Rod Machado’s Takeoffs

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Rod Machado's "The Art of Takeoffs and Landings"

Improve Your Consistency With Rod’s Proven Techniques.

  • Takeoffs and Climbs
  • Approaching to Land
  • The Roundout and Flare
  • Crosswinds and Slips
  • Short and Soft Fields
  • Wind Gusts and Turbulence
  • Advanced Landing Concepts
  • Pitch and Power Flying Technique
  • And much more…

A word from Rod on this course…

Perfect Your Takeoff And Landing Technique

Every flight starts with a takeoff and ends with a landing, yet many pilots lack the ability to do them consistently because they were never properly taught.

That’s where this course comes in. If you use it to pick up just one useful takeoff or landing technique, it will be worthwhile because you will use the technique over and over. But (trust me) there are so many invaluable techniques covered in this course.

Some of the techniques Rod teaches are unique while others you may be familiar with, but Rod puts a different spin on them or provides an example that suddenly makes things crystal clear. In some cases, Rod will validate a technique you are already using and that can be just as valuable.

Good takeoffs and landings start with a solid understanding and good technique — and that’s exactly what Rod delivers in this course.

Learn From A Legendary Flight Instructor

Rod has seen it all in four and a half decades of instructing, and over the years has developed his signature style of teaching.

If you’ve seen any of his live seminars at AirVenture, Sun ‘n Fun or other aviation venues around the world (they’re always packed beyond capacity), you know Rod doesn’t just rehash the same old stuff. He has a special way of explaining things that you will only find in his programs.

He can simplify the most complex topic in a way that is refreshingly easy to understand, then share a funny story that will help you remember it. He explains why and how things work, so you’ll really understand them, rather than just restating the usual textbook answers.

This course will help you master the fundamentals, and correct bad habits you may have developed over the years.

Learn from the best…Rod will be your personal flight instructor and coach.

eLearning Format Makes It Fun

Rod’s interactive eLearning courses are a great way to learn complex topics in a simple and engaging way. They offer laughs and lightness that will help you learn and retain without the usual drudgery.

The narrated course includes video, animation, graphics and interactive elements. Each of the course modules includes questions to help test your knowledge and reinforce important concepts. Of course, if questions aren’t your thing, then simply skip them.

This course runs on a laptop or desktop computer, iPad or Android tablet. All you need is an internet connection and you’ll have access to the entire library whenever and wherever you need it.

Watch This Sample Video

Rod explains what it means when the trapezoidal shape of the runway changes. [2:07]

"The Art of Takeoffs and Landings is an exceptional layered production of deep information, great visuals and joyful humor. For me it removed much rust and filled the empty spaces with recall and new information...My favorite video course, I give it ten stars."

Bonnie S.

Who Will Benefit From This Course?

Student Pilots

  • Reduce frustration and learn faster with good technique
  • Gain confidence by making good, consistent landings
  • Learn from a legendary Flight Instructor

Experienced Pilots

  • Knock off the rust after a layoff from flying
  • Gain confidence by making good, consistent landings
  • Brush up on areas where you feel weak

Flight Instructors

  • Learn best practices and refresh your knowledge
  • See how Rod teaches complex topics and makes them easy
  • Gain a deeper understanding of core concepts and fundamentals

America's Favorite Flight Instructor

Rod Machado

CFII, ATP, Author and Aviation Speaker

Rod Machado has taught hundreds of pilots from the right seat since he started instructing full time in 1973. In fact, he has over 10,000 hours of  dual instruction given! He has also taught thousands of pilots as a classroom instructor, delivering aviation seminars throughout the US, Canada and Europe. This experience gives Rod a unique perspective on the best ways to teach material so his students understand and retain the concepts.

Rod was the AOPA’s National Flight Instructor Spokesman for 15 years and has authored over 400 aviation articles in publications like Flight Training and AOPA Pilot.  He co-wrote and co-anchored ABC’s Wide World of Flying for five years and was asked by Microsoft to design the lessons and be the CFI voice for MS Flight Simulator, reaching millions of students and pilots. Rod’s teaching style simplifies the complex, makes bland topics interesting and educates with humor.

Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook and Instrument Pilot’s Handbook are used to train pilots in respected Universities, Flight Schools, FBOs and High Schools throughout the country.

This Course Includes 6 Complete eLearning Modules

"Concepts are very well explained by the graphics and words, and the course is very comprehensive...This course has given me more ground school time on the subject than I have ever had in my 1800 flight hours of experience. I wish I would have had this resource sooner!"

Kent V.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I access this course?

A. The course is available online via a secure, password-protected website. You can watch the videos on Windows PC, Mac, or iPad/Android tablet.

Q. Will my online access ever expire?

A. No. Once you register your login credentials, they will never expire. You will always have access to the program.

Q. Can I view the lessons on my iPad or mobile device?

A. Yes, the course is optimized for online viewing. You can watch the videos on any device with an internet connection, no downloading required.

Q. Can I access the course from more than one computer or device?

A. Yes—with your login info, you can access the site as often as you want.

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