Deciphering Key Elements in the Chart Supplement

Deciphering Key Elements in the Chart Supplement
Chart Supplements are an incredibly useful source of information, providing extensive data regarding the airport environment. They are designed to be used in conjunction with Sectional Charts, High Enroute Charts, Low Enroute Charts, or other visual charts published by the FAA. Chart Supplements contain an Airport/Facility Directory (A/FD), notices, associated data, and airport diagrams. An air...

Let’s Review Runway Lines and Markings

Let’s Review Runway Lines and Markings
Runway lines and markings help pilots identify the correct runway and how to align their aircraft with that runway during takeoff and landing. Although student pilots learn these markings early in their flight training, even experienced pilots occasionally use the wrong runway. Learning and reviewing these markings could help prevent a runway incursion, or worse, an excursion, a scenario in which ...

Inspiring Students at Aviation Kids USA STEM Day Event

Inspiring Students at Aviation Kids USA STEM Day Event
Aviation Kids USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to provide hands-on, aviation focused STEM education to kids and underserved communities, held a school-wide Aviation STEM Day on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at the Pinecrest Academy Charter School in Wesley Chapel, FL. Nearly 650 students attended the daylong event, which opened with a University of South Florida PhD student discussing ...
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Four Types of Fronts

Four Types of Fronts
There are four basic types of fronts, each with its own distinct weather characteristics. Understanding the differences can help pilots gauge how soon weather changes will occur and when inclement weather may arrive, dissipate, or increase in severity. This blog explains the four basic fronts that exist within our atmosphere. Warm Front Warm fronts are boundaries of slow-moving air masses th...

Introducing the Gleim Virtual Cockpit® BATD

Introducing the Gleim Virtual Cockpit® BATD
Flight simulation has become a critical component of primary flight training. Simulators help pilots complete their flight training faster and they tend to learn more about their aircraft, systems, procedures, and maneuvers. This all helps students become safer pilots while also saving money. To help pilots-in-training, Gleim launched the X-Plane Flight Training Course in 2015 which revolutionized...

Timeline of Events Never Forgotten on September 11, 2001

Timeline of Events Never Forgotten on September 11, 2001
September 11, 2001 is a day that we will always remember as one of the most tragic days in American history as four airliners were hijacked by nineteen terrorists to carry out the deadliest terror attack in the United States. A total of 2,977 victims lost their lives on that day at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, and in Somerset County, PA. As we cast our minds b...

Aerodynamics of Turns

Aerodynamics of Turns
Turns in an airplane may seem like a simple maneuver, but how well do you really understand the aerodynamics? Pilots should understand the principles of adverse yaw, coordinated turns, and overbanking tendencies to fly safely in various flight configurations. Mastering these concepts at the start of your training ensures that more complex maneuvers are less of a challenge. Lift and its Vector C...

Clearing up Generational Misconceptions

Clearing up Generational Misconceptions
 I recently read an article that listed a number of problems with teaching millennials to become pilots. It was clear an assumption was made by the author that growing up in a high-tech world does not jive with old-school aviation technology. Yes, the characteristics of millennials differ from earlier generations, but don’t all generations have a degree of individuality? Rather than writing off an...

Celebrate National Aviation Day

Celebrate National Aviation Day
August 19 has been celebrated as National Aviation Day since 1939 to honor the birth date of civil aviation pioneer Orville Wright. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established National Aviation Day by presidential proclamation, designating the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday for the observance. Orville Wright was granted the honor of witnessing the moment President Roosevelt issued th...
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Hazards Associated with Hydroplaning

Hazards Associated with Hydroplaning
Hazards Associated with Hydroplaning Wet weather season is upon us, and it is wise to review how to safely navigate inclement weather conditions. Wet weather can make air travel precarious both in the air and on the ground—during takeoffs and landings. In this article, we will address the types of hydroplanes, their causes, and how to avoid them. The three basic types of hydroplaning are: Dynami...

Managing Stress in Aviation

Managing Stress in Aviation
Stress management is a topic that is often talked about in aviation theory but hardly ever utilized in practice. Students are often unaware of the reason why their training performance is declining or plateauing, even after flying for a significant amount of time. Although there could be several reasons for the slump, stress is a major contributor, and it is often overlooked by flight instructors ...