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  • Extend Your Skills! 60/90 Turns, Triple A Stalls

    Extend Your Skills! 60/90 Turns, Triple A Stalls

    This blog presents some challenging flight maneuvers that build greater pilot proficiency, confidence and flight safety. It is essential to break out of our daily “comfort zone” or we will react...

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  • WANTED: Angle of Attack Managers

    WANTED: Angle of Attack Managers

    This is one in a series of posts by special guest authors about SAFE’s new CFI-PROficiency Initiative™ (aka SAFE CFI-PRO™). The goal of the initiative is to make good aviation educators great!...

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  • Reflect and Redirect; “Double Loop” Learning!

    Reflect and Redirect; “Double Loop” Learning!

    Pilots are a “different breed of cat” as you well know. As a personality type we are confident, higher than average in intelligence, tend toward dominance and are almost never wrong about...

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  • New Science: “Overlearning” Locks In Skills!

    New Science: “Overlearning” Locks In Skills!

    How many times have you accomplished a new level with your pilot-in-training and heard “got it” on first completion – as if you could immediately lock it up and move on? (Don’t do it; it’s not...

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  • “Flight Service” (Back and Better!)

    “Flight Service” (Back and Better!)

    Leidos operates what used to be the FAA Flight Service and the web browser interface for weather is quite good. When you log in with your customized preferences (http://1800wxbrief.com) your own...

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  • “CFI Seasoning” Beyond the Academy!

    “CFI Seasoning” Beyond the Academy!

    A truly professional aviation educator should be progressively getting out of the training aircraft one step at a time from flight lesson #1. To be successful as educators, every CFI must...

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  • Teaching Accurate Rudder Usage!

    Teaching Accurate Rudder Usage!

    Misuse of the rudder while flying – usually too little or none at all – is a sure sign that some aviation educator failed their student during initial training. This sloppy “flat foot flying” or...

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  • Opportunity To Grow: SAFE CFI-PRO™!

    Opportunity To Grow: SAFE CFI-PRO™!

    Just a short blog this week, no brain strain or technical discussions. I just want to announce that SAFE has opened up registration for our SAFE CFI-PRO™ workshop in Frederick, MD. This event will...

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  • The Secret of Pattern Safety!

    The Secret of Pattern Safety!

    We all know a majority of accidents occur in the traffic pattern; especially during descent and runway line-up. But the burning question is “why?” Basically, we fear the wrong things. Most pilots...

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  • Start With Basic Honesty!

    Start With Basic Honesty!

    As a flight instructor have you been guilty of telling eager beginners that “learning to fly is easy”? Do you personally really believe that often used phrase? If you think back to *your* initial...

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  • New Tech: Accurate Fuel, Envelope Protection…

    New Tech: Accurate Fuel, Envelope Protection…

    The number one reason aircraft end up in the weeds is still lack of fuel to the engine(s); starvation or exhaustion. The gauges on small planes have always been unreliable and estimates are...

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  • “Artful” Control Usage; Pattern Precision

    “Artful” Control Usage; Pattern Precision

    Rudder use in climbing turns is critical to safety in the pattern!

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  • Teaching Landings More Effectively!

    Teaching Landings More Effectively!

    I recently spent a beautiful evening watching students in the pattern challenging their young instructors and abusing their aircraft. Almost every approach was clearly defective long before...

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  • 3-5 Hours In; “Half Solo!”

    3-5 Hours In; “Half Solo!”

    The greatest gift an educator can provide after presenting the basics is creating a safe place for the learner to independently make and correct small errors; “flub it up and fix it.” This is the...

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  • Teaching “Invisible Angle Of Attack”

    Teaching “Invisible Angle Of Attack”

    Angle of attack (AOA) is the most misunderstood concept in aviation – just raise the topic casually in a hangar flying session to sample the confusion. Our previous two blogs on tail-down force...

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  • Basic Physics of Flight Control!

    Basic Physics of Flight Control!

    Basic center of gravity is critical to aircraft  control but this is another important concept  most pilots (and some CFIs) don’t solidly understand. And confusion about stability and basic flight...

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  • Is “Cross-Controlled” Dangerous?

    Is “Cross-Controlled” Dangerous?

    We discussed the turning stall in the last SAFEblog and revealed the (often surprising) fact that in coordinated flight, with lift equal on both wings, a stall simply falls away from the lift...

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  • Surprising Airplane Control Facts!

    Surprising Airplane Control Facts!

    Presenting seminars at public events like Sun ‘N Fun is a fascinating opportunity to both meet people and also sample the aerodynamic understanding of our pilot (and CFI) population. Having been a...

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  • Calibrating Confidence

    Calibrating Confidence

    More than 100 people die every day on the US roads in their automobiles.  An active co-conspirator in this carnage is the fact that 90% of drivers believe they are “better than average.” As a...

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  • IFR into “Non-Controlled” Airspace!

    IFR into “Non-Controlled” Airspace!

    Once upon a time, long ago, only an ILS got you to the ground in seriously crappy weather and the FAA protected that arrival from local “VFR” traffic with a 700agl echo transition airspace (and...

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