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Each Wednesday morning, you’ll get a short and useful tip in your email inbox with information you can use in your cockpit. You’re in good company. There are over 185,000 tip subscribers like yourself who are committed to improving each week. Many have been receiving these tips since 2006.
Below are popular resources we’ve shared with our subscribers over the years. They were developed by our award-winning instructors (see Bios below), and are packed with tips and techniques you can put to work on your next flight. Bookmark this page so you can return to these resources.
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. From Pilot-Friendly Manual for VFR Communications.
VFR Scenario: Difficult Departure Decision
A day of fair-weather flying, tailwinds, and an airport restaurant with tasty barbecue makes for the perfect flying day. The after-lunch departure, however, has your full attention. The runway is short and sloped, and your takeoff weight and warmer 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?
Watch the video for more details, and test your knowledge.
Caught on Camera Videos
This series of four videos shows how an experienced pilot handles difficult situations that any of us might face. Captured in HD, these videos are edited and narrated to explain the strategies used and in-flight decisions made.
IFR Pilots—Don’t Make This Mistake
Watch this video to learn a little-known gotcha with RNAV approaches, it can save you from embarrassment (or worse). From IFR Mastery.
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. From IFR: The Missing Lessons
Teach Your Passenger to Scan for Traffic
Your passenger can (and should) be a valuable resource in the cockpit; if they have some basic knowledge. Download this 2-page guide that teaches the proper technique for scanning. Another set of trained eyes can be a big help. From The Flying Companion Manual