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Essential Safety Feedback: “NASA Form!”

Sometime in February 2017, I was flying VFR into Beaufort Executive Airport (KARW) in Beaufort, SC, a trip I have made numerous times-...

Praise Effort – Build a Love of Learning!

Many people grew up in the middle of the “self-esteem movement” of the 1990s. This misguided trend perpetuated the myth of innate talent...

“Growth Mindset;” Continuous Learning! – Aviation Ideas and Discussion!

To be safe as pilots, and stay sharp as CFIs, we must embrace the “growth mindset” of continuous lifetime learning. Good pilots (and...

Flight Instruction At A Higher Level

This article is contributed by Dudley Henriques, a vastly-experienced retired CFI. It is longer than our usual blog but contains rare wisdom about...

Practice the Hard Stuff; “Deep Practice!”

If you want to improve as a pilot, at any level, you must stretch your known skills a little further and practice in...

“Scary Pilots” Determine *Your* Insurance!

The burning question in aviation safety is why pilots who know the “right thing” choose to ignore conventional wisdom (SOPs) and operate recklessly. ...

Too Much (Useless) Talking! – Aviation Ideas and Discussion!

Most CFIs talk way too much (guilty). I was reminded of this listening to a very good Sporty’s “Fast Five” podcast with AOPA’s...

Murphy’s Real Law; Luck! – Aviation Ideas and Discussion!

Murphy’s (real) law seems to be that we often succeed despite poor procedures and sloppy execution. A painful failure would result in learning;...

Flight Schools Lobbying DPEs – Aviation Ideas and Discussion!

Collusion between flight schools and DPEs can easily create corruption in pilot certification; we have all seen this problem in action. There is...

Clear Up Control Confusion; FREE Course!

It is embarrassing to realize that most pilots (and even a majority of CFIs) don’t know which flight control powers the basic turn....

The Confidence Trap: Hubris! – Aviation Ideas and Discussion!

We all need a full dose of confidence to fly sophisticated aircraft in challenging conditions. There is, however, a very fine, but critical...

Fix the DPE Problem? Start Here!

Our aviation industry is once again trying to solve the persistent “DPE problem.” The highly-publicized FAA ARAC has considered this issue for over...
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