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Ground Reference Maneuvers: A Student’s Guide

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Student pilots must become familiar with ground reference maneuvers in order to demonstrate controlled airmanship. Ground reference maneuvers involve using an airplane’s flight controls to affect the course of flight. Knowing these are necessary to operate in an airport traffic pattern. A solid understanding of pitch, roll, and yaw are all involved, as are learning …

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The Importance of Airplane Maintenance

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Airplane maintenance is essential to ensure that the aircraft has no damage, is working properly, and can fly safely. Most people understand that it is necessary to regularly service an automobile to keep it in good running condition. After all, well-serviced cars last longer and are less likely to experience a breakdown and they are …

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Your Guide to Flight Controls

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Having a deep understanding of flight controls and instruments are crucial for a safe flight. Here is what you should know. Flight controls are the actual instrumentation and items which pilots use to control an aircraft. They are the primary tools of the pilot. All aircraft, even gliders, have flight controls, but advanced airplanes offer …

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Tips and Tricks to Stay Up to Date on IFR Training

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For pilots, it is important to stay up to date on IFR training. These 3 tips can help every pilot keep their instrument rating skills sharp.  Flying by instruments alone in adverse weather conditions is not easy, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is well aware of the many challenges it presents. That is why …

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Everything to Know About Airplane Speed

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Airplane speed is much more complicated that many think. This guide discusses the types of speed, and how it affects takeoffs and landings. Airplane speed is simply how fast an airplane goes, right? Not necessarily. Student pilots spend some time learning about the different aspects of speed in aviation. It is always important to balance …

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