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

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...
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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...
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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 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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Aerospace Center for Excellence Partners with Gleim to Produce Virtual Aviation Summer Camp

Gleim Aviation is thrilled to partner with the Aerospace Center for Excellence to help produce their Destination Aviation Virtual Summer Camp. The 6-week camp begins on June 15th, is designed for students 11-17 years old, and features exciting aviation lessons, virtual field trips, and interviews with aerospace professionals. Destination Aviation Virtual Summer Camp is FREE for all to participa...
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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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The National Weather Service Marks its Sesquicentennial

The National Weather Service (NWS) is one of the primary sources for weather information used by pilots and dispatchers to plan and monitor flights. Weather information is a fundamental element in the lives of aviators, and has been since the first aviators took to the skies. The NWS we know today was originally called the Weather Bureau, created by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1870, 33 years bef...
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Celebrating the E-6B’s 80th Birthday

As the E-6B flight computer turns 80 years old in 2020, we pay our respects to the device that has helped millions of pilots plan their flights for eight decades. With the advent of electronic flight bags, modern navigation equipment, and portable electronic devices, the E-6B flight computer is often regarded as an old-fashioned tool used only for FAA knowledge tests and cross-country flight plann...
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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...
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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?

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...
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