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Slow Flight Demonstration Video

Slow Flight Demonstration Video

In this video I provide a full-length Slow Flight Demonstration from beginning to end just as I would to a student in the airplane.  The airplane used is a Piper Warrior II (PA28-161), so the airspeeds referenced are specific to that aircraft make and model.  Other...
Flying Stories: The Airsick Pilot

Flying Stories: The Airsick Pilot

The Airsick Pilot I spent some time as a bush pilot in Western Alaska.  I flew small 6-passenger airplanes from village to village.  Sometimes I flew all passengers, sometimes all-cargo, and sometimes a mixture of both.  Many great flying stories come from this time...
Common Errors: Steep Turns

Common Errors: Steep Turns

Steep Turns Flight Instructors refer to steep turns as a “performance maneuver,” meaning it is a maneuver that teaches pilots how to control the aircraft in far more demanding situations than straight and level flight. Pilots explore broader parts of the aircraft’s...
Flying Stories:  Brave Photographers

Flying Stories: Brave Photographers

Here’s one of my favorite flying stories.  It was summer and the fishing lodges in Alaska were running at full steam. I had landed a sweet gig as the first officer on a Super DC-3 flying passengers from Anchorage out to some of these remote lodges. The Super...
Slow Flight Common Errors

Slow Flight Common Errors

Common ways slow flight can go wrong and how to fix them. Slow Flight trains pilots to recognize and handle situations in which the airplane is flying at or near its minimum controllable airspeed with the wing flying at high angles of attack (AOA). It is a vital step...
Ground Reference Maneuvers Common Errors

Ground Reference Maneuvers Common Errors

Seven ways Private Pilot Ground Reference Maneuvers can go awry and what to do about them. Ground reference maneuvers teach pilots to control their aircraft’s path along the ground in various wind conditions. Traffic patterns, approaches, takeoffs, and landings all...
Aircraft Taxiing Tips

Aircraft Taxiing Tips

Advice for those new to driving 100+ horsepower tricycles. If you’re new to flying airplanes, taxiing is a skill that can be hard to master. Steering with your feet, having more than one brake, and no gas pedal makes for a strange arrangement. Here’s a quick list of...