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The Voice of Experience

It has been my pleasure in the past few months to administer instructor renewal flight tests to three gentlemen, each of whom has been instructing for more than 50 years. My 39 years of instructing …

The dreaded stall spin accident

How can you avoid the stall spin accident? Yaw is as much a culprit in causing these accidents as a stall. We all know that the improper use of rudder is the main cause of …

Three ways to train: The right way, the wrong way, and the FAA way

Years ago when I was serving my time with Uncle Sam, a favorite phrase was “there are three ways to do something: the right way, the wrong way, and the Army way.” The more I …

Be Prepared: When faced with an emergency, multi-engine pilots should remember the Boy Scout motto

The key to any emergency is the Boy Scouts’ motto: Be prepared.
The good multi-engine pilot must be prepared for an engine failure. But what goes into being prepared? And what elements must the pilot consider …

Who’s in charge here?

There seems to be ongoing confusion about who can log pilot in command time under the provisions of FAR Part 61. Unfortunately, most of this concern fails to consider the more important definition of pilot …

Instructor’s Manual: Bucking the winds

Recently, a reader asked me to write an article on landing in high and gusty winds, and the time has come to do it. There probably are more ideas, theories and techniques for this than …