Instrument Pilot

Soft Field Landing

I’ve been talking a lot about the importance of soft field landings lately. I truly want you to find a way to get out there and practice a real landing on grass with your CFI sometime this year. You’ll find that what we simulating on pavement does little to prepare us for the real... read more

Emergency Approach To Soft Field Landing

Have you ever considered that your first emergency landing might also be a soft field landing? Have you ever practiced a power off approach from altitude down to the grass? If not it’s a maneuver I challenge you to find a way to practice with your flight instructor. In todays video I setup that exact secnario and run you through the items you’ll want to be watching for. Enjoy –... read more

3 Easy Ways To Improve Your Landings

Many of you know my story. I was a low time (less than 10 hour pilot) and on an attempt to land with my instructor landed well right of the runway in the grass. This mishap made me want to quit flying. I really thought I would never get the hang of landings. Fast forward 10 years and thousands of hours later to today. Where I now get to work with students helping them to avoid the same landing pitfalls I found myself in. For todays video I’m sharing with you what I believe are 3 easy ways to improve your landings. I’ll be demonstrating the Do’s and Don’ts that lead to great landings. Check out the video... read more

Copying an IFR Clearance

Flying IFR can be stressful, most of the stress is put on before you even leave the ground. Many of my students find copying the clearance to be one of the most difficult aspects. I find the most simple way to copy and read back an IFR clearance is to use the acronym CRAFT. Let’s examine what this means. C – Cleared to R – Route A – Altitude F – Frequency T – Transponder code In this video Jason demonstrates how to prepare for a clearance, ask for a clearance and what to do with that clearance during an IFR flight to Lakeland.... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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... read more