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Non-Towered Airport Communications
Jeff Van West
The Quick Reference Guide to Non-Towered Airport Communications provides clear guidance on what to say and when to say it as you maneuver for takeoffs, landings or pattern work. Great for new students or as a refresher for Rusty Pilots.
Trapped Above The Ice
Keith Smith and Jeff Van West
This pilot got into a bonafide emergency situation and it was all caught on his GoPro camera. You will see the series of events that led him here and the bold maneuver he used to escape, all narrated by a CFII who shares valuable lessons along the way.
Debrief This Challenging Landing
Keith Smith and Jeff Van West
Watch this short video where Keith Smith and Jeff Van West recap a tricky grass field landing in Vermont. This debrief contains great in-cockpit footage and lots of lessons learned.
Back to Basics: Improving Rudder Skills
Rudder pedals are not meant to be footrests! Wally Moran explains how good rudder skills can drastically improve your safety. He also provides simple exercises you can do to improve your rudder proficiency.
Tips for Approach and Landing in Turbulence
Rod Machado shares tips on approaching and landing in turbulent conditions. These conditions can be challenging and Rod’s strategies and tactics provide concrete actions that minimize the impact of bumpy air.
Takeoffs & Landings Refresher
Wally explains his techniques for all sorts of takeoffs and landings situations: normal, crosswind, short field and soft field. You will want to listen to this refresher again and again.
Stall Recognition and Spin Prevention
Rod provides a practical understanding of why an airplane stalls and hot to recognize the warning signs of an imminent stall. He also explains how to prevent a stall from becoming an unintentional and deadly spin. This is an important lesson for all pilots!
Mastering ILS Approaches
You’ll find Wally Moran’s tips and strategies in this workshop helpful with ATC, setting up your GPS, how to maintain a stabilized approach and in general, staying ahead of the airplane.
Mastering Gps Approaches
Wally Moran breaks down the different types of GPS approaches and shares some tips to help you fly them smoother, more safely and more precisely.
Non-Towered IFR Ops
There are many nuances involved in non-towered IFR operations. This module covers the many ways to pick up a clearance, the notion of clearances versus releases, the often bewildering wording of void times, and some options for getting off the ground a lot faster when the weather permits.
Deadly IFR Trap
Mark Robidoux and Wally Moran
Wally Moran provides step-by-step instructions for avoiding and escaping a deadly trap that IFR pilots commonly encounter. The lessons covered in this video can help all pilots, even those who don’t fly IFR.
IFR Comm: Routes & Clearances
John Krug and Bob Adelizzi
John and Bob are veteran Air Traffic Controllers (over 50 years experiences combined) and are both instrument rated pilots. In this workshop, they explain why you don’t always get the route you filed as well as tips for picking up your clearances at a towered airport.