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

Pilot Talking to ATC

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 …

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What Is the Difference Between VFR and IFR Flying?

IFR vs VFR Flight Rules

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.  …

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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 …

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Great Flight Instructor Or Horrible Flight Instructor

Great Flight Instructor At CAU

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 …

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