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...
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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 ...
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Getting to Know Your Airplane

How well do you know your aircraft? Whether you’ve been flying the same aircraft for several years, or are transitioning into a new make and model, knowing your plane is crucial to understanding its systems and limitations. Prior to a first solo flight, a student pilot will complete a presolo knowledge exam. This exam will, in part, ask about the aircraft intended for use on the flight to help ens...
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Gleim Releases 2021 Edition Private, Instrument, and Commercial Knowledge Test Prep Materials, FAR/AIM

Gleim Aviation is proud to announce the release of the 2021 FAA Knowledge Test Prep editions for Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot, and Commercial Pilot, and the 2021 FAR/AIM book. The Gleim FAA Knowledge Test Prep books provide students with the easiest, fastest, and least-expensive means of passing the FAA knowledge test. The Gleim Knowledge Transfer Outlines at the beginning of each study unit...
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Hazards Associated with Microbursts

Summer is here, and although there will be plenty of perfect flying days, pilots should be prepared for volatile weather, such as thunderstorms, which can pop up quickly and unexpectedly. While there are many hazards associated with thunderstorms, this article specifically addresses microbursts. Formation When a thunderstorm develops, the updraft can be so strong that it suspends large a...
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What’s included in a Gleim Aviation Pilot Kit?

When it comes to providing a complete training program, Gleim has you covered. Our pilot training kits include all the training resources you need to master both the knowledge and practical test for every level of training. We like to say that our pilot training kits include "everything but your CFI and an airplane." Check out the contents of the Gleim Aviation pilot kit in the video below. We'...
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Interactive E-6B Flight Computer Available Online for FREE

Every pilot will use a variation of the E-6B flight computer for flight planning calculations. The traditional E-6B is primarily used during flight training, as many pilots opt to use online flight planning apps post training. While some students use electronic E-6B computers, the manual E-6B flight computer has some significant advantages, including lower cost and reliability without power. The m...
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Understanding Eights-On-Pylons and Pivotal Altitude

During commercial pilot training, advanced maneuvers are required to further evaluate the student’s piloting abilities; one such maneuver is eights-on-pylons. In this maneuver, students are required to demonstrate a strong ability to divide attention between precise control of the aircraft while turning around a ground reference at a specific pivotal altitude, which is constantly changing with the...
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How to Confidently Communicate on the Radios

Many pilots struggle with radio communication. This task is often overlooked when people decide to become pilots, but the struggle is not just limited to students. Just like learning any other language, it may initially be challenging, but once you memorize the vocabulary and develop a keen understanding of “radio grammar,” speaking on the radios becomes second nature. Here are some tips to help a...
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FAA Issues SFAR for COVID-19 Relief

April 29, 2020 - The FAA issued a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) titled “Relief for Certain Persons and Operations during the COVID 19 Outbreak.” The relief extends the expiration dates of certain types of certificate and operating privileges for airman and part 141 flight schools. This SFAR is valid from April 30th 2020 to March 31st 2021, however, most of the provisions are effective...
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What To Bring To Your FAA Knowledge Test

If you’re preparing for an FAA knowledge test and getting ready to schedule your exam, you may be wondering what items you are allowed to bring with you to your test. This is a common question that our team of instructors is often asked. If you have any of the Gleim Aviation FAA knowledge test preparation materials, this information is already provided to you; however, in case you are uncertain, m...
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The Basics of Ground Reference Maneuvers

Of all the skills student pilots must develop, ground reference maneuvers (including rectangular course, turns around a point, and s-turns),are among the least understood. This article explains why these maneuvers are important and how to execute and conquer them. Why are ground reference maneuvers important? Ground reference maneuvers help students understand the relationship between flight...
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