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Into the Cockpit: Flying As a Bush Pilot

Bush Pilot - California Aeronautical University

Bush pilot flying is used for military maneuvers, rescue during weather emergencies, and reconnaissance. Explore what bush flying has to offer! There are many more aspects to a flying career than just  major and regional airlines. Some pilots prefer to stay with smaller airplanes and perform specific tasks in rural or tourist areas. Work as …

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Your Guide to Flight Controls

Airplane Flight Controls - California Aeronautical University

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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Aircraft Weight And Balance: How Do They Affect Flight?

Aircraft Weight and Balance - California Aeronautical University

Aircraft weight and balance play an important role in flight, and knowing these two factors can help ensure a safe and enjoyable flight. Some general aviation passengers are taken aback when asked how much they weigh as the pilot prepares for flight, or if the first officer takes a look at a pile of luggage …

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Just Plane Different: The Types of Planes You Can Fly With Each Certificate

Cessna CE 525 and Different Types of Planes - California Aeronautical University

In the aviation industry, there are many certifications and ratings available to pilots. Here is a list of the different types of planes you can fly with each certificate.  Here is an interesting bit of knowledge from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to share with your next airline seatmate: You are allowed to fly a …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Airplane Winglets

Airplane Winglets - California Aeronautical University

If an airplane has wings, why does it need winglets? Airplane winglets are the “baby wings” placed at an angle at the end of airplane wing. Most modern passenger jets have winglets. They became a staple of the aircraft industry the 1980’s when concern about oil prices pushed increased research into their feasibility. Buoyed by …

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