Pilot Training

  • What are High Wing Aircraft?

    The topic of low wing vs. high wing aircraft always starts a heated debated amongst pilots. These paragraphs discuss the merits of the high wing aircraft design.
    By Tim Plaehn February 28, 2011 

  • What are Low Wing Aircraft?

    Low wing aircraft are the majority of both general aviation and commercial airplanes. This article discusses the benefits of the low wing design and compares it with its high wing counterpart.
    By Tim Plaehn February 28, 2011 

  • Normal Cruise Speed on an Aircraft

    What is the normal cruising speed of a commercial jetliner? We know jet airliners fly high and fast. But how fast is fast? Airline pilots have to balance a combination of airline cruise speed with the need to maximize fuel efficiency.
    By Tim Plaehn November 22, 2010 

  • Transitioning From Private Pilot to Commercial Pilot

    Every pilot who has ever manned the controls of a small propeller driven aircraft has wondered what is is like to fly the big jets. Let's take a look at how the transition from private pilot to commercial pilot typically works.
    By Odannyboy September 18, 2010 

  • Cross Country Flight

    Cross country (XC) flight is a standard part of Private Pilot training. One must accurately fly long distance routes between multiple airports. This requires all of the skills needed to fly an airplane, including navigation, weather evaluation...
    By Andrew Jones September 18, 2010 

  • Acquiring a Pilots License When Disabled

    If you have ever considered acquiring a private pilot license and have a significant illness or disability, you should know that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has protocols for those who do not meet the medical requirements for their...
    By Eli Misel July 14, 2010 

  • Using Desktop Flight Simulators to Help Students Train for Real-Life Flights

    For many years now, flight instructors have argued about the merits and dangers of using PC-based flight simulators to supplement their students' flight training. Learning how to become a private pilot by benefiting from using a home simulator to...
    By Andrew Jones July 7, 2010 

  • About Ground Effect in Airplanes

    This article describes the aerodynamic principle of "ground effect" that affects all aircraft. Read on to discover what ground effect in airplanes does, where it occurs, and what a prudent pilot should be aware of regarding this aerodynamic phenomenon...
    By BuckJamesk July 5, 2010 

  • An Overview of the Glass Cockpit

    The glass cockpit is the greatest technology invented for aviation since engines! Are you a little hesitant about Glass cockpit technology? Than this is a great article for you to read!
    By pauldb28 May 24, 2010 

  • Costs and Requirements to Become a Private Pilot

    Are you thinking about when and how you can fly as a private pilot? The journey to becoming a private pilot is an exciting one, but it is also a major investment of time and money, and learning before you can take to the skies.
    By Andrew Jones May 24, 2010 
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