal to compete with its rival, the Airbus A380?
How to Avoid Being Shot Down by a Military...
Don't get shot down! You should always avoid flying through TFRs, of course, but if you do fly into one, knowing your aircraft intercept procedures can save your life!
Why You Need an Instrument Rating and How to...
An instrument pilot can legally fly in the clouds, rain and fog, which broadens his or her abilities and keeps them in the air instead of on the ground during inclement weather.
What's the Difference Between ADS-B Out and...
There are two types of ADS-B that can be installed on an airplane: ADS-B Out and ADS-B In. Both are valuable, but as of 2013, only ADS-B Out is mandated by the FAA's Final Rule, issued in 2010, which states that all aircraft operating in designated airspace must be equipped with ADS-B Out by January 1, 2020.
NextGen in a Nutshell: The Next Generation Air...
NextGen is short for Next Generation Air Transportation System, an FAA program developed to modernize today's national airspace system with the help of the entire industry. NextGen isn’t just a single program; it's made up of a series of different initiatives designed to make the airspace system more efficient.
What's an Airplane Made Of?
The basic structure and components of an airplane are explained, including the fuselage, wings, horizontal stabilizer and powerplant, along with structure materials and frame design.
How Pilots Use GPS
The global positioning system, or GPS as it is commonly known, is a vital component to modern air navigation, and an invaluable component to the FAA's NextGen program.
In-Flight Wi-Fi Status Update
To date, at least 1,700 commercial airliners have in-flight Wi-Fi capability, making it completely possible for you to Facebook your friends or complete that business presentation at 30,000 feet. Wireless internet on airplanes is becoming more and more common, as airlines rush to equip their aircraft with Wi-Fi capabilities for demanding customers.
Your Private Pilot Check Ride: What to Expect
You've worked hard to get to this point. You've completed countless takeoffs and landings, soloed for the first time, experienced the beauty of cross country flights and night flights. The only thing left is the check ride. Here's what you can expect.
How Do I Equip My Aircraft for ADS-B?
Learn how to equip your aircraft for ADS-B according the the FAA's final rule, which requires all aircraft operating in designated airspace to be equipped with ADS-B Out capabilities.
Boeing Announces Ab Initio Flight Training...
Boeing announced at EAA AirVenture that it was beginning an ab initio flight training program in response to increasing pilot demands. The Pilot Development Program will take pilots from zero pilot hours to being type-rated in a Boeing jet.
7 Unique Aviation Gifts from Etsy.com
Looking for something unique for the pilot in your life? These fantastic aviation-themed gift ideas from Etsy.com would be perfect gifts for the pilots or aviation enthusiast!
Do Flight Instructors Have the Worst Job in...
Being a flight instructor isn't as bad as people say it is. Here's why!
What's an LPV Approach?
LPV approaches and WAAS capabilities in general open up new options for pilots. With properly-equipped aircraft, operators will save time and money by using WAAS as an extremely precise navigational aid.
7 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Flying
Being a pilot is expensive. Here are seven ways to cut costs of flying.
Single Pilot Resource Management (SRM)
Through single pilot resource management (SRM), a single pilot is taught to manage workload, mitigate risk, correct errors, and make good decisions -- just the same as a crew would do with CRM concepts.
Do You Know How High You Are? Aviation...
There are numerous types of altitudes in use within the flying environment. Here's what they all mean, and examples of where you might come across each one.
A Beginner's Guide to Plane Spotting
Plane spotting is a great way to learn about and enjoy the aviation industry and the aircraft and airlines within it. For anyone who enjoys airplanes, plane spotting makes a great hobby. Here's how to get started.
What's the Difference Between a Nautical Mile...
In the aviation world, the standard measurement for distance is the nautical mile. Here's how it's different from the statue mile.
Top 12 Gift Ideas for Flight Instructors
Looking for a great gift idea for a flight instructor? Here's a list of gift ideas for the flight instructor that covers a wide range of budget options.
Aircraft Profile: Boeing 737 MAX
Since the first Boeing 737 aircraft was flown in the late 1960s, it has proven itself over and over again as the most popular airliner ever. The latest model, the Boeing 737 MAX, is part of Boeing's Next Generation 737 aircraft group, and is meant to be the most efficient single-aisle airplane on the market.
The Best Job Search Websites for Pilots
After at least 10 very slow years, the aviation industry is in a period of growth. Experts predict that we'll encounter a drastic pilot shortage in the coming years, which means that your dream job may not be as far away as you thought!
Aircraft Profile: Airbus A350 XWB
The Airbus A350-WXB is a family of wide-body jets introduced to rival the eco-friendly Boeing 787, and Boeing 777.
Airlines with In-Flight Wi-Fi Capability
Check Out the Current Status of U.S. and International Airlines with In-Flight Wi-Fi Capability, including which aircraft are equipped and which companies are providing the service.
Checkride Prep: Explaining Aircraft Systems the...
How to explain aircraft systems in a simple, organized manner.
Full-Flight Simulator
A full-flight simulator (FSS) is the most advanced type of simulator available to pilots and training institutions. A FSS must include a full replica of an exact make, model and series of aircraft cockpit and must perform in the same way that the actual aircraft performs in flight.
Scoot: Asia's Newest Low-Cost Airline
Following in the footsteps of flailing Air Asia X, the newest air carrier to emerge is Scoot, a low-cost airline flying under parent company Singapore Airlines.
The National Airspace System Explained
The National Airspace System has proven to be a reliable system. In fact, the United States has the safest skies in the world with respect to air transportation. The NAS involves more than just the control tower at your local airport, though.
2015 Aviation Year-in-Review: Top 10 Most-Share...
The Top 10 aviation articles that you shared the most on social media in 2015.
9 Illusions Pilots Encounter While Flying
Illusions can cause disorientation in pilots, especially at night or in low-visibility conditions. Here are 9 visual illusions that pilots are confronted with while flying.
Why Did Delta's Flight Attendants Reject Union?
Delta Air Lines' flight attendants voted down an attempt to unionize. The decision should clear the way for full integration with their colleagues from Northwest, more than two years after the two carriers merged.
A Complete Guide to Aviation Gifts
Here's an entire gift guide for various types of aviation fans. Here, you'll find over 50 aviation gift ideas for flight instructors, airline pilots, aircraft owners and even the plain old aviation enthusiast!
How VORs Work: A look at the world's most...
The Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range (VOR) system is a type of air navigation system. Though older than GPS, VORs are very commonly used and have been a very reliable source of navigation information since the 1960s
How Much Does a Private Pilot License Cost?
The cost of flight training varies widely. A private pilot license can cost between $4,000 and $15,000, depending on the location, type of airplane used, type of flight school, instructor experience, and the pace at which a student can learn.
Is My Airplane a Technologically Advanced...
Technologically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) is a modern term used to describe light aircraft with advanced equipment on board
4 Advancements in On-Board Communication Devices
Technology is changing the way we do business everywhere, and it’s no different in the aviation world. If you haven’t already seen this new aviation technology in the cockpit, you will soon.
What is ACARS?
A datalink system that allows aircraft to communicate with ground systems digitally while in flight, ACARS has proven to be a reliable tool, making flight safer and more efficient.
Pilots Marrying Pilots: How Three Flying...
Three women pilots and their pilot husbands tell how they manage family life.
How ADS-B Works: A Look at the Foundation of...
ADS-B works by using satellite data to provide accurate aircraft information to air traffic controllers. ADS-B is part of the FAA's NextGen program, a modernization plan for the nation's air traffic system.
Taking a Discovery Flight? Here's What to Expect
A discovery flight is usually a short flight with a certified flight instructor or commercial pilot that includes your participation. In case you’re curious, here are a few details about what to expect during a discovery flight.
Hawker 400XP Production Suspended
Hawker Beechcraft has suspended production of the Hawker 400XP light jet. The troubled manufactured is struggling to cope with declining demand for its aircraft.
Company Profile: Fly With Amelia Foundation
The Fly With Amelia Foundation is a nonprofit organization in Colorado created by Amelia Rose Earhart, a pilot who happens to share the love of flight - and a name - with the legendary Amelia Earhart.
Your Guide to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
An aviation enthusiast's guide to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Learn how to get tickets, arrival options, lodging options and what to bring to the world's greatest aviation event.
6 Ways to Celebrate National Aviation Day
National Aviation Day is celebrated on August 19th each year, which happens to be Orville Wright's birthday. President Roosevelt created National Aviation Day in 1939 as a way to celebrate the growth and advancements being made in aviation.
6 Airports That Have Gone Green - Here's How...
Six major airports have gone green. Here's how they did it.
Amelia Earhart to Fly Around the World. (Wait,...
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12 Gift Ideas for Aircraft Owners
Aircraft Owners always need supplies. But if you aren't a pilot or aircraft owner yourself, you might be wondering what, specifically, an aircraft owner wants or needs. Here are some ideas for what get an aircraft owner for Christmas or other special occasion.
The Mid-Air Collision That Transformed Our...
On June 30, 1956, United Airlines Flight 718 and TWA Flight 2 collided over the Grand Canyon. There were no survivors.
7 FAA NextGen Programs to Watch For
How much do you really know about the NextGen programs? If you haven't studied up on it yet, now is the time. NextGen, the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System, is being implemented whether you're ready or not. Here are seven NextGen transformational Programs you need to know:
New Quadcopter? You'll Need a Registration for...
As of December 21st, 2015, the FAA requires all unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), like drones and quadcopters, to be registered in its aircraft database.
What You Need to Know Before Going on a...
Here are a few common questions and the answers from people have had about their upcoming Discovery Flight.
Plane Spotting Etiquette: Do's and Don'ts for...
There's really no right or wrong way to spot aircraft. There are, however, a few unwritten rules and guidelines for plane spotting. Here are a few of the do's and don'ts of the plane spotting world.
Career Profile: Airport Emergency Response...
Every airport must have emergency response plan in place. A well thought-out and practiced emergency response plan can save lives in an emergency. An inadequate plan, however, can have fatal consequences.
Flight Training: What is Learner-Centered...
Maneuvers-based evaluations have been the focus of the FAA’s Practical Test Standards for decades. Now the industry has come to realize that decision-making and resource management are perhaps the most important tools an instructor can arm a student pilot with.
5 Ways to Make Your Airport More Eco-Friendly
With the world’s focus on sustainability, making your airport more eco-friendly becomes more important every day. Your airport probably has a good waste management plan in place, but how environmentally-friendly is it? And can you do more? Here are five ideas for making your airport more eco-friendly.
Who is required to use ADS-B?
ADS-B is an FAA NextGen program designed to make airspace safer and more efficient. Is using ADS-B mandatory? Will your aircraft need to be equipped for ADS-B?
FAA: Airline Passengers Can Use Electronic...
In a highly-anticipated move, the FAA said on October 31st that they've issued new guidance for electronic devices in flight that no longer requires passengers to turn off their personal electronic devices during takeoff and landing.
CRM: Crew Resource Management
Crew resource management is an essential part of any flight department's training and a critical piece of knowledge in a pilot's career. All professional pilots are trained in CRM, and the focus remains on specific concepts such as aeronautical decision-making, risk management, leadership, and error management
How to Plan a VFR Cross Country Flight at Night
Planning a night cross-country flight? There are a few things about night flying that you should consider when planning a night cross-country flight.
The Temporary Flight Restriction Explained
Temporary flight restrictions explained.
Wake Turbulence: An Invisible Hazard
An invisible hazard known as wake turbulence that will quickly cause a normal airplane to become uncontrollable, and even break into pieces, during flight.
The Anonymous Safety Programs of the Airlines
The Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) is a voluntary program in which airlines and other Part 121 operators team up with the FAA to enhance flight safety.
Aircraft for Sale: Websites for Buying &...
If you are ready to take the plunge and become an aircraft owner, check out these websites that list private aircraft for sale.
The Cirrus SR22: Sophistication for the GA Pilot
The Cirrus SR22 has been the best-selling aircraft in its class for the last 10 years. It has the latest in cockpit technology, is easy to fly and has a sleek look.
12 Annoying Things Flight Instructors Do
A list of the 12 most annoying habits of flight instructors, as compiled Reddit pilots.
How Airports Handle Emergencies
Ever wonder how airport emergency operations work? What exactly happens in the moments after a plane crash? Here's how airports handle emergencies.

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