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From the beginning stages of our private pilot training, we know that a spin is an aggravated stall condition. During their training, the pictures shown to private pilot candidates in various publications generally show the airplane following a downward corkscrew path. Even worse, many of these pictures show the
There are various reasons why people become pilots, and likewise, there are various reasons why pilots become flight instructors. However, there are a few reasons why flight instructors don’t become instrument instructors, and that is mainly due to a lack of understanding. That understanding is how much better you
Collecting weather data for a planned flight must begin before the normal pre-departure briefing. It can be helpful to begin paying attention to TV weather broadcasts a day or two before your flight to understand where high and low-pressure areas will be, as well as the location and movement
If you are familiar with the aviation industry or are new and looking to get involved, you may have come across the term “fast track.” It is a phrase used to allure potential pilots by promising a rapid progression from zero flight experience to becoming an airline pilot. But
Glass Cockpits first entered service with the military in the late 60s and early 70s. These consisted of a multi-function display in the F-111. By the late 70s and early 80s, NASA primarily used electronic flight displays on many platforms to enhance situational awareness. By the 1990s, LCD panels
You’ve heard me say this many times before, but there has never been a better time to start your flight training! If you’ve been thinking about starting, don’t procrastinate. Here is a short list of why you should start right now: Airlines are hiring. Beginning in 2020, with the
The airline business has not always been as it is today. Today’s pilots don’t suffer from airline furloughs. They don’t know what it is like to fly for five or ten different airlines because of airlines going out of business. Today’s pilots don’t know what it’s like to start
Now that daylight savings time is over, night flying is much more in play. Even if you are not planning a night flight, unexpected delays can easily push a day flight into the night. While flying at night can be a very enjoyable experience, it requires a few additional
American Flyers began training pilots in 1939. Not long after, WWII broke out in Europe, making aviation critical in a new way. Airplane manufacturers doubled their efforts and began producing more airplanes with better avionics, increasing the demand for well-trained pilots to fly them. This was a demand that
In 2024, American Flyers will proudly commemorate a remarkable milestone: 85 years of shaping the world’s best pilots. Founded by Reed Pigman in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1939, we have weathered significant changes, consistently adapting and transforming alongside the ever-evolving aviation landscape. However, amid these transformations, one constant remains:
The airspace in the United States is the most complex in the world. There are anywhere between 8,000 and 13,000 aircraft in the air at any given time in the United States. Yes, close to 100,000 flights take off and land in the U.S. on any given day. In
Flying an airplane is an extraordinary experience that brings a sense of freedom and exhilaration. For those who have obtained their private pilot certificate, the thrill of soaring through the sky is already embedded in their hearts. However, why stop there? Even if you are content with flying solely