Pilot Groups

Pilot Groups

You’ve probably noticed that once you’re involved in an activity you soon discover there are thousands of others enjoying it, too. Whether you’re collecting coins, climbing mountains, learning a new language, or discovering the latest form of self-abuse, you soon find other crazy folks who’ve been doing it for years. Flying is no different. There…

Other Aircraft Categories

Other Aircraft Categories

Your initial private-pilot certificate permits you to fly an ASEL (airplane, single-engine, land), only. To expand your certification into flying other categories of aircraft, all you have to do is receive the appropriate training, fly with an instructor to verify your proficiency, and receive your instructor’s endorsement on your pilot certificate. No new knowledge test…

Flying Options

Flying Options

Have you ever wanted to find a good excuse, er, reason to fly your airplane? Then this category is for you. It is a continually updated resource for places to fly for a meal, a day-long or weekend event, a fly-in or something bigger. Just click on the menu above for the type of flying event…

Desk Pilot

Desk Pilot

When I first began writing about private aviation more than 30 years ago personal computers (PCs) hadn’t really hit the consumer market. Within 10 years there was not only a proliferation of PCs, but also many software programs to help you pretend to fly. They helped you hone your skills—especially if you bought a joystick or…

Instrument Rating

Instrument Rating

Many private pilots want to be able to fly under instrument flight rules (IFR), especially in places where the weather isn’t always that great. With an instrument rating you can fly anytime and anywhere the big commercial jets can. Let’s take a closer look at the instrument rating for your private or higher certificate. The…