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Updated Articles and Resources

By Sarina Houston

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • FAA Passenger Safety Briefing: How to Brief Passengers Like a Pro Created: Friday, August 30, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      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 ...
    • Flight Instructing: Not As Bad as You Think Created: Monday, June 23, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      Being a flight instructor isn't as bad as people say it is. Here's why!
    • Aircraft Weight Classifications: Heavy, Large and Small Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      Aircraft are described as "heavy" or "large" in the aviation world. Here's what air traffic controllers and pilots really mean when they use these terms.
    • Aircraft Profile: Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Model 10 Electra Created: Friday, July 27, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      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 ...
    • In-Flight Wi-Fi Fleet Status Created: Friday, June 29, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      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."
    • Accident Profile: Colgan Air/Continental Connection Flight 3407 Created: Thursday, May 31, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      On February 12,2009, a Colgan Air jet,operating as Continental Connection Flight 3407, crashed during approach. The accident was gained notoriety for many safety issues, including regional airline pilot salaries, pilot fatigue, airline training standards and pilot commuting policies.
    • Aviation Medical Exams: Can You Fly After a DUI? Created: Saturday, March 30, 2013 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      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 int...
    • Flight Training: 7 Books You'll Need for Private Pilot Training Created: Thursday, February 28, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
      If you’re wondering which books you really need for your private pilot flight training, and which you don’t, here’s a list.
    • From Private Pilot to Airline Pilot, and Everything in Between Created: Sunday, June 22, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
      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.
    • Airsick? How to Prevent and Treat Motion Sickness While Flying Created: Friday, August 30, 2013 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
      Feeling queasy? Airsickness, a specific type of motion sickness, happens to many pilots and passengers. Here's what to do - an what not to do.
    • 5 Ways to Make Your Airport More Eco-Friendly Created: Thursday, April 05, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
      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 envi...
    • Basic Flight Instruments Created: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014
      There are six traditional flight instruments that a pilot uses in flight, which is why we refer to the basic instrument panel as a "6-pack."
    • 5 Things Every Instrument Pilot Needs: Created: Monday, September 24, 2012 Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014
      There are countless supplies on the commercial market for instrument pilots and instrument pilots in training. But which ones are really important? Here are five must-haves for instrument pilots.
    • 5 Totally Free Ways to Build Flight Time Created: Sunday, June 22, 2014 Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014
      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.
    • Modern-Day Amelia Earhart Makes A Name For Herself Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014
      Amelia Rose Earhart plans a flight around the world to raise awareness for Fly With Amelia Foundation.
    • 10 Ways Pilots Can Build Flight Time Created: Sunday, June 22, 2014 Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014
      10 time-building ideas for low-time professional pilots looking to gain hours and experience.
    • Advantages and Disadvantages of Military Flying Created: Sunday, June 22, 2014 Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014
      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?
    • The Role of a Safety Pilot Created: Sunday, June 22, 2014 Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014
      Safety pilots are necessary crew members when another pilot operates under simulated instrument conditions. They're there for - you guessed it - safety, to be the eyes and ears for the pilot flying while he's "under the hood."
    • 11 More Ways for Pilots to Build Flight Time Created: Sunday, June 22, 2014 Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014
      11 more time-building options for low time pilots who want to gain flight hours and experience.
    • Aircraft Profile: Boeing 787 Dreamliner Created: Saturday, June 30, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
      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.
    • The Best Job Search Websites for Pilots Created: Monday, March 26, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
      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...
    • Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW) or Maximum Gross Takeoff Weight (MGTOW) Created: Saturday, June 30, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
      In the FAA's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, Max Takeoff Weight is defined as the maximum allowable weight for takeoff.
    • The Recreational Pilot Certificate Created: Saturday, August 25, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
      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 u...
    • A Look at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Created: Monday, June 18, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
      Pilots, air traffic controllers, mechanics, and all aviation enthusiasts typically have a fond admiration of Oshkosh, also known as EAA AirVenture. It's big. It's exciting. There's something for everyone. What's not to love?
    • Your Guide to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Created: Monday, June 18, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
      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.
    • 7 Reasons You Shouldn't Become a Pilot Created: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
      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 ...
    • The National Airspace System Explained Created: Thursday, March 22, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
      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...
    • Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) Approach Created: Thursday, November 29, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
      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 navigationa...
    • Aircraft Profile: Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 Created: Monday, May 21, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
      Learjet announced its two new light business jets, the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75. The light business aircraft is priced between $11-13 million.
    • Basic Flight Instruments: The Vertical Speed Indicator (VSI) Created: Friday, May 31, 2013 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
      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 minut...
    • Inside the Aircraft Accident Investigation Process Created: Thursday, May 31, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
      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.
    • How to Become a Multi-Engine Pilot Created: Monday, September 24, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
      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.

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