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Featured Staff Member: Colin Gonzales

 

By: Andrew Henley Colin Gonzalez started with American Flyers 23 years ago at KSMO airport in California. He found himself working weekends as he paid for his training to earn his private pilot certificate. His hard work and attention to detail made him the perfect choice for the Administrative Co-op program. In the program, Colin […]

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Featured Student: Scott Filline

 

Scott Filline received his instrument rating in 1972 at American Flyers DuPage. Pilot’s Digest: What got you interested in aviation?Scott Filline: I was surrounded by pilots. My father was a private pilot and owned a Cessna 172 with 2 men that he worked with at Sears. My best friend was working on his pilot license […]

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Pilot And Aviation Terms

 

By: Mike Bliss Every discipline has its own unique set of terms, whether they are slang, acronyms, or phrases. Aviation is no different. There are even subsets of the aviation language. For example, each military branch has its own terms and some have even migrated to general aviation. For example, using the term, “no joy” […]

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Flying With Mr. Murphy

 

By: Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot Most people have heard of Murphy’s Law. But few people know where or how it started. The phrase “Murphy’s Law” was coined at Edwards Air Force Base in the 1940s. During this time, a group of scientists was trying to design a safe ejection seat system for pilots. One […]

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Advantages Of Using Your Plane For Business

 

By: Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot Ever imagine what it would be like to hop into your own plane and take off to wherever you wanted? Seems like something that’s only possible for the select few, doesn’t it? The truth is, this reality is closer than you think. If you’ve ever considered getting your pilot’s […]

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Instrument Proficiency Check – “Use It Or Lose It”

 

By: Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot Unlike the flight review, the instrument proficiency check (IPC) is only required if a pilot’s instrument currency lapses; there is no regularly recurring requirement for an IPC. As long as instrument-rated pilots accomplish the approach currency requirements of 14 CFR 61.57, they may never require an IPC! Because of […]

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Tips On Passing The FFA Written Exam

 

By:  Steven Daun, National Chief Pilot You’ve dreamed about flying since you were knee-high to a grasshopper. You’re finally in a position in your life where this dream is about to become a reality. All your friends and family know that you are training to become a pilot. There is only one thing standing between […]

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