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Learning to Fly In Cold Weather - California Aeronautical University

4 Disadvantages of Learning to Fly In Cold Weather

Taking flight lessons is an exciting next step, but for some student pilots, it can be frustrating to learn how to fly in cold weather. Student pilots who begin training in such places as Buffalo, North Dakota, or Alaska, may suddenly find themselves frustrated by the weather in areas where they might have grown up. (The average monthly temperature in...

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Pilot in Command - California Aeronautical University

Four Characteristics of a Great Pilot in Command (PIC)

Becoming a pilot in command comes with great responsibility, and every PIC should have these four characteristics.  It sounds like it would be great to always be pilot in command—either the person flying the aircraft in a solo flight, or the captain of the crew when there is more than one pilot working. You get to say “This is your...

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Aviation Weather and PIREPs - California Aeronautical University

4 Steps to Understanding Aviation Weather and PIREPS

Weather briefings are of vital importance in aviation. No matter where you are starting or where you are headed, taking off without proper meteorological information is a gamble. These four steps will help you to understand aviation weather and PIREPS. Inclement weather can strand pilots who are unable to fly IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) or,...

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Prepare for Your Pilot Interview - California Aeronautical University

How to Prepare For Your Pilot Interview

After graduating from an aeronautical university, you will begin your career search, but a pilot interview is unlike any other in the business world. They involve a discussion of background, education, and qualifications and sometimes call for a technical challenge that might involve interpreting aeronautical charts or weather reports. Pilots should prepare for job interviews armed with much more than...

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AIRMET vs SIGMET - California Aeronautical University

AIRMET vs SIGMET: What You Need to Know

When flying, it's important to know the difference between AIRMET vs SIGMET, and what to do when alerted of one. Here's what each pilot should know. One of the first aspects about aviation that student pilots usually learn is that weather awareness is a massive aspect of flight. Looking out the window at what...

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