Flight Training

A BIG deal for new pilots

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Sawyer Aviation makes the dream of learning to fly a reality for only $199/month with the recent addition of the light-sport category – Cessna Skycatcher C162 N5204R – priced at only $99/hr*. The Cessna Skycatcher, or “162,” is one of the latest piston aircraft from the Cessna Aircraft company. The 162 is able to be used for the FAA’s new Sport-Pilot license. The Sport Pilot license allows Read more


What is the history of your airport code?

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Ignite Phoenix introduces Kevin Maxwell who enlightens us with the history behind airport codes that some pilots may not even know!


At what altitude did the worst air disaster in history ever occur?

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It happened on the ground.

Runway incursions and taxiway safety may not sound like much, but are in fact very important for avoiding accidents. Live Science explains the exciting new solution that NASA is developing for the commercial aviation industry.

Source: NASA Langley Research Center

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The legal danger of pointing a laser at an aircraft

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This is an excellent article from the FBI.


“Justin Stouder was aiming a laser pointer at a distant tower from his suburban St. Louis yard one April evening in 2010 when a police helicopter appeared in his line of sight more than a mile away.

At the time, the 24-year-old had no idea that his decision to point the laser at the helicopter was a federal felony—or that the beam of light might have serious consequences for the pilot and his crew.

“It’s equivalent to a flash of a camera if you were in a pitch black car at night,” said St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer Doug Reinholz, the pilot on patrol that night when Stouder’s green hand-held laser “painted” his cockpit. “It’s a temporary blinding to the pilot,” he said during a recent news conference highlighting the danger of lasers directed at airplanes and helicopters.

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Autumn is the perfect time to fly, for birds and pilots!

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The hot weather is finally ending in our desert oasis, ushering in the start of Autumn of our peak flying season. Fall flying is smooth as it is the end of the summer monsoons, but before storms brought about by winter cold fronts begin. As more pilots begin flying regularly, they are joined by their winged brethren. Migration season is kicking off with many birds beginning to flying south for the winter. Read more


What is the longest over-water route of flight with no alternates?

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Few realize that San Francisco/Monterrey, CA are closer to Hawaii than Los Angeles or San Diego because of the curvature of the earth. The longest over water route in the world is the stretch between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii. Even between Hawaii and Tokyo there are alternate airports available, such as Midway Island (hence the name “Midway”). Read more


FAA to Increase Co-Pilot Training

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Interesting article from the Wall Street Journal by Andy Pasztor.

“The Federal Aviation Administration is about to propose a minimum experience requirement for airline co-pilots that is substantially higher than current mandates but considerably below the level sought by Congress, according to industry officials and others familiar with the details.

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Man Catches Burglar from Introductory Flight

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Amazing story from AP, thanks for the Introductory Flight tip!

BAY, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man who wanted to capture aerial photos of his home during his first plane ride instead helped catch two men burglarizing it.

Steven Lynn said he could see the two taking items from his house.

“I looked down, and sure enough, there was a truck hooked onto a trailer, and guys were loading stuff up,” Lynn told The Jonesboro Sun. “It didn’t seem to faze them that we were buzzing over in an airplane; we got down pretty low.” Read more


iFlite 3 App

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Terrific article from Cessna

Apple iPad – iFlite 3 Updates Ready for Single-Engines
Cessna iFlite 3 For The Apple iPad Is Available For All Cessna Single-Engine AircraftImprovements over the first iFlite, introduced less than a year ago, include:

  • Pinch-to-Zoom, Moving Map Sectionals
  • Sectionals and IFR Low/High Enroute Terrain Charts
  • Inflight Weather (ADS-B) with No Monthly Subscription
  • Route Rubber Banding
  • TFRs on the Moving Map

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Demand for Airline Pilots Set to Soar

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Terrific article by Charisse Jone from USA Today.

For as long as he can remember, Costas Sivyllis has dreamed of becoming a pilot.

“There was no specific moment,” says Sivyllis, 20, a junior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. “I’ve grown up my whole life knowing this was it.”

Sivyllis hardly could have picked a better time to enter his chosen profession, and he knows it. “I’m very excited about the future … because we’ve never really seen anything like this,” he says. Read more