Engine Starting: More complicated than a Tesla

You’re in the pilot’s seat, wearing a headset, ready to go. From the right seat she explains that because it is a cold morning you’ll need a couple of strokes on the primer to pump a little extra fuel into the carburetor. Cold fuel doesn’t evaporate as easily as warm fuel so you need more…

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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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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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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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