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Short Field Takeoff and Landing - MzeroA Flight Training
Fly along with Jason as he shows you a short field takeoff and landing.
Swayne Martins' First Attempt At Flying Helicopters - Swayne Martin
He's learning the basics of helicopter flying! Very cool....
How to land an Airplane - Sporty's Private Pilot Flight Training Tips - Sporty's Pilot Shop
This video tip from Sporty's Pilot Shop appears in Sporty's Private Pilot Learn to Fly Course.
Propeller Blade Fracture - Rod Machado
What to do if your propeller blade separates in flight.
Flight Following - MzeroA Flight Training - MzeroA Flight Training
VFR Flight Following is like ordering pizza. Who are you, where are you, and what do you want? If you can answer those 3 questions you're well on your way to receiving VFR flight following.
Accident Case Study: Misunderstanding in-cockpit weather displays can lead to tragedy - Air Safety Institute
One of the great advances in general aviation in recent years has been the widespread availability of datalink weather. Like any technology, though, it can be used improperly. Come along as we examine a tragic accident that highlights an important and often-overlooked limitation of datalink radar.
7 Things Pilots Say that Nobody Wants to Hear - Friendly Skies Film
We all should use the proper phraseology that we were taught by our instructors. But some pilots like to use slang phrases they've heard from others or a few of their own.
Crosswind Landing in a Cessna 172 - FunPlacesToFly.com
Crosswind landing in a Cessna 172 at McKinney National Airport in McKinney, Texas. The pilot has over 5,000 hours of flying and really nails the landing.
Six Rules For Cross Country Flights Sporty's Private Pilot Flight Training Tips - Sporty's Pilot Shop
This video tip from Sporty's Pilot Shop appears in Sporty's Private Pilot Learn to Fly Course.
Leaning the Mixture for a High Density Altitude Takeoff - Rod Machado
Here's a short video showing you several ways to lean your airplane's mixture for a high density altitude takeoff. This piece covers leaning for normally aspirated engines having fixed pitch and constant speed propellers. (www.becomeapilot.com)
Evaluating Your Glidepath With Runway Geometry - Rod Machado
Take a look at this video if you'd like to improve your ability to evaluate your glidepath visually. The skill shown here is an essential component of landing any airplane safely. The best part is that it's a relatively easy skill to develop when you know the perceptual clues to look for.
N23MZ's Maiden Flight - MzeroA Flight Training - MzeroA Flight Training
The first flight after annual always makes me a bit nervous. Now after doing nearly a restoration to 23MZ (formerly 7159Q) that first flight was a high stress time.
ASI Safety Tip on Landing: Aiming Point - Air Safety Institute
Having trouble gauging your touchdown point on the runway? Check out this handy trick for helping you stay on target during short final. ASI Safety Tip: Aiming Point teaches a simple technique for touching down at the right place at the right time.
How To Enter Class D Airspace - MzeroA Flight Training - MzeroA Flight Training
How to enter Class D airspace - Radio communication is one of the most difficult things to grasp as it seems so different each time. However if you actually break it down it follows a similar pattern.
Airspace Memory Aid - Rod Machado
Here's a short video that presents a memory aid graphic that allows you to remember the VFR cloud clearance and visibility requirements for all types of airspace in which you might fly. It only takes about 10 minutes to memorize this graphic. Draw it on a piece of paper a few times and you'll have it down. You'll be an airspace master!
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This website was built to document the construction of an RV-9A in compliance with the FAA requirements needed to certify the aircraft. Any experiences and/or comments are by no means to be considered as instructions on how to build an RV-9A or any other aircraft.
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