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By: Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot You have decided to earn your private pilot certificate. The first half of your training is going well, and you just soloed. Now it is time to get ready for the next step in your training. The solo cross country. This article will
I am often asked, “Why do airline pilots wear a uniform?” The answer is simple and can be summed up in two words: professionalism and teamwork. All of us have worn a uniform at some time; a uniform represents commitment and belonging to a cause, such as wearing your
For over 68 years, pilots and aviation enthusiasts have been making the pilgrimage to the EAA Fly-In Convention. First to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, then to Rockford, Illinois, and then eventually to its current home of Wittman Field in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. During that one week each year, Wittman Regional Airport becomes
By Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot We see many students come through our doors each year to earn their private pilot certificates. The majority of these students continue on to earn their instrument rating. However, when we speak with people who received their private pilot certificates years ago or
By Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot My aviation career started in the ’80s. This was before the smartphone and iPad era. We were fortunate enough to have a flight service station at our airport. Most of the time, rather than calling the FSS, we visited the office. The briefer
By Patrick Connell Legacy, an endowment, a bequest, a gift… These are a few hallmarks of a good flight instructor. He or she endows upon their students a lifelong gift that will forever change them in ways that they had perhaps never imagined. How, you may ask? First of
By Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot I went to an aeronautical university in the ‘80s and could count the number of female pilots on one hand. Growing up in a house full of women and watching them achieve what they did, I could not understand why more females were
Pilot’s Digest: Why did you choose American Flyers for your CFI training?   Skyler Hudson: I chose American Flyers for my CFI training because I have worked with them through my private, instrument, and commercial. American Flyers has a strong reputation for developing competent professional aviators. When choosing a
If you ever watched the movie “The Right Stuff,” there was a very quick yet telling line that applies to all wannabe pilots. Gordo Cooper asked a reporter if they knew what made their craft go up. The reporter asked, “what?” Gordo smiled and said, “no bucks, no Buck
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
By Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot When searching for a flight school, your first series of questions should be concerning the average amount of hours that it takes for a typical student to complete their training and the quality of instruction that you will receive. It should NOT be
By: Steven J. Daun, National Chief Pilot Over the past few years, I have written several articles regarding the importance of currency and proficiency for pilots. Depending on the type of flying you do, proficiency and currency come in many different flavors and styles. However, for the GA pilot,