After takeoff, it is best to stay above the runway and not drift to one side. Many students have trouble with this and the skill builds with experience. Continue reading “How to stay over the runway after takeoff”
You’ve just started the engine and you are about to go through your pre-taxi checklist. Then you spot a child running towards your plane.
What do you do?! Continue reading “People on the ramp”
I enjoy simulating emergencies for students. One of my favorites has to do with the oil pressure.
As the student lines up the plane for takeoff I watch their eyes. When I’m sure they are looking out the window I say, “Woah … the oil pressure just spiked!” Most people look down at the gauge and see the pressure sitting in the green. Continue reading “Abnormal Oil Pressure”
Whether you fly FSX, Prepar3D, or X-Plane, you will need a computer that can handle the graphics and still give a good frame rate.
Frame-rate is the number of times the picture refreshes per second. A framerate of 20 to 30 is a good minimum to shoot for. If you can get a computer that will get up to 60 frames per second that is even better. Some people try to get higher frames up to 120 or more. Continue reading “What kind of computer do you need for a home simulator?”
M = W * A Moment = Weight * Arm
First, let’s look at what these words mean.
Moment (also known as torque) is the rotational force applied to a body. Think of your airplane like a seesaw. The fulcrum is the wing because, like the fulcrum of a seesaw, the wing is keeping you from touching the ground. Continue reading “Weight and Balance Basics”
Who can be a professional pilot?
Being a professional pilot does not mean that you work for an airline or fly a jet.
In fact, even a student pilot can be a professional. This is because professionalism is not a job or a set of skills, it is a choice.
What is professionalism?
I have been publishing Youtube videos that show how to navigate using your map and compass. There is a lot that goes into navigation and a lot to know about the map and how to find your way.
When it comes down to the actual practice of navigation, the experience is king. The best way to learn is by going step by step through navigation scenarios. That’s why I do these videos on Youtube. I want to show people how to take a real-world sectional and navigate in the simulator. It is a great way to learn how to use the map and compass. It’s much less expensive than real flying too!
Check out my latest video navigating between some restricted areas:
A VHF Omnidirectional Range is commonly called a VOR. In some ways, it is like a more-advanced NDB.
To understand what the VOR does take a look at the chart below. Notice the large blue VOR ring, indicating that there is a VOR station at the center. We will dig into what that all means to you as a pilot but first, take a look at the thin blue lines radiating out in several directions from the edge of the VOR ring. Continue reading “VHF Omnidirectional Range”
Ground reference maneuvers are an important part of private pilot training. I am about to tell you a trick that will make your ground reference maneuvers so much easier, but it comes with a disclaimer. Continue reading “The Secret to Perfect Ground Reference Maneuvers”
It can be fun to think about your flight as a mission instead of a trip, but this is a dangerous way of thinking.
When flying a trip: Continue reading “Your Flight is Not a Mission”