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Why the Double I? A Look at the Value of the CFI-I

 

By Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot There are many different reasons why people become pilots, and likewise, there are many different reasons why pilots become flight instructors. There are a few reasons why flight instructors don’t become instrument instructors, however, and that is mainly due to a lack  of understanding. That understanding is how much […]

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Five Rules of Thumb for the Instrument Pilot

 

When you think about instrument flying, you can think of hundreds of things that you need to remember when flying in the clouds. This article covers the five most basic rules of thumb for you to remember when flying on instruments. 5: Always use the six T’s American Flyers developed the six T’s over 70 […]

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The Most Common Skills a Pilot Will Forget First When Not Proficient

 

Everyone has a story, and every pilot has a reason for learning to fly.  Then in many cases, “life happens.”  We see this often where a pilot learned to fly years ago, and due to family, financial, business, or many other reasons, they had to stop flying.  As soon as they get back to a […]

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The Importance of Dual and Solo Simulator Training

 

By: Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot Records show that methods to tell the future, like a crystal ball, have been used as far back as the 1st century. Soothsayers used the magic ball to give advice to the world’s most powerful people. If you think about this, you must ask yourself whether the ball, the […]

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Why Standardization Is Important

 

BY STEVEN DAUN, NATIONAL CHIEF PILOT You are flying IFR on the last hour of what has been a five-hour IFR flight. The weather is poor, it’s cold and bumpy, and you have a couple of passengers who are getting nervous. Suddenly, one of your annunciator lights comes on indicating that there is a problem […]

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Become a Better Pilot

 

This issue of the Pilot’s Digest is all about becoming a better pilot. A good pilot is one that is always learning, but a great pilot is one that practices what they have learned. If you’re like me, you’ve watched the ESPN special about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls called The Last Dance. What […]

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Safety Trends

 

By Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot For the majority of my career in aviation, I’ve noticed that very few companies and instructors like to discuss safety trends. This could be for a few reasons — one being that part of this discussion includes tough subjects like accidents and incidents. Both of which are subjects that […]

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