Interpreting Wind Components

Interpreting Wind Components
As aviators, we are required to interpret numerous charts for planning purposes. One item that is frequently misunderstood is how to determine the crosswind component. This blog explains how to determine the headwind and crosswind component for a given set of conditions by using the wind component chart. When an aircraft is certified, a pilot tests the crosswind capability with a 90-degree cros...
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Preparing for Cabin Fever – Tips for the Pilot’s Winter Layover

Preparing for Cabin Fever – Tips for the Pilot’s Winter Layover
The holidays are approaching, days are getting shorter, and the cold weather is settling in. What to do when the AIRMETs for IFR, ice and other inclement weather keep us grounded? How about brushing up on your aviation knowledge? Start simple by looking at your local sectional chart. Before a giant tethered balloon causes you to become an NTSB statistic, take some time to check for any changes ...
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Five Tips To Save Money While Learning To Fly

Five Tips To Save Money While Learning To Fly
We are recirculating our money-saving tips for you just in time for the holidays and Black Friday. The holiday shopping season is here again and everyone is trying to save money! Black Friday deals have already rolled out at many stores, and Cyber Monday is right around the corner. While everyone is getting swept up in the spirit of saving, it is the perfect time to highlight some tips to save m...

How to Conduct Thorough Pre and Post-Flight Briefings

How to Conduct Thorough Pre and Post-Flight Briefings
Two very important, yet often overlooked, aspects of flight training are the pre- and post-flight briefings. These briefings are frequently rushed (or skipped entirely!) because many do not realize the immense benefit they can offer. Between their anxiousness to get in the air and the sheer amount of they have yet to learn, new students can become inundated with information, which adversely affect...

Teachers’ Excitement Abounds at 5th AOPA STEM Symposium

Teachers’ Excitement Abounds at 5th AOPA STEM Symposium
Denver, CO – Nearly 400 educators came together in the Mile High City this week for the fifth annual Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)High School Aviation STEM Symposium. Teachers were able to learn about new resources for the classroom while trying hands-on aviation activities and flying simulators. Gleim Aviation was excited to join the event hosted at the United Airlines Flight T...

Have You Considered an Aviation Career Outside the Flight Deck?

Have You Considered an Aviation Career Outside the Flight Deck?
While the world takes notice of the massive shortages forecast for pilots, a similar story is the pending shortage of support personnel. However, we remain optimistic because the good news is that this is an amazing opportunity. While a budding workforce laments the lack of good-paying entry-level jobs, the aviation industry is screaming, “Look over here!” Corporate-sponsored programs are cropp...
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Is an Airplane in a Constant Airspeed Climb or Descent in Equilibrium?

Is an Airplane in a Constant Airspeed Climb or Descent in Equilibrium?
Gleim Aviation customers submit thousands of great questions through our online courses every year. This article highlights a common area of interest (or confusion) for many pilots: whether or not an airplane is in equilibrium during a constant-airspeed climb and descent. Newton’s First Law of Motion states that every object in a state of uniform motion (such as constant-airspeed) will remain i...

Taking the Fear Out of Your First Flight

Taking the Fear Out of Your First Flight
This week we are highlighting one of our very own Gleim employees, Sarah Sheppard, the Sales Department and Campus Rep Coordinator for our accounting team. In her average workday, she seldom works on aviation projects despite being in the same office! During a team training exercise, Sarah had an opportunity to fly the Gleim Virtual Cockpit for the very first time, and it left her asking some pret...

5 Tips for Maintaining Professional Relationships in Flight School

5 Tips for Maintaining Professional Relationships in Flight School
Flight students and instructors have a unique professional relationship. Because flight instructors and students spend the majority of their time 1-on-1, they need to cultivate courteous, professional relationships that will help students reach their learning goals. Anything less than professional conduct can impede learning and lead to an unproductive working relationship. Though individual stude...

UAA Fall Conference Ignites Enthusiasm in Memphis

UAA Fall Conference Ignites Enthusiasm in Memphis
Memphis, TN – The University Aviation Association’s 72nd Annual Conference and Expo returned to the organization’s hometown to bring nearly 300 collegiate aviation professionals from across the country together. Event attendees learned about promoting and growing their aviation programs during the 3-day event, among a full agenda of seminars, networking events, and committee meetings. Nearly 6...
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Celebrating Girls in Aviation Day

Celebrating Girls in Aviation Day
The 2019 Women in Aviation International (WAI) event, Girls in Aviation Day, is being celebrated around the world for the fifth year! Participation in Girls in Aviation Day has spread far beyond the original vision of the event as airports, FBOs, museums, universities and corporate members have joined WAI Chapters globally to help spread the word that young women can choose from a rich variety of ...
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You May be Current – Are Your Maintenance Manuals?

You May be Current – Are Your Maintenance Manuals?
Words have their dictionary meanings, but many words take on new meanings in different contexts. A good example is the FAA’s interpretation of the word “current” with respect to maintenance. As mechanics, we are required to have “current” maintenance manuals and inspection programs to perform work on a client’s aircraft. It’s reasonable to think this means we need to posses and perform our task...