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Tailwheel Endorsement Training

You’ve probably heard somebody say that only a “real” pilot can fly a taildragger. It might have come from an older guy at your airport who seems bitter about how stick and rudder skills are a thing of the past. They might complain about how the “new” guys only know how to push buttons and…

Virtuoso

I have to admit…rarely do I reinvent the wheel when it comes to aviation training. My clients would testify that I am rather boring, teaching the same ole stuff that has been taught for years. I teach the basics first, and I don’t teach the “higher level stuff” until the pilot is good at the…

Texting while taxiing…

Need I even print a word?  Is there anything that needs to be added to make this any clearer?  Bottom line…texting while taxiing can cost you dearly. And, it’s not just texting.  During recurrent training, one of my pet peeves is to see pilots fumbling with the avionics while taxiing.  I’m going to bet that…

Go-Around in a PA46…

Of all the aviation maneuvers I see during Refresher Training, the one that is butchered the most is the Go-Around (or Missed Approach).  This is disappointing because the Go-Around is so critical.  Everything changes at the Go-Around…the airplane goes from dirty to clean, low-power to high-power, descent to climb, and (often) flight with the autopilot…

On runway centerline?

I’ve had the experience of flying in some really wide cockpits, meaning that the pilot and copilot’s seats were far from each other laterally, the most notable example for me is the UH-60 Blackhawk.  When transitioning into the Blackhawk, the perspective provided when flying from the left seat as compared to the right seat is…