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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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How To Refuel Your Aircraft At A Self-Service Station

On cross-country flights, pilots may be required to independently refuel at an airport before flying the next leg of the journey. Learn how to refuel your aircraft at a self service station, and the safety equipment available to you in this quick tutorial. (more…)
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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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