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Know Where to Look During the Flare - Rod Machado
Not sure where to look when flaring an airplane for landing? Let Rod help you find the correct spot to spy during the roundout and flare. It turns out that the advice we're often given about where to focus our vision during the landing flare doesn't work for everyone. In fact, it doesn't work for most student pilots when learning to land. Not only doesn't it not work for student pilots, but as a pilot ages, it also doesn't work for him or her. So here are a few tips for new pilots and older pilots that will help them land as soft as a butterfly with sore feet.
Secrets of the Pressure Gradient Force - Rod Machado - Rod Machado
Without a doubt, one of the most important concepts a pilot needs to understand to make sense of air movement aloft is the "Pressure Gradient Force." This concept is so essential to comprehend that, if you grasp it, you can readily make sense of how the high altitude and low level jet streams form as well as how air masses move at higher altitudes. This is one of those fundamental concepts that's worth studying carefully. Here's a new learning block that Rod just added to his "Understanding Weather eLearning Course" found on his website at:
The Week Before Your Checkride - MzeroA Flight Training
Here is the scenario. It's the week before your checkride. What should you be doing? What should you study? When should you fly? Jason tells you his opinion in this video.

Secrets of Instruments Approaches and Departures - Rod Machado
Rod Machado's NEW 8-hour interactive eLearning course titled, Secrets of Instrument Approaches and Departures is now available! If you're an active IFR pilot or preparing for an IPC or even your ATP or IFR rating, then this course is for you. Why? Because the IFR pilot's weakest link is approach and departure knowledge as it relates to instrument charts. View course details at:
Machado Course Excerpt: Flying the Approach to APV Minimums Part 2 - Rod Machado
The following is an excerpt from Rod's 8-hour, interactive, eLearning course titled, Rod Machado's Secrets of Instrument Approaches and Departures. If you're an active IFR pilot or preparing for an IPC or even your ATP or IFR rating, then this course is for you. Why? Because the IFR pilot's weakest link is approach and departure knowledge as it relates to instrument charts. View course details at:
Engine FAILURE on Takeoff - Flight Training VLOG - The Finer Points
Jason walks though a engine out scenario with one of his students.
Turns Around a Point - MzeroA Flight Training - MzeroA Flight Training
Maneuvers like turns around a point teach us so much about wind correction and control.
The 4 Types of Left Turning Tendencies - MzeroA Flight Training
Did you know that P-Factor is just one of the four types of left turning tendencies we experience while flying?
3 Things Beyond The Preflight - MzeroA Flight Training
We follow the preflight checklist to the letter. However what are some things you do beyond the checklist?
Practicing the Go-Around - MzeroA Flight Training
It's the maneuver no one like to practice, the go-around. Yet last year there were 42 accidents that occurred during attempted go-arounds. Watching this video I want you to remember one thing. Fly the airplane first! If you remember to tell tower you're going around, great. If you remember to maneuver slightly to the right of the runway, fine. However we have to remember to get and keep that airplane flying first!

How To Get An IFR Clearance At A Non-Towered Airport - Boldmethod
How do you pick up an IFR clearance when you're on the ground at a non-towered airport? There are three ways, and we'll walk you through each one in this video.
Unusual Attitudes - MzeroA Flight Training - MzeroA Flight Training
How have you practiced unusual attitudes? In this video I'll show you the two methods I use to teach unusual attitudes and upset recovery.
Secondary Stalls - MzeroA Flight Training
What would happen if I didn't execute a proper stall recovery? The airplane breaks the stall but we continue to apply back pressure and we now enter into a secondary stall. Jason shows you what that looks like in today's video.

Crosswind + Short Field Takeoff and Landing - MzeroA Flight Training
What happens when you need to execute proper crosswind technique but you're also faced with a short field for takeoff and landing? Jason shows you in this video.
How to Get Out of a Spin | 60 Second Flight Training - US Sport Aircraft / Thrust Flight
Getting into a spin can be pretty scary when you don't know what to do, so here's a quick lesson on How to Get Out of a Spin!

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