Should You Get an Instrument Rating?

As summer quickly approaches, weather becomes more unpredictable. From pop-up thunderstorms to low-level haze, it can be difficult to remain in favorable visual conditions—especially over extended flights. If you are a VFR pilot looking to get more use out of your pilot certificate this summer, consider (more…)
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Black Pilots of America Change Perceptions of Aviation Through Diversity & Inclusion

It's no secret that aviation is an industry that lacks diversity. Just as there is a need and opportunity to increase the number of women involved in aviation, people of color find themselves underrepresented in many aviation careers. There are a number of factors contributing to the racial disparity in aviation fields, but they can be boiled down to two key problems (more…)
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LAANC: Improving Safety by Removing Barriers to Compliance

Recent years have seen a huge boom in Unmanned Aircraft Systems/Vehicles (UAS/UAV), colloquially referred to as drones, in both the recreational and commercial sectors. While hobbyists and drone enthusiasts enjoy recreational flight under 14 CFR Part 101, the moment a flight serves a commercial or non-recreational purpose it becomes subject to Part 107 regulations. These regulations, written speci...
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Flight Training with Frustrating Students and Instructors

Have you ever become frustrated while flying with someone in a training environment? Most pilots have at one time or another. Whether the frustration is due to the student or the instructor,when such situations occur, it is easy to want to give up. However, learning how to reduce frustrations is manageable and can positively impact your training. Frustrations can come from many different source...
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Inspiring Aviators at the Nation’s Largest Celebration of STEM

Gleim Aviation Helps Kick Off New Aviation Pavilion at the USA Science and Engineering Festival April 6, 2018, Washington, D.C. – The 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival is the nation's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). It is an all-ages expo that takes place this weekend, April 7 & 8. Nearly 400,000 people are expected to attend the ev...
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Study Tips for the FAA Knowledge Test

For many of us studying to become pilots, the FAA knowledge test is the only test we've taken in years. Test taking can be very stressful, so at Gleim we do our best to eliminate as much stress as possible by making sure you truly know the material and by helping you become comfortable with the format of the test and the testing system. Studying our knowledge transfer outlines and using our test p...
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Do I Need a Remote Pilot Certificate?

The small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) rule, also known as Part 107, was designed to minimize risks and establish the certification requirements for the thousands of pilots expected to fill the role of Remote Pilot in Command (PIC). This rule streamlined the process of operating drones for routine commercial flights. More than 69,000 remote pilot certificates have already been issued by the FA...
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Making Money Using Drones in 2018

In 2016, the much anticipated Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) rule went into effect and streamlined the requirements to operate sUAS (or drones) commercially. In the first 16 months, more than 69,000 remote pilot certificates have already been issued. However, FAA certification is just the first step to earning a living as a drone pilot. (more…)
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Gleim Student Challenges the Pond through Preparation, Patience, and Persistence

“We live once and if we do it well, once is enough.” - Alla Berezovaya Learning to fly an airplane can be more than a means to an end – a shiny new job. Flying is an incredibly rewarding hobby, and taking to the skies provides a joy that is unrivaled. The history of aviation is full of pilots pushing themselves and their aircraft to accomplish new feats and thrills. (more…)
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Soft Skills Prevent Hard Landings in a Competitive Pilot Job Market

What does it take to get hired as a professional pilot? You spend hundreds of hours honing your skills. You acquire the certificates and qualifications. You prepare by studying aerodynamics, aircraft systems, meteorology, navigation, regulations, physiology, and other technical minutiae. By all means, you thought you were prepared, but you didn't get the job. While technical skills are vital at e...
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Barry Hyde: A Pursuit Against Pilot Negligence

Most people involved in the aviation industry are truly passionate about the work they do. In no pilot is this passion more evident than in Dr. Barry Hyde. Hyde has loved aviation for as long as he can remember. As a young boy, his older cousin, a pilot, would take him up for leisure rides. This sort of regular, meaningful, and exciting exposure to the cockpit hooked Hyde, and still to this day it...
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Learning to Fly at Home Saves Student Pilots Time, Money, and Frustration

For people learning to fly a plane, visits to the local airport spending many hours under the instruction of a Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) is standard practice. It's a successful formula, but there's room for improvement. The cockpit is not always the most efficient classroom, so students who are well-prepared before climbing into it will always get more out of the actual flight-training ...
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