Flight Training

November 28, 2013

Take a load off!

  Knowing how and when to unload the wing can save your hide.  You can stop reading there. The remainder of this post will only seek to emphasize that not-so-subtle point.   If you are confused or curious keep reading.   Airplanes are fantastically designed machines. They seek equilibrium in virtually all states, alter their…

October 31, 2013

Must Haves for the New Pilot

by Chris Oquist So you’ve finally done, you decided to buckle down and make your dream of flying a plane a reality. Now what? Well, you are going to need a few things before taking flight. Some items on this list may seem like little things, but they can make a big difference. An important aspect of being…

September 7, 2013


The question of what we can do personally to be better at our craft is something that I don’t feel we ask often enough. For me, it usually takes a couple of well placed screw-ups to rattle my cage and make me think introspectively about my flying. These weren’t metal-bending events, but rather instances where…

July 5, 2013

How To Be a Good Student. This applies to all of us!

This post may sound like it is targeted at folks in training, but it really applies to all of us. It assumes that we are all “students” in some form or fashion. Let me explain. You see it doesn’t matter if you are a 787 driver with decades of experience and you flew F-15s prior…

June 19, 2013

Accomplishments in Flight

One of the cooler things about flying is the ability to seek out and accomplish tangible goals. I don’t know about you, but I like having goals that I can strive for.  I think that’s why sports are so popular, because you always have something to shoot for.  As adults, many of our hobbies take…

May 3, 2013

Setting Aviation Goals: The SMART Approach

Setting Aviation Goals: The SMART Approach Having goals is something we should always endeavor to do. Not just for flying, but since we are talking aviation that will be the context for this article. Certainly these ideas can be applied to anything else in life. When President Kennedy announced in 1961 that we would put…

April 30, 2013

10 Myths About Learning to Fly

Here are 10 myths that I hear frequently from folks that are interested in flying, but don’t think they can pursue it.   I can’t afford it. I despise the word “can’t.” There is simply no such thing. If you really want it, you can find the way. It really comes down to choices. With…

April 16, 2013

FAASTeam Safety Seminar

Last weekend our local EAA and IAC Chapters hosted the annual joint safety seminar. We also have a FAASTeam representative there so we can give FAA Wings credit to whomever attends. The last couple of years, the venue has been PrimeAero at Marysville airport here in Central Ohio. They are gracious hosts and let us use…

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