The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) awarded top honors to Take Flight Aviation of Orange County Airport in New York, and Blue Skies Flying Services flight instructor Mike Biewenga from The Lake in the Hills Airport outside Chicago at AOPA’s 2018 Flight Training Experience Awards. [Read more…]
Now available is the second edition of “Train Like You Fly: A Flight Instructor’s Guide to Scenario-Based Training,” which uses real-world experiences to address flight training objectives.
Author Arlynn McMahon explores the key ingredients necessary to make a good pilot, and shares practical techniques to bring it all into the cockpit. Using scenarios, everyone from students to expert pilots can develop, practice, and rehearse their judgment and decision-making skills. [Read more…]
Regular readers know that my wife and I bought a new house recently. Not new, exactly. It’s almost 70 years old. But new to us. And it’s fantastic. Although the repairs and upgrades are costing a bit more than I’d anticipated.
The idea of getting a part-time job has occurred to me, frankly. Sure, I’ve got my regular gig with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), which keeps me busy. I love it too. This is some of the most satisfying work I’ve done in my life.
I’m also lucky enough to get to write for General Aviation News, a couple of local lifestyle publications based on central Florida, and a handful of novels, novellas, and short stories that sell enough units on Amazon and Audible that I’m glad I wrote them.
Still, like most Americans I can always use a few extra bucks. So I began thinking about that. [Read more…]
Braulio Cosme submitted the following photo and note: “First flight around Manhattan as a student pilot with my CFI, getting Class B experience in a C172SP with the G1000. Picture taken from an action camera installed in the tail ring.”
Every now and then I get to do something I really enjoy. I ride along in the right seat of an airplane. More often than not it’s not even my airplane.
I fly with old friends for the most part, although sometimes a new friend sits to my left. I make a suggestion here and there, but I don’t fly the airplane myself. Not unless I have to.
The application process is now open the the King Schools–National Association of Flight Instructors scholarship, which includes $5,000 cash for attaining an initial or advanced instructor rating and lifetime access to the King Schools library of more than 90 courses, including FIRCs.
The winner will be announced at SUN ‘n FUN in April 2019. [Read more…]
Each year, AOPA requests feedback from recent student pilots and pilots who have received instruction within the last year about their experiences and the quality of instruction from flight schools and CFIs nationwide. [Read more…]
“You can make people cry or you can make them laugh.”
A quip, by longtime CFI and renowned aviation author Rod Machado that almost perfectly encapsulates his unique and identifiable style.
As any reader of Machado’s can attest, his material — seven books, countless articles, and dozens of videos — is as instantly recognizable for its breadth of technical knowledge as it is for his one of a kind, light-hearted approach. [Read more…]