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By Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot At one time or another, we have all reached the point where our mind starts playing tricks on us. It usually happens when we are fatigued and either flying at night or single-pilot IFR. You notice something or hear something unusual. You start to
Flying is fun, it’s exciting, it’s rewarding, it’s something you look forward to doing on the path to become a commercial pilot. However, most will tell you that the obligatory FAA knowledge tests are none of these things. They are merely the unpleasant somethings we have to do in
By Jay Elder At the orientation during the first day of the American Flyers CFI Academy, we stress the importance of many things. One of those that is important as you transition to your flight instructor ratings is learning a new “mindset”. For most of us, prior to our
By Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot In over 30 years of being involved in the flight training industry, it amazes me that people still equate certain schools with certain airlines. Whenever I hear this, my first question to them is “how do you know which airline you are going
By Tim Genc Here’s a question: How many hours in a training device or simulator can you use in a private pilot license program or airline academy? This seems like a pretty straight-forward and simple question, right? Well, let’s see… According to the FARs and associated Advisory Circulars, and
By Andrew Henley, Vice President Since 1911, March 8th has been marked as a day to recognize women in aviation. Although it’s only October, I felt it was exceptionally important to dedicate this issue of the Pilot’s Digest to the women who have dedicated their lives to the aviation community.
How Do You Know When A Health Scare Affects Your Medical? “Houston, we have a cold…” On the journey to finding the answer to how to become a commercial pilot, there are many hurdles that some wouldn’t think of. We’re all human beings (demographics show that our vampire readership
American Flyers is thrilled to be celebrating over 80 Years of being the leading school for flight training. “A lot has changed since our founding in 1939, as we have shifted and transitioned with aviation needs, but one thing has remained constant: we continue to provide the American Flyers
By: Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot If you have had the opportunity to take an FAA checkride in the last year or two, you have probably noticed the emphasis placed on scenario-based questions. The new Airmen Certification Standards (ACS) now require that certain tasks, such as operating as PIC,
Although aviation is popular, people rarely talk about the various paths a person can take to achieve the goals of becoming a certificated pilot. There is the Ab Initio academy-style approach, which allows a student with no prior experience in aviation to join a program with a group of
American Flyers has been training and supporting pilots since 1939. Throughout this time, we have trained more instrument pilots than anyone else in the industry. Many years ago, American Flyers condensed this knowledge and experience and published a “how to” guide for instrument pilots. This manual is called “Single
By Steven Daun There are countless times in aviation history and the development of a certified flight instructor course when friendship and a handshake formidably changed our industry. In fact, much of what we consider modern-day aviation wouldn’t exist today without these unique “handshakes”. This is a story of