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What Does “Maintain Runway Heading” Mean to YOU?

What Does "Maintain Runway Heading" Mean to YOU? When leaving from a non-towered airport, we are taught to add the crosswind correction required to remain aligned with our departure runway, but what does it mean when Tower tells us to "Maintain runway heading"? As it...

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Be a Drone Pilot!

By now, we all have seen the proliferation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or drones. They are everywhere. Anybody with a few bucks can go on-line and buy a very nice remote flying machine with a camera. Unfortunately, anything much bigger than a stocking-stuffer can do...

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TSA Requirements in Pilot Training

  After 9/11, there was a push to immediately do something, anything, that would prevent a repeat of the hijacker's actions. One of the very first things that was done was the grounding of all general aviation airplanes. Then, you could fly GA but only with a...

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Positive Exchange of Flight Controls

You would think that having more than one pilot in an airplane would automatically make it twice as safe, but you would be wrong. In fact, the NTSB has files of airplane accidents where the presence of more than one pilot actually contributed to the accident. What's...

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Flying to Nowhere Part 4

Flying To Nowhere Part 4 Author's note: I have decided to make a random flight with no goals except to fly. This is the final part of my adventure. I departed Camden on Runway 6 and made a turn due east towards Fairfield County Airport, southwest of Winnsboro. In just...

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He’s Talking About You!

  Less than 1/2 of 1% of the U.S. population holds a pilot certificate of any kind. Active pilots represent an even smaller percentage of the general population. And despite the general tone of our cartoon, that number includes women pilots as well. There are...

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Flying to Nowhere Part 3

Author's note: I have decided to make a random flight with no goals except to fly. This is Part 3 of my adventure. The flight from Manning was short and quick, just a bit more than 25 miles as the Piper flies, over a landscape of trees, roads, and small towns. Sumter...

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Flying To Nowhere Part 2

Author's note: I have decided to make a random flight with no goals except to fly. This is Part 2 of my adventure. My airplane leapt off the runway and why not? With just me and partial fuel, on a crisp morning with temperatures in the low 40s, it was a perfect...

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Flying To Nowhere, Part 1

Flying To Nowhere, Part 1 It was a chance conversation that steered me into the skies this cool and sunny January morning. A friend of mine was telling me about the airplane he and his father owned. “We had bought the airplane so the two of us could share flying” he...

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Your First Solo

Have you ever wondered exactly what your instructor is waiting for before he lets you solo?According to the FAA, you must be able to: Make competent go/no-go decisions for every flight. Determine the location of all other traffic while in the pattern. Establish and...

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