My Favorite Checkride Question

I get the benefit of sitting in on a lot of checkrides. When you sit in as many as I do you start to see common themes despite the tests being administered by different DPE’s (Designated Pilot Examiners). Which brings me to todays video “My Favorite Checkride Question”. You’re recovering from an unusual attitude. What is the first instrument you’re going to look...

Power Off Stall Recovery

You’ve heard me say it time and time again. “We practice stalls to practice recoveries not to practice how to stall!” That being said any CFI or checkride examiner is going to expect a perfect recovery. However I always try to teach beyond any test and create these real world scenarios. So in this video fly along with me as I set you up for a power off...

Power Off 180’s

The power off 180 (Power off accuracy approach and landing) as the FAA calls it is a commercial pilot maneuver that works to teach pilots gliding accuracy and the power off characteristics of their aircraft. However it’s not just a maneuver for those pursuing a commercial pilot certificate . I encourage pilots of all skills levels to practice power off 180’s with their flight...

Short Field Takeoff and Landings

I remember my first attempt at a short field takeoff and landing. The takeoff was the somewhat easy part after all it was just simulated and there was no real obstacle so the pressure was off. On the landing things were interesting. I though to myself “how hard could it be to land on a certain spot?” More specifically 0 feet before and 200 feet after (Private Pilot Standards). This however proved to be quite the challenge. Fast forward over a decade and thousands of hours I’m now sharing with you some of my best short field takeoff and landing...

Power On Stall Recovery

Is it safe to admit that early on in my flying I was intimidated by power on stalls? I didn’t realize it but I had developed a “fear of stalling” can you relate? In todays video I show you that while stalls are something to “fear” in the sense that we need to stay well away. Practicing stalls can make us a much better stick and rudder pilots. Always remember, we practice stalls to practice...