15 Fun Flying Exercises That Will Sharpen Your Skills
In-flight proficiency exercises for pilots of all levels
Step-by-step instructions showing exactly what to do
Detailed illustrations with full-color photos and graphics
Scoresheets for tracking results and progress
Safety Net: Ground rules for doing each exercise safely
Pump-ups: Increased difficulty for advanced training
Digital manual looks great on an iPad; keep it in your EFB app for quick access
Optional spiral bound printed manual for easy use in the cockpit
Bonus videos showing our instructor flying the exercises
Everybody needs exercise. We need physical exercise. We need mental exercise. And, if we’re pilots, we need flying exercise. Yet despite knowing we need it, we don’t do enough of it.
The real enemy to exercise isn’t hassle, money, or time. The real enemy to exercise is … boredom. That’s why we decided to write this manual.
The manual includes flying exercises that help pilots identify and work on weak areas. They’re organized into five chapters: Hone Takeoffs and Landings, Master the Use of Rudder, Maintain Control at the Edges, Sharpen that Airmanship, and Thwart the Emergencies.
These exercises go way beyond slow flight and steep turns, which is how most pilots train. We integrated basic skills into new flying challenges requiring some forethought, divided attention, and precise stick-and-rudder control to create flying workouts that are fun, challenging and repeatable.
Then we added scoring so you can track your progress as you work to master each exercise.
You can do them in any order. To start, we suggest you pick one exercise each month and make a goal of flying it enough to improve your score. The real objective is to experience something new, and then use that experience to improve your overall flying skills.
There are exercises for all levels, so design a program targeted to your needs. Start with the easy ones and gradually increase the difficulty with more exercises and pump-ups. Over time, you’ll feel more comfortable and confident flying your airplane than ever before.
Sometimes pilots run out of reasons to fly, or lose motivation to try something new. They fly less, rust begins to build, they may lose interest, and even stop flying. This manual gives pilots a reason to go flying. It reconnects them with the core skills they might not have practiced in years, and gives them motivation to work towards a higher level of proficiency.
To complete these exercises, you’ll bring a safety pilot or instructor with you (depending on the difficulty). They will watch for traffic, make sure you’re doing things properly (and safely), and record your scores. Practicing with a friend is more fun—you can share goals, offer each other encouragement, and even enjoy some friendly competition since each exercise in the program is scored.
Use this manual to connect with other pilots and go flying more often—with purpose. You can even use an exercise or two as a focus area for your next flight review.
These Exercises Will Challenge You To Improve
We’ll warn you now: Scoring high on these exercises isn’t a cakewalk. But as it was once famously said in aerospace, sometimes we do things because they’re hard. A real challenge is motivating, and that’s key to banishing boredom.
We also believe scores are important. They support a relentless pursuit of perfection—everyone wants that coveted high score—which is critical to motivation.
These exercises are purposefully designed to make you a better pilot, just like all the old standards. They’re just a more enjoyable way to get there.
Sample Exercise From The Manual
Do not attempt the exercise using these sample pages; additional information in the manual is required.
Watch Our Instructor Fly Them
We gave the manual to Ryan Koch (one of our Instructors) and asked him to fly the exercises in the sim. We recorded the flights and captured multiple views along with Ryan’s commentary. These videos are included with the manual.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Which devices does the digital manual work with?
A: The digital manual is delivered in PDF format and works on any computer or mobile device.
Q. Can I load the digital manual onto my iPad?
A. Yes, the digital PDF is formatted for use on your iPad and can be downloaded in a few easy steps.
Q. What is the format of the printed manual?
A. The printed manual is 8.5 x 11 inches, so it will fit in most flight bags or in the seat pocket of your airplane. It’s printed in full color on high quality, durable paper. We take the extra step of adding a spiral binder so it’s easier to open and use in the cockpit, and we top it with a clear plastic cover to protect it from weather and spills.
Q. How long does it take to receive a printed manual?
A. We use the US Postal Service to mail all USA orders and they typically arrive within 5 business days. International orders usually arrive within 10 business days (can be longer in some countries). If you order the printed manual, you’ll also get the digital version which you can download and start using right away.
Q. Will my online access to the videos ever expire?
A. No. Once you register your login credentials, they never expire. You will always have access to the program.
Q. Can I access the videos from more than one computer or device?
A. Yes. With your login info, you can access the site from any device as often as you want.
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