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Pilot Talking to ATC

Don’t Pilots Have to Talk with Air Traffic Control?

Most people take it for granted that pilots must communicate over the radio with ATC (air traffic control).  After all, how else can airplanes know what to do and when to do it? The fact is, for private pilots, there are lots of situations where no communication with ATC is required or even possible.  (For airline pilots and others taking...

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IFR vs VFR Flight Rules

What Is the Difference Between VFR and IFR Flying?

When a person first learns to fly airplanes, this pilot-to-be is trained to fly under what is called VFR.  This is an acronym for Visual Flight Rules. Although there are multiple competencies a VFR pilot must master, the area of expertise the general public associates most with piloting aircraft is the actual act of flying.  This includes manipulating the flight...

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Pilot communications

Pilot Communications

Let’s begin with this:  You can be a terrible communicator as a pilot, make every mistake I’m about to describe, and still have a safe and comfortable flight.  There is considerable finesse in handling pilot communications properly, but it is not the end of the world if you have flaws in your technique. Pilots are trained to use very specific...

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Airplane Landings

Airplane Landings

Whether you’re sitting in an airport restaurant gazing out at the runway or maybe standing at a small airport with your nose poked through the chain-link fence watching airplane landings and take offs, it’s always thrilling to see an air machine connect with or depart from the pavement.    There’s just something special about seeing thousands of pounds of metal (or...

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Great Flight Instructor At CAU

Great Flight Instructor Or Horrible Flight Instructor

Thinking about becoming a pilot?  Anyone who wants to fly needs to be taught by a competent instructor.  If you’re not in the military, you get to choose who will teach you, and it’s a much bigger decision that it first seems to be. Like in all things, you can have a great flight instructor or horrible one, and it makes...

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