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Weather Or Not – The Decision Making Process

A successful flight starts long before the tanks are topped off with fuel or the ignition is ever started. It goes back before preflight and past even the restful night before. Today we'll walk through a decision-making weather scenario that begins several days prior...

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A Guide To The Fixed Base Operator

Learning to fly naturally involves your own flight school at your home airport. The plane starts and ends at the same spot each time. Maybe you have the number to call for fuel saved in your phone. My flight school has the plane fueled and ready on the ramp when I...

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10 Ways To Consume Aviation Content On The Go

When I was learning to fly, I didn't have nearly the resources that exist today, especially when it comes to technology. Don't worry, this isn't a lecture on how things were when I was your age. In the early 2000s, when I wanted to consume aviation content, I had...

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Airplane Instrument Basics: The Six Pack

What in the world do all of these gauges do? That’s often the first reaction when someone sees an airplane cockpit. There is a lot of information being displayed on the various needles in an aircraft – it can be overwhelming. But every airplane has a few staple...

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Airspace 101

It's easy to look up to the sky and see a bunch of nothing. I'm always in wonder when there are lots of unusual clouds because it gives great dimension to an otherwise endless blue void. On the ground, we draw imaginary lines all over the land, making states,...

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Engine Failure Scenario – What Would You Do?

There's something to be said about doing things by the book. Learning the "textbook" way of doing things is important. For the most basic of reasons, you can't pass the test if you don't learn the textbook. In aviation, doing things the right way - by the book - is a...

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Engine Startup In A Cessna 172

I sat in the cockpit, looking over the engine cowling, watching the mechanic as he worked his magic. "Okay try it now," he called, stepping away from the airplane. I ran through the checklist. "Mixture rich, carb heat cold, throttle open a quarter inch." I finished...

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The No Go Decision

I packed up the drone and headed up to the mountains of North Carolina for a friend's wedding. Looking forward to a great weekend of festivities, I was also dreaming of the awesome shots I'd be able to take from the air - I've been wanting to get my Phantom 4 into the...

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The Drone Checklist

A little notification popped up on my screen - "weak transmission signal." My drone wasn't that far away from me and was in perfect line of sight. The live feed from the camera flickered a bit as I recorded a video. I had just taken off and gained a little altitude...

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5 Drone Maneuvers To Improve Your Flying

I'm always amazed when I look at how far video games have come. I remember looking at the controller for the original Nintendo when it was new out of the box. "Wow - look at all those buttons," I gawked. In retrospect, that controller had nothing to it - a control pad...

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How To Read A Terminal Area Forecast

It's not always too difficult to tell if the weather is good enough to fly - in the moment.  Looking up to a clear blue windless sky is a pretty good sign.  The big question with weather is often "what's going to happen next?"  On a recent flight to Nashville,...

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Introducing The DJI Phantom 4 Drone

It is the dawn of the drone.  In August of 2016, the FAA released the first ever rules on commercial drone use. First ever because the technology has only recently gotten to the point that the rules were needed.  There is now a clear cut path for people to use a drone...

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4 Reasons To Call Flight Service Before You Fly

With today's plethora of technology, making a phone call before a flight for a weather briefing seems like an unnecessary step - on the surface.  After all, programs like Foreflight can give you a step by step briefing of weather, notams, forecasts and more.  But even...

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A Long Cross Country Flight

This past week, I took a cross country flight from Thomson, Georgia to Nashville, Tennessee. You might wonder how one state over qualifies as a "cross country," but just like running cross country in high school doesn't mean coast to coast, so it is with aviation. In...

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How To Read A Sectional Chart

Looking intently over the instrument panel directly in front of us, my seven year old son and I went back and forth. "Is that it?" He called, pointing over one way. "No, I don't think so," I replied. "There! Those lights - is that it!?"  He called back. "Those look...

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How To Use A Manual E6B Flight Computer

What Is This Thing? It might look like you need a degree in Rocket Science to have any business trying to figure out an E6B, but you don't. It's actually quite simple once you understand how it's laid out and a couple basics.  There are seemingly limitless functions...

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A Pilot’s Guide To Renting Airplanes

One of the first things people ask me about being a pilot is if I own an airplane.  My answer?  "I wish I did.  Well, kinda."  You see, it's not assumed that a pilot owns an airplane like it is that a driver owns a car. I think of it more like a house. There are times...

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How To Read A METAR Aviation Weather Report

A METAR, or aviation routine weather report, is an hourly surface observation from a weather station, usually at an airport. It gets its name from the term Meteorological Aerodrome Report, but boy is that a mouthful. In a nutshell, it's what the weather is doing at...

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12 Must Have Aviation iPad Apps

I tried to explain to my seven year old how incredible the iPad he was playing on was. It might be commonplace to most of us by now, but the technology we have at our fingertips is remarkable. In my most genuine "back in my day" sort of rant, I reminisced on tape...

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What Does It Take To Become A Pilot?

The sun burst into the cockpit, nearly blinding me as I leveled off to land just above the runway on final approach. Using the visual cues that I could, I hoped for the best as my otherwise graceful approach to land settled down on the runway - a lot harder than I...

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Does An Airplane Drop Like A Rock?

How And Why Airplanes Fly (Instead Of Falling) Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were flying on an airplane and all the engines stopped working?  Would you just start falling? A fear of flying is fairly common.  For some, it's the smaller space. Others,...

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It’s Always Sunny Outside

The airplane windows faded to a hazy white as I climbed up into the cloud layer. It was my very first time in the clouds.  I had just taken off from Peachtree City Falcon Field (KFFC) on a gray, rainy day.  The kind of rainy day that just rains lightly.  Constantly....

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A Pilot Is Born

I peered out of the window into the darkness below. The only indication that anything aside from a black void was below us were the sparkling lights of cities and towns as we flew over them. I was still in the first few hours of my initial pilot training over a decade...

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Sharing Flight With A New Generation

My son was right next to me as I called the airport to cancel the flight. "It's a no go today.  These clouds just won't let us in the air." Reid is just weeks away from turning seven and he has never been flying.  Not on a commercial airline, and not with me, a...

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