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Minimum Descent Altitude and How to Get There

In the Pilotworkshops.com IFR Proficiency series, titled “Descending on a non precision approach” respected flight instructor Rod Machado explains the benefit of descending to MDA early on non precision approaches. Rod makes the point that getting to the minimum descent altitude (MDA) prior to the visual descent point (VDP) allows the pilot a greater opportunity to see the required visual references during low visibility and therefore a better chance of landing. Rod advocates a dive and drive technique rather than […]

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Practical Test Standards

By Bob Martens with Pilot workshops

As we continually build upon the foundation that supports our aviation activities, I fear that many of us are neglecting a very important cornerstone.

The Practical Test Standards (PTS) are the basis for all training and evaluation in the US, yet few know where they are, what they say, or most importantly, how they can save lives.

The great news is that they are readily available FOR FREE, on line, they are very easy to read and […]

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Where is the Wind?

Every month I’m like a child at Christmas anxiously awaiting my new copy of “Flight Training” magazine. http://flighttraining.aopa.org/magazine As soon as I open it I like to quickly scan cover to cover to see what highlights catch my eyes. Then I will start back over on page one intensely taking in every story.

Today as I was reading the latest issue I came across the story “Phantom Wind, correcting for […]

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Getting back on the bicycle for the CFI and the Pilot…

Pilots ‘quit’ flying for as many reasons as there are grains of sand on a beach. Most of the time the priorities of life change and flying has to wait. Family, career, re-locations, job changes, and (oh yeah) money are all factors.

When the time comes for you to start back up again what should you do to prepare to get ‘back on the bicycle’? For the instructor, what should you do to facilitate the flyer’s desire to get back into […]

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Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport Grand Opening

May 1, 2010 marks the beginning of  a major mile stone for Paulding county, Georgia. At 10:00 Saturday morning the ribbon was cut opening the doors for New Business Development and Economical growth with the new full service FBO and airport terminal building.

Among those present for the ribbon cutting was David Austin, Chairman of the  Board of Commissioners for Paulding County, Calvin Thompson of  Thompson Grading, President of the Paulding county airport authority and Blake Swafford, director of the Paulding airport.

Weather minimums prevented some aircraft from accessing […]

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Hard Landing? It’s all in the eyes!

During the approach, flare, and touchdown, vision is very important. To provide good peripheral vision and good judgment of height and movement, the pilot’s head should assume a natural, straight-ahead position. The pilot’s visual focus should not be fixed on any one side or any one spot ahead of the airplane, but should be changing slowly from a point just over the airplane’s nose to the desired touchdown zone and back again, while maintaining a deliberate awareness of distance from […]

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