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Aviation Education: Topics and discussion

  • 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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  • SAFE CFI-PRO™ Released @ SnF!

    SAFE CFI-PRO™ Released @ SnF!

    Our SAFE CFI-PRO™ initiative was well received by the press and industry on April 3rd at Sun ‘N Fun and we had an  amazing show here in Florida. See all the industry visitors to our booth on our...

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  • Visit SAFE @ Sun ‘N Fun C 53-55

    Visit SAFE @ Sun ‘N Fun C 53-55

    It’s beautiful here in Florida as we count down the days to Sun ‘N Fun 2019 (2K overcast and 1 celcius back home…). The SAFE show booth this year (C building 53-55) will be a triple with the full...

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  • “Mind the (CFI) Gap!” Go “Good to GREAT!”

    “Mind the (CFI) Gap!” Go “Good to GREAT!”

    FAA pilot certification is a carefully monitored pass/fail process, but surprisingly, only minimal performance is required to earn a pilot certificate or rating.  The PTS/ACS standards only ensure...

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  • SAFE CFI-PRO™: Scenarios, Maneuvers, or Both?

    SAFE CFI-PRO™: Scenarios, Maneuvers, or Both?

    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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  • SAFE CFI-PRO™; Good to Great!

    SAFE CFI-PRO™; Good to Great!

    At the heart of flight safety is the aviation educator. Our cadre of professional instructors interact and wrestle with flight training and proficiency on a daily basis – we are on the front lines...

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  • Spread Your Wings!

    Spread Your Wings!

    As pilots, we have an amazing diversity of “flying machines” available to us.  Unfortunately, most of us never take the time and money necessary to explore these unique experiences. In other...

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  • Situational Awareness:  3 Keys to Safety!

    Situational Awareness: 3 Keys to Safety!

    Situational awareness (SA) requires the accurate gathering of data (despite physical and mental obstacles) then filtering and making sense of this buzzing cacophony and finally projecting this all...

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  • Flight Simulation; Turbo-Learning!

    Flight Simulation; Turbo-Learning!

    The first effective flight simulator was developed by Edwin Link in Upstate NY in 1927. Prior to this creative device, it was also thought that piloting required inborn skills that training could...

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  • CFI Cover Your Ass(ets)!

    CFI Cover Your Ass(ets)!

    Consider the facts: in aviation we teach in a high-risk environment (compared to golf?) and as educators, we often guide high-value clients. When you add the two of these together the result is an...

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