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What Do Student Pilots Do During Flight Training?

A private pilot student will learn a variety of things during flight training. Their ground study will include topics like federal aviation regulations, aircraft systems, weather, flight planning, and aircraft performance. But what exactly do student pilots practice while they’re in the air? Here are...
Airport Traffic Patern

The Airport Traffic Pattern

You might think that student pilots spend a lot of time flying in circles, but they’re actually flying in rectangles (and maybe a few circles, too). This is because at most small airports, pilots use a traffic pattern in the shape of a rectangle to...
Happy National Aviation day

The U.S. Celebrates National Aviation Day

Tuesday, August 19th is National Aviation Day in the United States – a holiday dedicated to all things aviation. It’s our day as pilots, maintainers, salesmen, executives, ramp agents, and aviation enthusiasts, to celebrate an industry we love. Some people spend the day remembering aviation’s...

What do VFR and IFR Mean?

As a prospective student, you probably hear about instrument training from more experienced students, and you might wonder what exactly “instrument” flying entails. Instrument flying can seem like an elusive or abstract term if you’re not familiar with flying, but it quickly becomes clear as...

Why EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is Important for Student Pilots

You might have heard the buzz surrounding the “World’s Greatest Aviation Event,” better known as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.  The largest aviation event of its kind, EAA AirVenture hosts around 500,000 people each year. During EAA AirVenture, the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin becomes the...

Airspace 201: The Air Traffic Control System

Despite the large volume of air traffic in the skies over the U.S. at any given moment, our nation’s air traffic control system keeps air travel safe for approximately 2 million travelers each day. Many people know that the skies around airports are controlled via...

Airspace Classes 101

Have you ever wondered how airplanes manage to fly around in the sky without hitting each other? Or why some airports have control towers and others don’t? In the United States, airspace is divided into different types and dimensions.  It can be confusing to the...

What Happens if a Student Fails a Checkride?

There’s probably no bigger fear for a student pilot than a check ride. After all, your future career as a pilot depends on the successful completion of the FAA practical exam in order to move up in the pilot ranks. And for career pilots, check...

5 Commonly Reported FAR Violations

Every pilot dreads the idea of receiving an FAA violation. And then there’s that much-feared radio call from an air traffic controller telling a pilot to “call this number when you land.” Pilots make mistakes. Usually those mistakes are simple ones, benign enough to escape...