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The Truth: How Hard is Learning to Fly?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Beginner, Featured, Training | 0 comments

Nothing worthwhile comes easy but learning to fly is mostly determination, not brain power. Aviator explains the ins and outs of becoming a pilot.

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Flight Training On the Up, Down Under

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Beginner, Featured | 0 comments

Flight training in Australia provides opportunities for everyone.

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When Things Go Wrong

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

Over the course of many training articles, I have attempted to give some basic tips on navigation, starting with the fundamentals of heading and airspeed, clock/map/ground, using big-to-small features and the navigation workcycle.

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Keywords and the Student Pilot

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

Used in the air by your instructor, these simple words, spoken at specific times, are much more than simple commands. Good keywords are designed to get a student to think for themselves, discover errors and correct them, rather than just react to the spoken command of their instructor.

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Work Cycles and the Student Pilot

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

There is so much to look at in an aircraft cockpit that often students are overwhelmed with information, information that must be sorted into a priority and processed, in order to achieve a desired outcome.

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P & A for Performance

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

How many times have you had someone, usually an instructor or some crusty old captain looking condescendingly down over their reading glasses, remind you that power plus attitude equals performance?

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Stall Recovery

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

I previously discussed the symptoms and indications of a stall, leading to my opinion that in respect to stalling, prevention is better than the cure. However, recognition of these symptoms in the real world is not always that easy.

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Home Base

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

Regular readers will know that I believe a good landing doesn’t simply happen in isolation, nor will it happen every time you land the...

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Avoiding the Banana

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

Over the previous few articles I have discussed the landing and flare as a distinct event that happens over the threshold in the last 50 feet or so of flight. However, if you leave it until this point to think about your landing, well, it’s too late.

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The Flare and Landing

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 1 comment

Last time the training article began a discussion on landing, in particular we investigated the difference between a greaser and a firmer, positive landing. I proposed that a firmer landing was preferable and explained why. This time, I look at the actual flare and landing in more detail.

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Setting up a Good Landing

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 2 comments

It’s grudgingly accepted amongst P-3 pilots that, while you may have spent the last six hours at 300 feet above the water in the middle of the night, if you slam the aircraft onto the runway, the backend crew will form an opinion of your flying skills from that landing and nothing else.

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Modifying the Glide

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner, Featured | 0 comments

Last time I introduced the concept of the L/D ratio and its corresponding importance to best glide speed after an engine failure. Setting, holding and trimming the glide attitude to fly this speed was emphasised in order to maximise ground distance flown for a given altitude.

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The Glide

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

We've previously looked at the descent, descent point and profile management. In this post I will expand on the basic descent and discuss the glide descent profile.

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Stalling for Time

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

Ever heard the saying “prevention is better than the cure”? In this post I would like you, the student pilot, to try and apply that...

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A Case of Bad Wind?

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

Previously, I discussed the fact that all aspects of a circuit rely upon the accuracy of the section before. If you fly your base turn different each time then, not only will you not learn from circuit to circuit, but your flying will appear (and be!) haphazard and reactionary.

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Is Cadet Training a Flight Risk?

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Beginner | 0 comments

  Airline pilot cadet programs and the increasing number of inexperienced tech-crew on Australia’s airlines has drawn scathing...

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