Take the first step toward becoming a pilot! Saturday morning Private Pilot Ground School classes at the Lakeland Airport begin February 4, 2017. Location: Tailwheels, Etc. 3131 Flightline Dr. Suite 205 Lakeland, FL 33811 Space is limited to approximately 10 seats. Call to preregister: (863) 401-3592 Classes will be held from 8am to 12pm on the dates … More Private Pilot Ground School – Lakeland, FL
As a student pilot prepares for their first cross country, they will often be asked to manually complete a navigation log. Here, it is divided into 9 steps, and the video series explains how to complete each one. If you need help with only a portion of the nav log, click the link beside each … More Completing a VFR Navigation Log
Introduction to Instrument Approaches An instrument approach is a way to get lined up on a long final approach to a runway, and to descend to just a few hundred feet above the ground in low visibility or low ceilings. Each instrument approach ends at a point very near the end of the runway, and … More Understanding Instrument Approaches
Why select an alternate? When filing an IFR flight plan, when are you required to select an alternate airport? Practically speaking, if the weather at your destination is anywhere close to minimums, there is a possibility that the weather will deteriorate further by the time you arrive, and you will be unable to see the runway … More Alternate Airports
Light airplanes can fly in the rain. There is very little different about flying in the rain versus flying in dry air, except for a bit of noise caused by the droplets hitting the windscreen. But how do you know if that blob on the radar is simply rain or a thunderstorm with the requisite … More Is it a Thunderstorm?
A holding pattern is simply a way to wait in the air before making an approach to an airport. You may need to wait because of traffic delays or some kind of weather issue at your destination. ATC will issue holding instructions, specifying that you hold at some kind of fix, or at a VOR. … More Holding Pattern Basics
Picking up your IFR clearance doesn’t have to be difficult. GA clearances are typically much simpler than those issued to airliners but still require practice to copy down in a timely manner and to read back correctly. Start by writing the acronym CRAFT on your kneeboard: CRAFT stands for the items you will receive in … More IFR Clearance Practice
Both private pilots and beginning instrument pilots need to master basic aircraft control using references to the instruments alone. This video teaches the hub and spoke method of scanning the instruments. For all maneuvers, this method involves setting the general airplane configuration using the attitude indicator, and then using the other instruments to make sure … More Instrument Flying Introduction
This method will help a student pilot easily determine the approximate bank angle needed to maintain a consistent ground track during S Turns Across a Road and Turns Around a Point. This is a visual maneuver. Use the following tips to determine, at a glance, the probable need for a shallow, medium, or steep bank angle … More Ground Reference Made Easy
A walk through computing the amount of fuel used between waypoints on an E6B. This is to be completed after you’ve calculated the amount of time between waypoints. See this post for details on computing distance and time.