Happy New Year! In this special episode, I share with you the story of my first FAA checkride for my private pilot certificate. In many ways, the days leading up to the checkride were very stressful and nearly caused me to cancel my date with my DPE.
Listen now to hear all about my check ride adventure, and hopefully you can learn from some of my mistakes!
Just a quick recommendation for a wonderful new YouTube Channel – Flight Review. My man David Allen does a truly exceptional job of turning his Private Pilot lessons into a fascinating documentary.
The production values in Flight Review are highly polished, and David himself is a compelling narrator. While my podcast focuses on explaining the concepts you need to know to become a Private Pilot, Flight Review shows you what it is actually like to take lessons.
Flight Review is one of the best made YouTube channels I’ve ever subscribed to. Check out David’s first lesson now – and if you enjoy the show, please like and subscribe!
Making a diversion is an essential skills test on the Private Pilot checkride. Be super prepared for yours, with this useful diversion calculator you can print out and take with you on your checkride. it is yours for free – read on to download (no registration required). Continue reading “Diversion calculator”
In Episode 6, I explain the six main flight instruments that make up the classic ‘six pack’. I explain what each instrument shows you. I go into the basics of how each instrument works, and the inherent limitations of the instruments that every student pilot should know. Continue reading “Episode 6 – Steam Gauges (aka The Six Pack)”
In Episode 5, we explore the standard airport traffic pattern, why we use it, and how to fly it. As you’ll be flying close to other aircraft, competing for airspace, it is essential to learn how to fly the pattern accurately and safely. Continue reading “Episode 5 – The Airport Traffic Pattern”
Looking for an E6B to start your pilot training with? This low cost model will do everything you want, and will easily survive long enough for you to get your ticket, no batteries required. Read my review. Continue reading “Review: ASA E6B Flight Computer”
All pilots should be very familiar with the meaning of AIRMET and SIGMET – they both represent warnings of conditions which could threaten the safety of flight. Find out what they mean and why it is important to understand them in this quick introductory guide.
The Minimum Equipment List, or MEL, is often a confusing concept for student pilots. As well as having a misleading name, many student pilots do not encounter the MEL in real life as more often than not trainer aircraft do not have them. However, understanding the MEL and how it features in the regulations is essential learning for those working towards their pilot certificate.