Aviation & Aerospace Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Why Don't We Have Flying Cars Yet?
Why don't we all have flying cars yet? It's complicated, but here are a few reasons the flying car market is having a rough time getting started.

Willa Brown (1906-1992)
Willa Brown was the first female African American to obtain a pilot certificate in the United States.

The Tuskegee Airmen (1940-1952)
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black pilots to enter the military, and the first to fight in World War II.

Bessie Coleman (1892–1926)
The first black woman to hold an international pilot’s license, Bessie Coleman was a pioneer for both African Americans and women in aviation.

Eugene Bullard (1895-1961)
Eugene Bullard was the first African-American military pilot, and one of only two black combat pilots who flew in World War I.

Cornelius Coffey (1903-1994)
Cornelius Coffey was the first African American to establish an aviation school in the United States.

Grover Nash (1911-1970)
The first black pilot to fly the U.S. Mail, Grover Nash earned his pilot’s license in 1938.

Benjamin O. Davis (1912-2002)
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. was the first African American general in the United States Air Force and the commander of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Major Robert Lawrence (1935-1967)
By age 32, Major Robert Lawrence had completed test pilot school and was selected to be an astronaut, making him the first African American astronaut.

Dr. Mae Jemison (1956-)
In 1992, aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor, Dr. Mae Jemison became the first African American female to travel to space.

6 Eco-Friendly Airports
Six major airports have stepped up their efforts to keep the negative environmental impacts of airport operations to a minimum. Here's how they do it.

Nautical Miles vs Statute Miles
In the aviation world, the standard measurement for distance is the nautical mile. Here's how it's different from the statue mile.

FAA Final Rule: Pilot Duty and Rest Requirements
In 2011, the FAA established a final rule for pilot duty and rest requirements in an effort to combat fatigue in aircrews. Here's what you need to know.

Inside the Aircraft Accident Investigation Process
Air travel today remains safe, thanks in part to accident investigation. Findings from investigators pave the way for changes to be made in aviation.

The Beginning of Airborne Wifi: Broadband Takes Flight
Airlines and private jet operators are scrambling to add airborne wifi, while manufacturers and installers are also looking to cash in on the demand.

Bombardier Launches New Ultra-Long-Range Jets
Bombardier launched two additions to its family of ultra long-range jets at NBAA 2010. The new Global 7000 and 8000 will offer the largest cabins and longest range of any business jet currenttly on the market.

National Airspace System Technology and Centers
The National Airspace System has proven to be a reliable system. In fact, the United States has the safest skies in the world with respect to air transportation. The NAS involves more than just the control tower at your local airport, though.

Scoot: A Profile of Asia's Newest Low-Cost Airline
Following in the footsteps of flailing Air Asia X, the newest Asian low cost carrier to emerge is Scoot, flying under parent company Singapore Airlines.

How to Become an Aircraft Mechanic
Aircraft maintenance technicians are responsible for performing repair, preventative and routine maintenance on all kinds of aircraft and helicopters.

Requirements for Becoming an Airline Pilot
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be an airline pilot? Learning to fly an airplane isn't all that hard, but it takes a lot of time and money.

FAQ: Medical Certificates for Pilots
In order for most people to fly an airplane in the United States, the FAA requires a pilot to obtain a medical certificate from an FAA medical examiner.

Common Questions about the Sport Pilot Certificate
The sport pilot certificate was developed by the FAA in 2007 in order to make flying more affordable and available to people. Learn more.

The Pilot Fatigue Problem
Airline pilots, as well as cargo, corporate and charter pilots all face pilot fatigue. It poses a very troubling threat to flight safety.

Farnborough International Air Show
Held in England every two years, the Farnborough Airshow is a massive aviation expo. As airshows go, it's one of the finest.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner - Wingspan and Info
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is known as one of the world's most successful aircraft. It's fuel efficient & clean. Learn about the 787 wingspan and more.

Aircraft Maximum Gross Takeoff Weight (MGTOW)
Due to structural limitations, an aircraft is restricted to a certain weight at different phases of flight. Here's why maximum takeoff weight is important.

Perceptions, Reality, and Confirmation Bias
Ultimately, the fate of Korean Air Flight 801 rests on the fact that for the pilots, perception did not match reality, and everybody failed to recognized it. Page 2.

Perceptions, Reality, and Confirmation Bias in Pilots: Korean Air 801
What we perceive is not the same as reality. The crash of Korean Air Flight 801is a cautionary tale of what happens when our brain misinterprets perception for reality.

How to De-Ice A Small Aircraft
Winter can be a great time for flying, but frost or ice on your airplane can delay or ground you if you're not prepared. Here are a few ways to de-ice your small airplane.

New Quadcopter? FAA Mandates Aircraft Registration for UAS
Beginning December 2015, the FAA requires all unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) like drones and quadcopters to be registered in its aircraft database.

The High Sierra Fly-In: A Playground on the Playa
The High Sierra Fly In 2015: Spectacular flying, starry nights and incredible memories.

Can Pilots Have Successful Relationships?
Airline pilots are faced with a myriad of challenges when it comes to maintaining a healthy marriage. Here's a snapshot of what pilots go through during a day's work.

The Center of Gravity of an Airplane
The center of gravity of an airplane is the average location of the weight of an object. Here's why it's important to pilots.

A Hidden Danger: Hypoxia in Pilots
A pilot might not realize that he is hypoxic soon enough to react, making hypoxia an especially hazardous problem for single-pilot operations.

What's a Flaperon?
A flaperon is a combination of a flap and an aileron. But what does that mean, exactly?

8 Types Flight Students That Drive Instructors Crazy
8 types of flight students that drive flight instructors crazy.

MH370 Found? Plane Debris Discovered Likely from Missing 777
Plane debris found in the western Indian Ocean could be linked to MH370, a Boeing 777 that went missing in 2014.

Basic Flight Instruments: The Airspeed Indicator
The airspeed indicator is part of the pitot-static system, a differential pressure system that measures both dynamic air pressure from the pitot tube and static pressure from a static port.

Flight Instruments: The Vertical Speed Indicator (VSI)
The vertical speed indicator is a basic flight instrument that gives pilots essential information about climb and descent.

Company Profile: Fly With Amelia Foundation
The Fly With Amelia Foundation is a nonprofit organization for students created by Amelia Rose Earhart, a pilot who shares the love of flight.

The Mid-Air Collision That Transformed Our National Airspace System
On June 30, 1956, United Airlines Flight 718 and TWA Flight 2 collided over the Grand Canyon. There were no survivors.

The Mid-Air Collision That Transformed the U.S. Airspace System
The Grand Canyon mid-air collision was an unthinkable tragedy that took the aviation world by surprise. Page 2.

Wake Turbulence: An Invisible Hazard
An invisible hazard known as wake turbulence that will quickly cause a normal airplane to become uncontrollable, and even break into pieces, during flight.

Wake Turbulence: And Invisible Hazard
Wake turbulence accidents and incidents are mostly preventable, but it's up to pilots to be aware of it to ensure proper separation. Page 2.

8 Misconceptions About Women and Sexism in Aviation
There are many misconceptions out there about the challenges (or lack thereof) surrounding women in aviation. Here are a few of them.

Sexism in Aviation
There are a lot of people that believe that the industry needs more women. But why? What benefit do women bring to the aviation environment that men don’t or can’t bring? Page 2.

22 Airline Quotes From Airline CEOs
22 great airline quotes from the world's most famous airline CEOs, including wise words from leaders at Ryanair, Pan Am and American Airlines.

Reported Safety Concerns Stop Flights to Thailand
Amid reports of safety concerns from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), certain countries have halted plans for future flights into Thailand.

Brief Your Passengers, Even if They're Pilots
A thorough passenger brief will set the tone for professionalism at the beginning of the flight, and although you might be tempted to forego it, think twice.

The Difference Between Heavy and Large Aircrafts
Here's what air traffic controllers and pilots really mean when they use the terms heavy or large when describing an aircraft.

Pilots Marrying Pilots: How Three Flying Families are Making it Work
Three women pilots and their pilot husbands tell how they manage family life.

Pilots Marrying Pilots: How Three Flying Families are Making it Work
Three women pilots and their pilot husbands tell how they manage family life. Page 2.

Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Model 10 Electra Profile
Amelia Earhart flew a modified Lockheed Model 10 Electra on her attempted around-the-world flight in 1937. Here's why it was such a great airplane.

Aviation Medical Exams: Can You Fly After A DUI?
A commonly asked question when it comes to aviation medical exams is whether an applicant will pass the exam successfully with a previous DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated). This is a very difficult question to answer.

How Pilots Use Air Navigation to Fly
The system that a pilot uses for air navigation depends on the type of flight, which systems are installed, and which are available in a certain area.

VOR Navigation System
The Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range (VOR) system is a type of air navigation system. Though older than GPS, VORs are very commonly used and have been a very reliable source of navigation information since the 1960s

Practical Use of ADF/NDB Navigation System
The ADF/NDB system, consisting of the non directional beacon, is one of the oldest and simplest air navigation systems still in use.

Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS)
The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) is a valuable tool for pilots today. Currently, it's the most precise navigational service available in North America.

NORAD Tracks Santa (NTS) Program
For over 50 years, NORAD has been the primary Santa Clause Tracker. But how did NORAD end up with this responsibility? And how, exactly, do they do it?

Airport Emergency Plans (AEPs)
Ever wonder how airport emergency operations work? What exactly happens in the moments after a plane crash? Here's how airports handle emergencies.

Airport Emergency Plans
An AEP is always being revised. One of the things that helps managers and coordinators to develop the best possible plan is to practice the plan over and over again, exhausting different scenarios and utilizing all available resources to make sure all parties know their role in the event that an emergency occurs. Page 2.

How to Become an Aircraft Dispatcher
Aircraft dispatchers work for airlines and other scheduled carriers to ensure the safety of flight. They work to maintain safe, efficient operations.

Flight School: Pros and Cons of Aviation Universities
Want to learn to fly and get a degree at the same time? Find out if an aviation degree is right by considering the pros & cons of universities.

Flight School: Pros and Cons of Aviation Universities
Aviation universities are the obvious choice when it comes to learning to fly and obtaining a degree at the same time. But there are downsides, too. Page 2.

The Aviation Medical Exam: What to Expect
For most people, the aviation medical exam will be a piece of cake. For others, it can be frustrating to wait for the waiver process to be completed. But most of the time, the FAA will let you keep flying in the end.

Aircraft Weight and Balance Definitions
A review of some of the definitions and explanations of the most common aircraft weight and balance terms, including standard weights of fluids.

Aircraft Navigation Terms and Definitions
Aircraft navigation terms can be confusing. Here's a brief rundown of a few common navigation terms that you should know about.

Aircraft Flight Instruments: The Basic Six-Pack
In aviation, there are six traditional flight instruments that a pilot uses when flying a small aircraft, commonly referred to as a

Aircraft Structure and Components
The basic structure and components of an airplane are explained, including the fuselage, wings, horizontal stabilizer and powerplant, along with structure materials and frame design.

Composite Materials in Aircraft Structure
Common composite materials - fiberglass, carbon fiber and fiber-reinforced matrix systems - are commonly used in aviation. What are the advantages?

The ABCs of Emergency Landings in Small Aircraft
Safety is utmost for a pilot. One of the tricks for performing flawless emergency landings in small aircraft is as simple as remembering your

Airsickness - Causes, Prevention, Treatment
Feeling queasy? Airsickness, a specific type of motion sickness, happens to many pilots and passengers. Here's what to do - and what not to do.

Extended Twin Operations Explained
ETOPS describes a type of operation in which air carriers are allowed to fly an extended range over places where landing areas are sparse.

Flight Training: How to Choose a Flight School
Choosing a flight school isn't an especially difficult task, but it's a decision worth putting some thought into. Here are a few things to consider.

Boeing Pilot Training Ab Initio Program
In response to the pilot shortage, Boeing announced the beginning of its new ab initio flight training program. Learn about Boeing pilot training.

How to Plan a VFR Cross Country Flight at Night
Planning a night cross-country flight? There are a few things about night flying that you should consider when planning a night cross-country flight.

Pilot Planning Tips for Night Flying
While there's nothing inherently dangerous about flying at night, proper planning will ensure that there are no surprises.

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Photo Gallery: High Sierra Fly-In 2015
The High Sierra Fly-In is held each October at a dusty, dried-up lakebed in northern Nevada. It's a fly-in like no other, and these pictures don't do it justice.

Photo Gallery: High Sierra Fly-In 2015
The High Sierra Fly-In is held each October at a dusty, dried-up lakebed in northern Nevada. It's a fly-in like no other, and these pictures don't do it justice.

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Photo Gallery: High Sierra Fly-In 2015
The High Sierra Fly-In is held each October at a dusty, dried-up lakebed in northern Nevada. It's a fly-in like no other, and these pictures don't do it justice.

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Ricky Nelson Plane Crash
Ricky Nelson, his fiancee and five other passengers were on board a DC-3 that crashed in De Kalb after a cabin fire in 1985. The pilot and copilot survived.

John Denver Plane Crash
John Denver was piloting an amateur-built Adrian Davis Long-EZ when he lost control of the airplane over Monterey Bay.

Patsy Cline Plane Crash
Patsy Cline died at just 30 years old after the Piper Comanche she was flying in crashed in Tennessee.

Reba McEntire's Band Plane Crash
In 1991, eight members of country music star Reba McEntire's band died when their airplane crashed into the side of a mountain in southern California.

Glenn Miller Plane Crash
An aircraft carrying Glenn Miller to a concert in France in 1944 disappeared somewhere over the English Channel. What happened to Miller's airplane?

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How Much Does a Boeing Business Jet Cost?
The price of a Boeing Business Jet ranges from a mere $30 million for a used one to $500 million for a new 747 Intercontinental version. No big deal, right?

The Price of Airplanes and BBJ Cost
The price of an airplane is often hard to pinpoint because no aircraft is the same. Compare BBJ cost to Cessna 172 or the Gulfstream G650.

How Much Does a Cessna 172 Cost?
The price of a Cessna 172, known as the world's most popular training aircraft, comes in a wide variety of price tags.

How Much Does a Beechcraft Baron Cost?
The cost of a Beechcraft Baron 58, a well-known light twin engine aircraft, can range from $200,000 to $1.5 million.

How Much Does a Pilatus PC-12 Cost?
The Pilatus PC-12, a new-to-market single engine turboprop, is also fairly inexpensive, ranging from $2-4 million.

How Much Does an Eclipse 550 Cost?
The price of the Eclipse 550, a very light jet made for single pilot operations, is about $3 million.

How Much Does a Learjet 45 or Learjet 75 Cost?
The Lear 45 and it's newly updated counterpart, the Lear 75, range in price from $2 million for the Lear 45 to over $13 million for the Lear 75.

How Much Does the Embraer Legacy 650 Cost?
For almost $30 million, you could have a 13-passenger luxury jet like the Embraer Legacy 650, which would fly you over 4,000 miles without stopping.

How Much Does a G650 Cost?
The Gulfstream G650 is one of the fastest and the largest business jet available today. It costs how much?

Personalized Antique Brass Compass
A compass is always a classy item to have, and this antique brass compass from Giftboxtr is seriously charming.

How Much Does a Piper Cub Cost?
The Piper Cub is a simple, classic trainer aircraft built during World War II and a popular option for today's sport pilots.

Aviation Typography Print
These unique aviation typography prints from Karen K. at AddisonandLake are a great way to display a favorite airport journey or commemorate a special trip.

Airport Road Sign
Every man cave needs a few signs, and this airport road sign from MrsRShop on Etsy is obviously fitting for any aviation guy.

Vintage Airport Tee
This is one avgeek t-shirt that you won't be embarrassed to wear.The Vintage Airport Tee from Smash Transit is actually cool.

VFR Sectional Tray
Niklas Lyback, owner of Trays4Us, creates serving trays out of VFR sectional charts.

Canvas-Wrapped Aircraft Print
For a truly unique aviation art piece, check out Tif Sheppard's canvas-wrapped military aircraft prints

7 Unique Aviation Gifts from Etsy.com
Looking for something unique for the pilot in your life? These fantastic aviation-themed gift ideas from Etsy.com would be perfect gifts for the pilots or aviation enthusiast!

Top 4 Aviation Universities
Choosing an aviation university can be difficult. Compare these four aviation universities, known for being the best aviation universities in the United States.

Ways Pilots Can Build Flight Time
Time-building ideas for low-time professional pilots looking to gain hours and experience. This list will help you build up the skills you need.

The Reasons Why You Shouldn't Become a Pilot
If you're interested in flying, you've asked: Should I become a pilot? Here are 7 reasons why you should think twice about an aviation career.

FAA Passenger Safety Briefing: How to Brief Like a Pro
If you really want to give a professional and adequate passenger safety briefing, these are the items you should include.

Pilot Risk Management: The I'M SAFE Checklist
Pilots love checklists! Here's the I AM SAFE aviation checklist -- a self-assessment checklist for managing personal risk before every flight.

6 Ways to Celebrate National Aviation Day
National Aviation Day is celebrated on August 19th each year, a day that also happens to be Orville Wright's birthday. Here are six ways to celebrate!

Cifi Lesson Plans and Flight Instructor Essentials
Flight instructing can be a challenging job. Arm yourself with the right instructional tools and resources, cifi lesson plans, and you'll succeed.

Buying an Airplane: Steps to Aircraft Ownership
Aircraft ownership might seem like a dream for the average pilot, but those who have gone through it know that buying an airplane can be a real nightmare!

Cross Country Flight Planning
Cross-country flight planning can seem like a daunting task. Here's a step-by-step process from choosing a route to weather tracking and flight plans.

7 FAA NextGen Programs to Watch For
How much do you really know about the NextGen programs? If you haven't studied up on it yet, now is the time. NextGen, the FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System, is being implemented whether you're ready or not. Here are seven NextGen transformational Programs you need to know:

Overview of FIS-B and How it Works
FIS-B is short for Flight Information System-Broadcast. FIS-B is a data broadcasting service that works with ADS-B.

Learjet 70 and 75 - Review of New Features
Learjet announced its two new light business jets, the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75. The light business aircraft is priced between $11-13 million.

Types of Altitudes in Aviation
When it comes to flying airplanes, there are numerous types of altitudes to consider. Here's why there are so many, and what they all really mean.

VMC and IMC - Definitions and Explaination
VMC and IMC are aviation terms used to describe meteorological conditions during flight. Here's how they're different from VFR and IFR.

TAA or Technologically Advanced Aircraft
Technologically Advanced Aircraft (TAA) are light aircraft equipped with advanced equipment including moving map displays, GPS, and autopilot systems. ​

Ferry Pilot Jobs and Other Ways to Get Flight Time
11 more time-building options for low time pilots who want to gain flight hours and experience. Learn more about ferry pilot jobs and flight clubs.

5 Totally Free Ways to Build Flight Hours
Building flight hours is an essential part of becoming a professional pilot. Here's how to build flight hours without spending another dime.

5 Skills Pilots Have
Pilots develop important skills during flight training that are useful in many other aspects of life. Here are five of them.

How to Choose an Emergency Landing Spot in an Airplane
They say it’s not “if” but “when” you’ll have to land an airplane somewhere other than the airport. Are you ready for an emergency landing in an airplane?

A Pilot Certificate Can Help You Land a Non-Flying Career
Wondering what else you can do with a pilot certificate? Here's a list of non-flying careers that will capitalize on your flying experience.

Student Pilot Solo Requirements
Are you old enough to solo an airplane? Student pilots who want to fly an aircraft solo must be at least 16 years old, and must meet a few other requirements, as well.

What is a Tailwheel Aircraft?
An aircraft with a tailwheel can be more challenging to fly. Here's a look at the advantages and disadvantages of flying taildraggers.

Aircraft Birdstrikes: A Growing Hazard
Although bird strikes remain fairly low-risk, they are an increasing hazard that the FAA and other industry groups are working hard to mitigate.

Why EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the Best Aviation Event in the World
Thirteen reasons why EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the best air show and aviation event in the world.

Bird Strike During Flight? Here Are a Few Things to Consider
As the pilot of an aircraft and you think you've encountered a bird strike during flight, would you know what to do?

The General Aviation Traffic Pattern
When there's no control tower, how do airplanes maneuver to and from airports without crashing into each other? There's a procedure for that!

What Pilots Can Learn from the Crash that Killed Reba McEntire's Band
A charter airplane carrying Reba McEntire's band crashed into the side of a mountain, serving as a cautionary tale for pilots.

14 Facts About Aircraft Bird Strikes
14 interesting facts about aircraft bird strikes.

What to do With a Wind Shear Alert When You're Flying
Wind shear is a serious problem for aircraft, causing severe updraft, downdrafts, and airspeed changes in a very short period of time. Here's what to do if wind shear is reported or forecasted.

Instrument Departure Procedures
Departure procedures are instrument flight procedures that are created to manage traffic departing busy airports while ensuring proper obstacle clearance for aircraft.

Not the Airline Pilot Type? Here are Four Other Cool Pilot Jobs
Want to fly, but don't want to fly with the airlines? Here are a few other flying jobs you might find interesting.

Mistakes Every New Private Pilot Should Avoid
So you’ve earned your private pilot certificate and you're ready to get out and explore? Watch out for these common mistakes that new pilots make.

How Much Does a Private Pilot License Cost?
The cost of flight training varies widely. A private pilot license can cost between $4,000 and $15,000, depending on the location, type of airplane used, type of flight school, instructor experience, and the pace at which a student can learn.

Air Fare America Highlights General Aviation
General aviation is known for hundred-dollar hamburgers, fly-ins and airport treasures. Air Fare America is joining all three with a TV show.

The Dassault Falcon 5X
Dassault's Falcon 5X is a super mid-sized twin engine business jet that rolled out in 2015.

Dassault Rolls Out First Falcon 5X
Dassault says it is ready to roll out its newest super mid-sized business jet, the Falcon 5X, marking a significant milestone for the wide-body aircraft.

From Private Pilot to Airline Pilot, and Everything in Between
The path from private pilot to airline pilot, including what certificates and ratings are required and how low-time pilots build enough flight hours for the airlines.

Pilot Careers: Is There Life After a DUI?
While a DUI can be a disqualifying medical problem for pilots, you shouldn't panic. There is hope.

Discovery Flights and Dogwatch Flights
Here are a few common questions and the answers from people and future pilots have had about their upcoming Discovery Flight, or dogwatch flights.

What is an Aircraft Stall?
An aircraft stall is an aerodynamic condition in which an airplane exceeds its critical angle of attack and is no longer able to produce lift.

How to Minimize the Cost of a Pilot’s License
The most common question a prospective pilot asks is often “How do I keep the costs down?” Here are some tips for saving money on your private pilot license

ADS-B as a Primary Function of the NextGen Air Traffic System
When all is said and done, ADS-B is a safe, efficient addition to the nation's airspace system. But like any navigation aid or avionics system, it's only as safe as its operator.

Everything You Need to Know About Class D Airspace
Class D airspace surrounds airports that have an operating control tower, but do not have radar services (or at least are not required to.)

Confused About NOTAMs? FAA Notices to Airmen, Explained
Confused about NOTAMs? It's understandable. Here's the NOTAM about NOTAMs that you need to read.

Aircraft Rental: Wet Rate vs. Dry Rate
Renting an airplane? Know the difference between a wet rental rate and a dry rental rate, and the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

A Beginner's Guide to Plane Spotting
Plane spotting is a great way to learn about and enjoy the aviation industry and the aircraft and airlines within it. For anyone who enjoys airplanes, plane spotting makes a great hobby. Here's how to get started.

Plane Spotting Etiquette: Do's and Don'ts for Beginners
There's really no right or wrong way to spot aircraft. There are, however, a few unwritten rules... Here are a few of the do's and don'ts of the plane spotting world.

Modern-Day Amelia Earhart To Recreate Historic Flight
In the summer of 2014, Amelia Rose Earhart recreated the famous Amelia's flight around the world. Dubbed

Aircraft Rental: Hobbs Time vs. Tach Time
For pilots, there's a definite love-hate relationship with the Hobbs meter in an aircraft. And what about Tach time?

How ADS-B Works
ADS-B works by using satellite data to provide accurate aircraft information to air traffic controllers. ADS-B is part of the FAA's NextGen program, a modernization plan for the nation's air traffic system.

What is NextGen? - History and Highlights
NextGen: What is it? This FAA program was developed to modernize today's national airspace system with the help of the entire industry.

How Do I Equip My Aircraft for ADS-B?
Learn how to equip your aircraft for ADS-B according the the FAA's final rule, which requires all aircraft operating in designated airspace to be equipped with ADS-B Out capabilities.

Difference Between ADS-B Out and ADS-B In?
So far, only ADS-B Out is mandated by the FAA's Final Rule that goes into effect in 2020. But what's ADS-B In? And do you need both ADS-B In and Out?

Traffic Information System-Broadcast Explained
TIS-B is short for Traffic Information System-Broadcast. It's a traffic reporting system that uses ADS-B ground stations and radar data to transmit aircraft position data to aircraft cockpit displays. In essence, TIS-B will allow the pilots in the cockpit to see what the air traffic controller sees.

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The Airport Windsock
The windsock, a timeless fixture at every airport, offers important information to pilots. Here's how to interpret it.

What's an ILS?
An ILS is an instrument landing system used to guide pilots down to the runway during an approach.

The Sterile Cockpit Rule: What is It and Who Has to Use It?
Both Part 121 and Part 135 aircraft operators must adhere to the sterile cockpit rule, which limits non-pertinent conversation during critical phases of flight.

Unstable Approaches: What's the big Deal?
Often when an aircraft accident like Air Canada Flight 624 occurs, you hear a lot about stabilized and unstable approaches. But what does that mean?

Airport and Runway Lighting Systems Explained
If you've been to any major airport at night, you may have noticed that there are a lot of different kinds of lights. Learn what they all mean.

What is Situational Awareness?
A pilot who maintains positive situational awareness not only knows where he is geographically in space, but also knows and understands what is happening.

Fractional Ownership of a Light Aircraft: Cirrus SR22 Case Study
Fractional or shared ownership of small aircraft has become an ideal way for some people to operate an aircraft. But is renting still cheaper? Here's a look at the pros and cons.

What Are the Different Types of NOTAMs in Aviation?
A NOTAM is an abbreviation for a Notice to Airmen. NOTAMs are issued by the FAA for many different reasons, but mostly to inform pilots of changes.

Aviation Careers: Airport Management and Administration
Airport administration managers are at the center of each airport. They are the decision-makers, job creators, and policy-makers.

Buying an Airplane: Can You Afford it?
There’s a saying that if you can afford a car, you can afford an airplane. This may be true, but everyone’s financial situation is different.

Aircraft Ownership: Your Aircraft Variable Costs
Fixed and variable costs are important to determine when buying or operating an airplane. Here's a closer look at these costs.

Basic Flight Instruments: The Altimeter
The conventional aircraft altimeter works by measuring the atmospheric pressure at the airplane's flight altitude and comparing it to a preset pressure value.

Air Canada Flight 624 Crashes Short of Runway in Halifax
Air Canada Flight 624 crashed short of the runway during an approach into Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Nova Scotia, Canada.

FAA, Local Airports Ramp Up for Super Bowl 50
TFRs, drone bans, and special arrival and departure routes! What you need to know before you fly your private jet to the Super Bowl.

What is an FAA Advisory Circular?
Advisory Circulars are informational documents produced by the FAA to inform and guide institutions and individuals within the aviation industry.

Aviation Safety Action Program
The Aviation Safety Action Program is a voluntary reporting program in which airlines and other operators team up with the FAA to enhance flight safety.

LVP Approach Explained
LPV approaches and WAAS capabilities in general open up new options for pilots. With properly-equipped aircraft, operators will save time and money by using WAAS as an extremely precise navigational aid.

Global Positioning System for Pilots
The global positioning system, or GPS as it is commonly known, is a vital component to modern air navigation, and an invaluable component to the FAA's NextGen program.

Aircraft Ownership: Your Aircraft Fixed Costs
Fixed costs remain the same over a period of time. An aircraft's fixed cost are the same no matter how much the airplane flies.

What's a TFR Temporary Flight Restriction?
Temporary flight restrictions explained.

Your Guide to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
An aviation enthusiast's guide to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Learn how to get tickets, arrival options, lodging options and what to bring to the world's greatest aviation event.

What Is the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
What is Oshkosh? Pilots, mechanics, and all aviation enthusiasts typically have a fond admiration of Oshkosh, also known as EAA AirVenture.

In-Flight Wi-Fi Costs for Passengers
The price of airborne Wi-Fi varies depending on the package the customer purchases but can range from $5-$15 per day or $30-50 per month.

Amelia Earhart: The Castaway Theory
There are two main theories about Amelia Earhart's disappearance: She either ran out of fuel and over the Pacific Ocean, or she landed safely on an island and lived as a castaway.

Airplane Seat Belt and Carseat Regulations
Are you familiar with child restraint systems on aircraft? How old can a child be to ride on the lap of a passenger on a plane? Can any old car seat suffice for aviation use? What about parachute operations?

Emergency Landings at Night
Night flying is more hazardous than day flying, in part because a potential off-airport landing is more challenging to complete successfully. Here are a few tips for night flying emergencies.

Night Flying Regulations for the VFR Pilot
Here's a quick checklist to make sure you're legal to fly at night, including pilot currency, aircraft equipment and specific operations,

Don't Get Shot Down: How to Avoid a Military Intercept While Flying
You should always avoid flying through TFRs, of course, but if you do fly into one, knowing your aircraft intercept procedures can save your life!

Scholarship Guide for Pilot Training
If you're like most pilots, it's likely that you have (or will) run out of money at some point during your training. But don't give up!

Aviation Medical Exams: Types of Aviation Medical Certificates
There are three different classes of aviation medical certificates: First class, second class and third class. The type of flying a pilot does will determine which type he should obtain.

Aviation Medical Exams: Disqualifying Medical Conditions
There are some disqualifying medical conditions to be aware of before applying for your first aviation medical certificate. Here's what to expect.

How to Fail a Checkride
8 common ways student pilots fail check rides, including lack of proper documentation and improper stall recovery.

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9 Illusions Pilots Encounter While Flying
Illusions can cause disorientation in pilots, especially at night or in low-visibility conditions. Here are 9 visual illusions that pilots are confronted with while flying.

Why Would Delta's Flight Attendants Reject Union in 2010?
Delta Air Lines' flight attendants voted down an attempt to unionize. The decision should clear the way for full integration with their colleagues from Northwest, more than two years after the two carriers merged.

What Are Light Sport Aircraft?
Light Sport Aircraft (LSAs) are gaining popularity, and for good reason: pilots can earn a sport pilot certificate in a light sport aircraft for cheaper and in less time than a traditional private pilot license. These smaller aircraft are also less expensive and easier to operate than the typical flight training aircraft of the past.

FITS: FAA-Industry Training Standards
FITS stands for FAA-Industry Training Standards, which is a newly developed training program created by the FAA in order to address the need for an update to current flight training practices.

Single Pilot Resource Management
Managing workload, mitigating risk, recognizing errors, and making good decisions are all a part of single-pilot resource management. Do you practice good SRM?

PAVE: A Personal Minimums Checklist for Risk Management
PAVE is an acronym used by pilots as a personal minimums checklist to help reduce risks associated with flying.

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These 16 Celebrities are also Pilots
Famous people have to go through the same process that everyone else has to go through to become a pilot. Here are 16 celebrities who are also pilots.

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11 Flight Training Rules Your Instructor Wants You to Follow
Ready to start flight training? First, there a few rules your instructor thinks you should know. Rule number one: check your ego at the door!

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9 Pilots You Don't Want to Fly With
There's a saying in aviation that there are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots. There's a reason for that. Here are a few pilots that you might not want to fly with.

How to Keep Your Aircraft Mechanic Happy
Is your relationship with your aircraft mechanic suffering? Try a few of these ideas, which should ease the tension and keep your mechanic happy.

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2015 Year-in-Review: Top 10 Most-Shared Aviation Articles
The Top 10 aviation articles that you shared the most on social media in 2015.

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2015 In Review: Top 10 Most-Shared Aviation Articles
The Top 10 aviation articles that you shared the most on social media in 2015.

Everything You Need to Know About Flying at Night
Night flying can be a challenge for pilots, especially those who don't do it often. Here are a few tips to help your next night flight go smoothly.

Day in the life of a pilot: Pilot Commuting
Being a pilot is tough. Here's a look at a day in the life of a pilot, through typical - and very real - quotes often said by pilots.

Day in the life of a pilot: Crew member relationships
Day in the life of a pilot: Crew member relationships

Day in the life of a pilot: Simulator training
Day in the life of a pilot: Simulator training

Day in the life of a pilot: Sitting reserve
Day in the life of a pilot: Sitting reserve

Day in the life of a pilot: Flying the Line
Day in the life of a pilot: Flying the line

Day in the life of a pilot: Scheduling
Day in the life of a pilot: Scheduling

Day in the life of a pilot: Jet lag
Day in the life of a pilot: Jet lag

Day in the life of a pilot: Personal time
Day in the life of a pilot: Personal time

Day in the life of a pilot: Travel
Day in the life of a pilot: Travel

Why Your Small Business Needs a Small Business Aircraft
Wondering how you can make your business more efficient? Get a small airplane! Here's how buying a small aircraft can help your business.

The Hazardous Attitudes of Pilots
Pilots are at risk of having one or more of these five hazardous attitudes. Which ones do you have?

11 Goals For the Ambitious Aviation Enthusiast
It's a new year! Become a better AvGeek this year with these 11 new hobby ideas.

Taking a Discovery Flight? Here's What to Expect
Here's what to expect on a discovery flight, a short flight with a certified flight instructor or commercial pilot that includes your participation.

Flight Instructor Mistakes That Make Students Cringe
A list of the 12 most annoying habits of flight instructors, as compiled Reddit pilots.

A Complete Guide to Aviation Gifts
Here's an entire gift guide for various types of aviation fans. Here, you'll find over 50 aviation gift ideas for flight instructors, airline pilots, aircraft owners and even the plain old aviation enthusiast!

12 Gift Ideas for Flight Instructors
Looking for a great gift idea for a flight instructor? Here's a list of gift ideas for the flight instructor that covers a wide range of budget options.

Gift Ideas for Aviation Enthusiasts
The good news is that aviation enthusiasts usually aren't picky about their gifts. A true avgeek will probably like anything aviation related.

Top Gifts for Professional Pilots
Need a gift for a pilot? Professional pilots are sometimes difficult to buy gifts for. Nevertheless, here are a few gift ideas they will love.

Reasons You Should Become a Pilot
Everywhere you go, you'll find people talking about why you shouldn't become a pilot. But most still believe that flying is the best thing ever.

Everything You Need to Know About ADS-B
ADS-B is a wonderful addition for our nation's air traffic system. It is meant to ease delays, improve congestion problems and update a long-overdue air transportation system.

Aircraft Systems: The Pitot-Static System
The pitot-static system supplies power to three basic aircraft instruments: The airspeed indicator, altimeter and vertical speed indicator.

7 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Flying
Being a pilot is expensive. Here are seven ways to cut costs of flying including applying for scholarships, sharing flight time and joining a club.

Buying an Airplane: Choosing the Right Airplane
Aircraft ownership comes with a lot of decisions, but if you stay focused on your specific needs, choosing the right one will be easier.

Buying an Airplane: Reducing the Cost of Ownership
For many, purchasing an airplane is thought to be an unattainable dream. Aircraft ownership can become a reality, though, if you do some research and find creative ways to make the cost manageable.

Books for Private Pilot Flight Training
Ready to get started with your flight training? Here's a list of common books you'll need to reference throughout your private pilot training.

Buying an Airplane: Ownership Options
The cost of aircraft ownership is high, but there are ways to reduce the financial burden of buying an airplane, like shared ownership

How to Become a Flight Instructor and Get Paid to Fly
If you're interested in becoming a flight instructor, then you're in luck -- flight instructors are pretty high in demand right now, and this particular career path is expected to remain in demand for quite a few years, according to some experts.

Crew Resource Management
Crew resource management is an essential part of any flight department's training and a critical piece of knowledge in a pilot's career. All professional pilots are trained in CRM, and the focus remains on specific concepts such as aeronautical decision-making, risk management, leadership, and error management

How to Earn a Multi-Engine Rating as a Pilot
If you want to fly higher, you'll need am multi-engine rating in addition to a private pilot certificate or commercial pilot certificate.

How to Become a Commercial Pilot
To fly a regularly scheduled passenger service, or to fly for an airline, you'll also need to gain the additional requirements for those specific jobs.

Instrument Rating Pilot Can Fly in the Clouds
An instrument pilot can legally fly in the clouds, rain and fog, which broadens his or her abilities and keeps them in the air instead of on the ground during inclement weather.

The Recreational Pilot Certificate
By far the least popular of all of the pilot certificates is the recreational pilot certificate. It was meant to be a simpler version of the private pilot certificate, but the restrictions placed upon it aren't popular with students. Regardless, the certicate is still available as a less intense version of the private pilot certificate.

How to Become a Sport Pilot
The sport pilot certificate was created with the aviation enthusiast and hobbyist in mind. Learn how to become a sport pilot with these resources.

How to Become a Private Pilot
Private pilots enjoy the freedom and convenience of flying a small aircraft for travel or business. Check out these steps for how to become a private pilot.

4 Summer Fly-In Destinations You'll Love
If you're getting your airplane out of the hangar for some summer flying, consider this list of the best fly-in destinations.

The Best Job Search Websites for Pilots
Aviation is currently in the midst of a drastic pilot shortage, which means people are hiring pilots and other aviation professionals. Check out these job boards!

Bertrand Piccard on his Solar Impulse Adventure
Bertrand Piccard says airplanes are a metaphor for life. Here's why.

Stephen Hawking Answers Our Tough Questions About the Universe
In his 2008 TED talk, famed physicist Stephen Hawking answers all of our deepest questions: Where did we come from? Where are we going?

Richard Branson Talks Airline Life
In his TED Talk, Airline CEO Richard Branson discusses his airline life and what he hopes his legacy will be.

Why Burt Rutan Thinks Commercial Space Travel is Where it's At
In his 2006 Ted Talk, Burt Rutan calls out the government and calls on the aviation community to invest in commercial space exploration.

Raffaello D'Andrea: The astounding athletic power of quadcopters
Raffeallo D'Andrew demonstrates how, with the right mathematical models, drones can play catch, do aerobatics and be manipulated virtually.

Paraplegic Olympic Skier Janine Shepherd Walks Again, and Then Flies
Janine Shephard, a former Olympic skier, was told she might never walk again. Here's her story of overcoming her

Airbus Engineer Bastian Schaefer Wants to Make A 3D-Printed Airplane
Could the future's passenger jets be made by 3D printing technology? Bastian Schaefer explains why thinks so in this TED talk.

Yves "Jetman" Rossy Talks Birds and Turbine Jetpacks
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Paul MacCready on Why Nature Matters to Aviation
Paul MacCready discusses how he's attempted to create a more sustainable future through the creation of solar and electric aircraft.

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Dispatchers
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Maintainers
Career information for aircraft maintainers, including avionics technicians, airframe & powerplant mechanics.

Air Traffic Controllers
Career news and information for air traffic controllers.

Famous Pilots
Amazing pilots of the world's past and present.

Flying Destinations
Fun flying destinations and airport information for general aviation pilots.

Aircraft Systems
Information and descriptions about various aircraft systems and components.

Training
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Education
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New Technology
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Aircraft Ownership
News and information for the aircraft owner.

Glossary Terms I-P
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Glossary Terms Q-Z
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In Flight Services
In-flight services and updates. Aviation & Aerospace.

Aging Aircraft
Designing and building aircraft that meet buyers' needs is a very difficult and risky business. Choosing the right aircraft for an airline, corporate flight department or individual user can be equally challenging. Successfully owning and operating the aircraft you choose is the final challenge for even the most experienced aviation professional. We look at the old, new and future aircraft designs available.

Future of Aviation
Designing and building aircraft that meet buyers' needs is a very difficult and risky business. Choosing the right aircraft for an airline, corporate flight department or individual user can be equally challenging. Successfully owning and operating the aircraft you choose is the final challenge for even the most experienced aviation professional. We look at the old, new and future aircraft designs available.

New Aircraft
Designing and building aircraft that meet buyers' needs is a very difficult and risky business. Choosing the right aircraft for an airline, corporate flight department or individual user can be equally challenging. Successfully owning and operating the aircraft you choose is the final challenge for even the most experienced aviation professional. We look at the old, new and future aircraft designs available.

What's Hot
Updates surrounding the industry's most popular topics, like NextGen, pilot fatigue and the Boeing 787.

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News and updates from the FAA. Aviation & Aerospace.

Airline News
All about mergers, acquisitions, financial health and on-time performance.

Regulations
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Resources for Job Seekers
Resources for Job Seekers. Aviation & Aerospace.

Careers
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New Entrants. Aviation & Aerospace.

Airline Finances
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Carrier Profiles
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Route and Fleet Updates
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Hot Topics in the Aviation World
News and updates regarding the industry's most popular topics!

Destinations
Flying ideas and destinations for the general aviation pilot.

Airline Passenger Complaints Skyrocket
Despite service improvements and stronger customer protection rules, passenger complaints against scheduled airlines skyrocketed in August. What can we do to improve relations with our customers? And do most carriers care enough to do something about it?

Airline Passenger Complaints Skyrocket
Despite service improvements and stronger customer protection rules, passenger complaints against scheduled airlines skyrocketed in August. What can we do to improve relations with our customers? And do most carriers care enough to do something about it?

Airline Passenger Complaints Skyrocket
Despite service improvements and stronger customer protection rules, passenger complaints against scheduled airlines skyrocketed in August. What can we do to improve relations with our customers? And do most carriers care enough to do something about it?

Airline Passenger Complaints Skyrocket
Despite service improvements and stronger customer protection rules, passenger complaints against scheduled airlines skyrocketed in August. What can we do to improve relations with our customers? And do most carriers care enough to do something about it?