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This simple tip will keep you from getting more lost and help you to find out where you are.

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In this video, I demonstrate why the VASI is not appropriate for VFR flight to the runway and a steeper approach should be used when possible.

The post Is the VASI glidepath high enough for a safe VFR approach? appeared first on Schaefer Flight.

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After takeoff, it is best to stay above the runway and not drift to one side. Many students have trouble with this and the skill builds with experience.  You can’t see the runway below you without looking straight down, and depending on the plane you may not be able to see it at all. But …

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You’ve just started the engine and you are about to go through your pre-taxi checklist. Then you spot a child running towards your plane. What do you do?! … If you took more than about 3 seconds to decide, then you were too slow. Most airport ramps are empty of people but this isn’t always the …

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I enjoy simulating emergencies for students. One of my favorites has to do with the oil pressure. As the student lines up the plane for takeoff I watch their eyes. When I’m sure they are looking out the window I say, “Woah … the oil pressure just spiked!” Most people look down at the gauge and …

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Whether you fly FSX, Prepar3D, or X-Plane, you will need a computer that can handle the graphics and still give a good frame rate. Frame-rate is the number of times the picture refreshes per second. A framerate of 20 to 30 is a good minimum to shoot for. If you can get a computer that …

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M = W * A Moment = Weight * Arm First, let’s look at what these words mean. Moment (also known as torque) is the rotational force applied to a body. Think of your airplane like a seesaw. The fulcrum is the wing because, like the fulcrum of a seesaw, the wing is keeping you …

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Who can be a professional pilot? Being a professional pilot does not mean that you work for an airline or fly a jet. In fact, even a student pilot can be a professional. This is because professionalism is not a job or a set of skills, it is a choice. What is professionalism? There are many …

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