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Non-Towered Airport Communications
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.
VFR Scenario: Difficult Departure Decision
Scenario: The runway is short and sloped, and your takeoff weight and warming temperatures won’t leave much of a margin. You can takeoff uphill and into the wind, or downhill with a tailwind. Not the options you were hoping for, and the departing airplanes don’t seem to be clearing the trees by a lot. Would you depart? Which way?
IFR Pilots—Don’t Make This Mistake
Watch this video from our IFR Mastery scenario training to learn a little-known gotcha with RNAV approaches. It can save you from embarrassment (or worse), inside the final approach fix.
Black Hole Approach
Sometimes the most powerful learning experiences are the ones you wish never happened. On this short flight, two experienced pilots nearly ended up becoming a statistic. It was only by chance that the cameras were running and caught it all for later analysis. Here’s the behind-the-scenes story of the accident that almost—but didn’t—happen.
172 Lands at Logan International
Many pilots shy away from landing at a busy, Class B airport. But watching a Cessna 172 land between Boeing jets at Boston’s Logan International (KBOS) is interesting whether or not you ever want to do it.
Listen to the rapid-fire ATC comms and watch pilot Keith Smith slip into a smooth landing.
Predicting Thunderstorm Movement
Convective precipitation usually moves in two different ways. The line of precipitation usually moves in one direction while individual cells along the line move in another. This lesson explains why and how to predict both motions all along your route.
Accident Report: Botched Go-Around
Watch as we dissect an accident involving a 1,660 hour IFR pilot flying a Piper Malibu who was fatally injured while performing a go-around. There are many lessons to be taken from this scenario.
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.
Takeoffs & Landings Refresher
Wally Moran 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.
The Power of Performance Profiles
Instrument pilots must have a solid understanding of their aircraft’s performance profile. Countless pilots have wasted valuable training hours—and struggle to this day—because their instructor skipped this first critical step. Here’s the step-by-step process for creating the essential performance profiles for each airplane you fly. It will help you fly IFR with more precision, and reduce your workload in every phase of flight.
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.
Which Sim Should You Use for Home Proficiency Training?
Which sim software is best for pilots? FAA certified or non-certified? This video answers those questions with solid recommendations to get you started with a sim that supports home proficiency training while saving lots of research time.