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Don’t Like The Weather? Just Wait…

Don't Like The Weather? Just Wait...Pilots watch weather- they are trained from the very start to assess weather, both current and forecast. Wind speed and direction, cloud cover, visibility, anything that might affect the safety of flight is carefully examined and...

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How To use a NASA Form

Sometime in February 2017, I was flying VFR into Beaufort Airport, a trip I have made numerous times- probably my third most visited airport over my flying career. Maybe it was over-familiarity, or I was distracted by my conversation with Beaufort MCAS, but no matter...

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Runways and Radios

Runways and Radios One of the biggest fears that new pilots have is talking on the radio.  I did the vast majority of my flight training at Mt. Pleasant Airport- LRO now but previously 8S5, or East Cooper Airport, a small aerodrome with an FBO and single CTAF, so I...

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Flying To Nowhere Redux part 3

Flying To Nowhere Redux Part 3 My next leg on this slightly windy winter day was a turn north to Hampton-Varnville (3J0), and I decided to forego the bumps and climb above the scattered clouds where the air was smooth. This trip would be just under 23 miles so I still...

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Flying To Nowhere Redux Part 2

I had figured that the short hop to Ridgeland Airport  (3J1) could be done at 2000 feet. That turned out to be a choppy altitude and as I bounced around, I eyed the scattered clouds just above me. I figured 3000 would put me just over those puffs and into the glassy...

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Flying To Nowhere Redux Part 1

In January of 2016, I had decided to take a VFR flight without any real destination in mind and just fly for the sheer pleasure of flight. I had flown north then west, visiting several airports I had never flown to before, and as a bonus, learning a little local...

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Fuel Reimbursement For Your Rental

Charleston Flight School has probably one of the more unique fuel reimbursement programs in the country. All airplanes are rented here "wet", which means the fuel price is included in the rental price. That's easy to handle when the airplane is used for an hour or so...

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Pre- and Post-Flight Inspections

If you are looking at this picture and thinking there's something wrong, you're right. This airplane has a bald spot, probably from a, shall we say, "sporty", landing. It happens. But this airplane should not be flown until the tire is looked at by an A&P. Spoiler...

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Do You Fly or Are You A Pilot?

You may have heard us say here at Charleston Flight School that we don't want to just each you to fly- we want to teach you to be a pilot. There's a difference. Whether you intend to fly for a career or fun, here are a few things that every pilot should do: 1) Arrive...

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Logging Time (Sim and Otherwise)

Logging Time (Sim and Otherwise) When I was working on my private pilot license, I don't remember getting a whole lot of instruction on how to fill out my logbook and as time went on, I learned even less. In my early years, my logbook was always completed by my CFI...

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