Best How-to-Land Video

4,001 people watched this video in the last 30 days. In total, it has been viewed over 382,613 times. That is more times than there are pilots in the U.S. I’m rather proud of that. Here it is: And here is its transcript — not exactly word for word — but it should make the concepts…

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Taxiing for Takeoff

Then to make things a bit more intimidating, your instructor tunes the radio and listens to a monotonous broadcast delivered by a bored air traffic controller. “Information lima, altimeter two niner niner two, winds from two eight five at 10, gusts to 15, use runway two eight…” Before you can ask what did all that…

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How to Avoid Wingtip Strikes Taxiing in a Strong Wind

Then to make things a bit more intimidating, your instructor tunes the radio and listens to a monotonous broadcast delivered by a bored air traffic controller. “Information lima, altimeter two niner niner two, winds from two eight five at 10, gusts to 15, use runway two eight…” Before you can ask what did all that…

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Controlling P-factor and yaw during takeoff and climb

You have completed your walk-around the airplane to your instructor’s satisfaction, taxied to the active runway, performed a pre-takeoff check and engine run up. The tower told you to taxi onto the runway and line up for takeoff. Your instructor has been working the radio for you but otherwise you are handling all of the…

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How to stay on Altitude without Concentrating Intently

Now your instructor decides to introduce one more control – a control you’ll learn to appreciate and use frequently: the elevator trim. During your walk-around you noticed a small hinged flap on the trailing edge of the elevator that your instructor called a ‘trim tab.’ And in the cockpit below the throttle, mixture and carburetor…

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Communicating over Aviation Radios is an Acquired Skill

An airplane radio still sounds like someone put rocks in a blender. Now you do the preflight inspection while your instructor finishes her coffee. You know she is watching you because the moment you finish, she walks out of the office and, with a warm smile, crawls into the right seat. You can tell you…

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How to Takeoff and Climb without Chasing the Airspeed Needle

You realize that she was right. Airspeed is controlled by the elevator control because pilots adjust pitch attitude with the elevator control. Here’s how you come to that realization: It’s your turn to fly. Focusing on the airspeed indicator, you push your nose down until it points at the right airspeed. Good… not so good.…

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How to Avoid Missing Critical Items (and Other Learning to Fly Tips)

This is it. You’re gonna fly. You’re belted into the left seat with the headset on – ready to fly! Your instructor pulls the wheel backward and forward and says, “This is your airspeed.” She touches the throttle saying, “This is your altitude.” You think, “It’s a bit early in the morning. She’s got it…

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Adverse Yaw and Coordinated Turns

She explains, “We’re going to do coordinated turns. That means that you coordinate your rudder and ailerons. “We turn by banking in the direction we want to turn. “Let’s say we’re going to turn left. We bank left by rolling the wheel left. That raises the left aileron and lower the right aileron. When the…

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How to Solo in 6 Hours & 25 Minutes

I couldn’t taxi. Off onto the grass, back across the taxiway and into the weeds. My instructor could barely suppress his laughter. I must have looked like a drunk. When I got home, I couldn’t let go of it. I kept reliving each embarrassing moment. I pictured myself helplessly charging into the grass and weeds,…

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