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Retest for that FAA Practical Test on the Same Day? Why Perhaps You Shouldn’t.

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[Sporty’s] Tips and Tricks to Pass Your Checkride with DPE Jason Blair

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Charlie Visits a New Airport, Stays a Bit, and is Getting a Little Maintenance.

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Holiday Weekends = Flying = Higher Than Average Accident Rates: Don’t Be that Pilot

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CFI/Pilot Training Pro-Tip -Turn On The Lights

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FAA 20 Year Forecast Notes Effects on Regional Airlines and ATP Certification – Training Capacity Not A Factor Included

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RTS with an April Fools Day Annual – Charlie Flies into 2019….

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Wings Credit for an FAA Practical Test? Request it from your DPE/CFI!

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Three Logbook Tips to Save You Heartache

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Common CFI Checkride “Administrata” Errors

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Data Highlights and Potential Industry Considerations from 2018 FAA Airman Certificate Data…

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Charlie Checkrides (2018)…

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Flying the Approach in GPS Mode instead of VLOC – Why it may be better, as long as you do it correctly…

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Government Shutdown Effects on FAA Pilot Testing (etc.)

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Considerations for Flying Political Candidates in Accordance with FEC and FAA Guidelines

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CFI/Pilot Training Pro-Tip – Don’t Announce “Engine Out” on the radio unless it’s real…try “Short Approach”

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CFI/Pilot Training Pro-Tip – Lower Volume on Radio Two When Listening to ATIS/AWOS/ASOS

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CFI/Pilot Training Pro-Tip – Practical VOR Check Tips

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Early Pilot Career Advice – Don’t Create Barriers to Mobility

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FAA Publishes Final Rule on Aviation Training Devices; Pilot Certification, Training, and Pilot Schools; and Other Provisions

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Sod Runway Season – Tips for using sod runways

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The Pre-Flying Briefing on FAA Practical Tests – What Examiners Should Do and What Applicants Should Expect

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The Pre-Test Briefing on FAA Practical Tests – What Examiners Should Do and What Applicants Should Expect

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Taking Oral Questioning Beyond Rote to Applicant and Correlation on FAA Pratical Tests – What Examiners Should Do and What Applicants Should Expect

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FAA Removes Requirement of Demonstration of Complex Aircraft on CFI Initial and Single-Engine Initial Commercial Pilot Practical Tests

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Dangers of Relying On Oxygen Systems in Middle-Altitude Flying

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Myths and Complaints About Designated Pilot Examiners Discussed

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Government Shutdown Effects on FAA Testing/Training

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Local Airport Conditions Information (and a Lack Therof) During Winter Operations

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Landing Where Seaplanes Go…but on Wheels (or Skis)

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CFI Staffing Availability for Flight Training Providers in Consideration of Certification Trends and Compensation Practices

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Charlie “Checkup”

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Selling the Dream of Flying in a Past Era – Insights from an old airplane marketing brochure.

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A new home, and new life (for Charlie).

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First Journey with Charlie…almost home.

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Adopting “Charlie”

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Changes to AC on Currency Requirements and Guidance for the Flight Review and Instrument Proficiency Check (AC61-98D) Open for Public Comment

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Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) Recommends Removal of Experience Requirement for CFIs to Train New CFIs

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9 Free Subscriptions to Help an Instructor Stay Up-To-Date

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Tracking Recent ATP/Commercial Pilot – Initial Certificate Issuance Statistics

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[Sporty’s] How to Prepare and Pass Your Checkride – Tips from a Pilot Examiner (Jason Blair)

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Commercial ACS Final Documents Available – Effective June 12, 2017 (Private and Instrument ACS Updates also available)

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Student Pilot Certificate Issuance Numbers Down Since Change to Plastic Student Pilot Certificates

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FAA Data Shows Declining Trend in ATP and Percentage of US AMEL Pilot Certification

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UAS (Drones) Exempt from Mode C Veil around Class B Airport? – Asked of and Answered by FAA…

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Scenic and Uneventful.

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FAA Requests Instructors Sign Off Applicants in IACRA as Soon as Ready for Practical Tests

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Easily Look Up FAA Knowledge Test Codes Free at www.FAATestCodeLookup.com

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Beyond the Purchase Price of an Aircraft – Considering and Calculating the Real Cost of Aircraft Ownership and Operation

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Finding the Correct Aircraft Code for IACRA Applications – A Search Link

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Calculating Descents from Higher Altitudes

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Generic LSA Aircraft Codes for IACRA When Aircraft Not Found

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FAA Clarifies Interpretation of ACS material to allow use of non-installed equipment for navigation demonstrations on private pilot practical test

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A ceiling is not a ceiling is not a ceiling.

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DME Arcs, The Case Against Them (at least for Practical Testing requirements)

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Rebuild, Refurb, and Overhaul – Not the Answer to Our Future GA Aircraft Needs?

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ATC Query Helps Pilots Land on Correct Runway

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Near tragedy due to complacency in oxygen system procedures

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Forecasting ATP Pilot Certification Flows – Decreases Expected Based on Testing Trends

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Avoiding Other Traffic by the Lake

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Step by Step Process for Issuance of Student Pilot Certificates Using Updated FAA Student Pilot Certificate Procedures

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Airman Certification Standards (ACS) Becoming Effective June 15, 2016

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The Unique Consideration of Personal Minimums in Public Benefit Flying

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‘Tis the Season for Carbon Monoxide in Flying

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Super Pilot Chad and Examiner X – How a Checkride Should NOT Go…

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Check Those NOTAMS – Know Before You Go if Your Intended Approaches are Active

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Perspective on Airline Reliability

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Practice the Glide….

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Out of the Air for Two Weeks, but Planning a South America Trip Again?

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Reflections and Tips from Recent Practical Tests

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Ok, so the GPS Was Doing What it was “Supposed” to Do, Just Not What I “Would Want” it To Do

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Normally when a pilot had a depiction of 3.9 nautical DME miles from a Class D airport and hadn’t talked with the tower on a practical test, I would have failed them….but…

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Solving the Pilot Shortage – New Solutions Developing As the Shortage Develops

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Ferry flight for 337 on hold…maybe to revive at a later date….

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Why a ferry flight through central Amazonica is not as good as of an idea as the coastal route…

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337 Trip Plug Pulled?

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Less than Two Weeks Out for Ferry Flight…and a Route

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Getting the Weather En Route the Old Fashioned Way Still Works – Flight Watch and Flight Service En Route

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Good flight to Michigan in the 337…now to prep everything to go back south…

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When your gut tells you not to leave your overnight bag at the hotel…trust your gut

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337 Looks Good to Go…only a couple minor discrepancies…

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Enroute to a 337 Check out…for me and for it…

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To Ferry or not to Ferry…

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Where is the Best Weather for Flight Training (In the United States)

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Runway Safety – Multitasking….A video from in the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Runway Safety Online Course

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Runway Safety – Communication Breakdown….A video from in the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Runway Safety Online Course

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Runway Safety – The Big Picture….A video from in the AOPA Air Safety Institute’s Runway Safety Online Course

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Stop. Go. and Confess to Avoid Runway Incursions.

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Turns around a point – to the right you say?

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Why (I Think) You Should be Staying for the Summer Semesters if You are Flight Training at Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation

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Inspire me…

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Discussing the Area Forecast

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The Tough Job of Being an FAA ASI

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Finding the Freezing Level…

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Flight Training and Pilot Supply a Priority for Big Industry Players

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One Mistake from Infamy…

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Not Every Phone Briefing is the Same…

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CFIs – More of Us, but We’re Getting Older – What’s it Mean?

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Trinkets, Tokens, Memories, and Dreams…

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United States – Former Pilot Training Provider to the World?

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Two Pilot Training Paths – Professional Pilots and Pleasure and Business Pilots

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Wanted: The Perfect Training Airplane for the Next 50 Years

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Down the Wrong Path – Did Light Sport Aircraft Hurt Forward Progress in GA?

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Is GA Aircraft Manufacturing a Boutique Business? – Considerations of Consumer Aircraft Buying Power

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Proper Documentation Means Better Aircraft Maintenance – Documents Aircraft Owners Should Have

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Aviation Roots…

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What the Government Shutdown Means for FAA Knowledge/Practical Tests

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Determining the True Cost of Aircraft Rental

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Goodbye to the Flight Bag…

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Keeping Pilots Active, Growing Aviation, New Student Completions Isn’t All We Need

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What if we had to deal with a user fee for GA?

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Solving the Pilot Shortage – Other Options?

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Be Your Fellow Pilot’s Keeper

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Would I Stop at My Own Airport?

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The Last Mile

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Wanted: A Methodical Means to Close Towers

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How Much Should Pratical Tests Cost?

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The State of the Flight Training Industry

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What’s in a Tail Number?

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Just How Useful is VFR Flight?

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Flight Training Capacity in the Context of Recent Legislation

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I Drove to Work Last Week

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EAA Webinar: How to Pass Your Checkride

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The Thin Line: The Difference Between “Simulating” and “Creating” an Emergency

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