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This isn’t Florida anymore!! Flying the mountain ravines out West.

Jason and Hunter take advantage of a beautiful day and fly a “not so direct” course from Scottsdale AZ to Sedona AZ. They prepare for rising terrain, density altitude, thermals, lowered engine performance, limited landing options and turn around points, all of which are discussed in this video. In Florida we think of heavy rain clouds for IFR, but out in this area of Arizona IFR can be anything from dust clouds to heavy wildfire smoke; Jason and Hunter discuss many factors that affect those flying in the mountains.... 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

Turns Around a Point

Without any wind, turns around a point are simply a low altitude turn around a specific landmark to create a perfect circle with constant bank angle. Your goal is to keep a consistent altitude and distance from the point. This is simple in theory, but the real challenge begins when you include the ever changing variables of flying, especially gusting winds. It’s important to continually scan the area forward of you and around you. Don’t get sucked into focusing so hard on your landmark that you tune out everything else.... read more
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One place I spent a lot of time was with Jason Schappert and MzeroA. Primarily because the videography that brings you into the cockpit and shows you what you’re doing in terms of controlling the airplane, is all part of the preparation and studying that’s incredibly valuable before you even get into the cockpit of the airplane. Jim Minow

Executive Director AOPA Foundation

I have enjoyed your online ground school. It was just what I was looking for. This course has allowed me to learn new things, keep up the knowledge part of flying and to interact with you and other pilots through the weekly workshops, monthly check rides and webinars.

I have also enjoyed and benefited from the frequent e-mails you have sent. It has also made me realize confidence in my knowledge skills and allowed me to move on to the IFR ground work I have been eager to get to. Dean Hoopengardner

Private Pilot

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