Flying the same aircraft all the time can be boring after a while. It’s an affliction most aircraft owners share, though it’s not one to generate much sympathy from non-owners.
But after months and years flying the same familiar flivver, one begins to seek out new opportunities, different aircraft and even additional ratings. So it was for me recently. [Read more…]
A good new year’s resolution for a frugal pilot is to determine how much his or her flying habit REALLY costs.
No, not the number that you tell your significant-other (or the tax collector), the actual costs of owning or renting and flying an airplane. Calculating those costs annually is a good way to discover whether you’re getting the most for each dollar you spend on flying.
Knowing the numbers doesn’t mean that you’re going to dramatically cut back — in fact, it may mean you spend more on some expenses.
However, it does mean that you are focusing on value. Remember, a frugal pilot isn’t cheap. She or he seeks value, safety, and fun. [Read more…]
Lee Beery from Kelseyville, Calif., sent in this tip: I have a very simple way to stay current that will work for everyone. I have printed on strips of light cardboard “flight tasks” we have all had to do at one time to become licensed pilots. [Read more…]
Jeff Mallory of Rosamond, Calif., recently answered our call for student tips, noting, “Having been a CFI and corporate trainer for eight years, I’ve noticed that most student issues boil down to a few main areas that can be addressed in a straight-forward way.
That being said, it’s easier to write these tips than it is to implement them. CFIs would do well to use these same tips to keep themselves polished in whatever area of instructing they need to work on. [Read more…]
Sporty’s has teamed with Prevailance Aerospace to offer flight training to general aviation pilots looking to hone their skills.
Two courses are offered, taught by former military aviators, to address leading causes of general aviation accidents while improving basic airmanship skills.
“These are TOPGUN pilots – graduates of the Navy Fighter Weapons School,” says Sporty’s Academy President Eric Radtke. [Read more…]
What flight training tools do you use (online courses/videos, sim time, DVDs, etc.)? What advice would you give someone who hasn’t started their training yet to help them keep down the costs and improve the quality of their training?
How do you stay current? What training/currency tools are most effective and why?
By KARIN LEPERI
Located six miles west of Lexington, Kentucky, the Blue Grass Airport (LEX) is a public airport including commercial, corporate and general aviation with an approach that arguably has to be one of the most scenic.
Where else in the world can you fly over rolling emerald hills and neatly manicured horse farms as you approach your runway? [Read more…]