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Taking on Startle – One Flight at a Time!

In my first 13 years of flying, I faced little more than a dead battery. This past winter, however, I faced varied emergencies in multiple airplanes. The two that hold…

Posted on September 10, 2019
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Most Valued Insurance Policy Ever!

The discussion of pilots’ over reliance on automation is in the forefront of most aviation accident investigations. With more than 19,000 hours as a pilot and over 11,000 as a…

Posted on May 8, 2019
Small plane banking right during the day

Startle Who? Startle You!

After flying with hundreds of students as a flight instructor in the U.S. Navy then as a flight instructor in the GA realm, I can attest to the magnitude of…

Posted on December 5, 2018
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Taking on Spins & Stalls – A Brief History

More than 100 years ago, as the Wright brothers experimented with different aircraft designs, they recognized that control of a flying aircraft would be the most crucial and hardest problem…

Posted on July 6, 2018
Two pilots ascending into the sky

Defeating Startle—Training You Cannot Afford to Live Without

Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) is becoming ever more widely recognized as a necessity in combating the grim statistics associated with Loss of Control Inflight (LOC-I). The International Civil…

Posted on January 5, 2018
Wing of plane during a barrel roll

Angle of Attack (AoA) Management

It’s hard to manage Angle of Attack (AoA) if the dynamic information isn’t directly available to the pilot. This is why most military and high-end commercial aircraft have incorporated AoA…

Posted on October 6, 2017
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What is the Real Cost of Realism in Training?

The ongoing debate over the merits of training on-aircraft or in a flight simulator continues. Flight simulation has reached extraordinary levels of fidelity, and the typical costs and risks of…

Posted on September 7, 2017
Commercial plane flying in clouds

Why Angle of Attack (AoA)?

Aviation authorities around the world, including our own FAA, have made conquering Loss of Control Inflight (LOC-I) a top priority. In order to take on the #1 cause of fatalities…

Posted on July 11, 2017
Small plane banking left in the sky

UPRT Skills Transferability: Effectively Addressing the #1 Killer in Aviation Today

Why would I train in an aerobatic airplane when I normally fly a corporate jet? Or a twin turboprop? These are common questions to which Upset Prevention and Recovery Training…

Posted on June 12, 2017