What if There’s a Problem? (Flight Planning Gone Awry)

What if There’s a Problem? (Flight Planning Gone Awry)

Sometimes nothing seems to go as planned. Even after you’ve spent time planning a flight, something like the weather or another factor can change your plans. That’s okay. In fact, that can be part of the fun of flying: learning how to quickly and accurately change your plans and still enjoy the flight. Because you…

Calculating Costs

Calculating Costs

What options do you have? One of the advantages of the new light-sport aircraft rulings is that it limits your options. If you eventually want more options you can step up to higher-performance aircraft and a private-pilot certificate. But in order to fly under your sport-pilot certificate you must fly a plane that qualifies for…

Flight Controls

Flight Controls

Most of the fun in flying comes from maneuvering the aircraft. And for that, we are going to need something vital. Flight controls! Without flight controls, we’d have a pretty boring flight! You might be surprised to learn that there are only 4 primary flight controls. I will tell you all about them, how they…

Starting and Taxiing Your Aircraft

Starting and Taxiing Your Aircraft

How to start and taxi your sport plane depends somewhat on the model. However, most general aircraft have similar starting procedures that we cover here. Your plane’s operating handbook and your instructor will offer variations, but the following should get you started. Starting an aircraft, especially a simple aircraft, is easy. It’s a little more…