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Airplane Maintenance Inspection

What Maintenance is Required to Keep Planes Safe & Sound?

Since flying is such a complex operation, the reality of maintenance on any aircraft type can seem daunting. However, by paying close attention to the aircraft’s operation and keeping track of flight hours, pilots can keep their airplanes flying for years. Military aircraft follow maintenance procedures and intervals which are similar to the civilian world. Here are a few aspects...

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Prep Work For Flying

The Prep Work for Learning to Fly: What Do You Need to Learn Before Ever Flying a Plane?

Becoming accountable for yourself in a cockpit, not to mention your passengers, is a serious responsibility. Before you leave the ground on your own, it helps to familiarize yourself with several concepts and realities of pilot life. For example, learning to fly involves a lot of math and science.  However, being a pilot doesn't require one to be a mathematician...

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Aviation Crew roles

Crew Roles in Commercial Aviation

Although commercial aviation is a relatively young industry, it has changed a great deal since its beginnings in the last century. Let’s have a look at commercial crew roles and how they evolved into their modern components.   Meet The Crew In the early days of transport-category airplanes, it took a crew of many different people to operate a flight. ...

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Airspace Classifications

Differences Between Airspace Classifications

Knowing how the Federal Aviation Administration divides airspace is key to developing awareness and safe operation as a pilot. From the planning phase of a flight to requesting a landing clearance, paying attention to these divisions help ensure positive interactions with controllers and other pilots. The classification of airspace is not always static. It might be defined by visibility, altitude,...

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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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