Straight and Level IFR Scan

An instrument student asked me how fast to scan the instrument for straight and level flight. It was a good question. I took a best guess of an answer (~10 seconds per scanning cycle in straight and level flight) and though that seems about right, it also raises a bunch of other questions. Having a… Continue reading Straight and Level IFR Scan

Categorized as Technique

Rust-Shaker: S-Turns

S-Turns Across a Road Few pilots appear to perform this Ground Reference maneuver much after getting their private pilot license, but perhaps they should, as it is an excellent rust shaker and can be very useful in every pilot’s Rust-Shaker Maneuver collection. Why? S-turns help rebuild proficiency in at least two ways: They require the… Continue reading Rust-Shaker: S-Turns

Why Not Make It A (B)FR?

Besides working on a new pilot rating, checkout, endorsements or mandatory flight reviews, there are many reasons to fly with a CFI: Regain proficiency after a pause in flying Preparing for a flight that is outside your comfort zone Practicing a skill that has been neglected (when is the last time you flew under the… Continue reading Why Not Make It A (B)FR?

Currency vs. Proficiency – How Do You Set Your Personal Proficiency Minimums?

You remember the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Test Questions about pilot currency? Today is May 3rd, 2020. Your last flight was your private pilot practical test on May 15, 2018 in a Cessna 152. Are you current to fly a 400 nm solo cross-country your Piper Archer today? The shocking answer is of course: Yes!… Continue reading Currency vs. Proficiency – How Do You Set Your Personal Proficiency Minimums?

Learn to Fly Here

So, you want to Learn to Fly …. You have come to the right place: we can help you learn to fly with primary flight training – planning, instruction and mentoring. At Great Landings Aviation, our mission is to help people like you accomplish their dream to fly and become safe, confident and fun-loving pilots.… Continue reading Learn to Fly Here

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Instrument Training

Want to fly through clouds and in weather less than VFR: an instrument training course is what you need. Getting an instrument rating is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as a pilot. How often do you get to learn a brand new skills you can learn as an adult. It requires… Continue reading Instrument Training

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