voyager plane 1986

VOYAGER 1986 ON A WING AND A PRAYER

          All of us have seen aeronautical wonders during our lifetimes, especially in the 20th century.  But few if any can compare to the flight of the Voyager in December of 1986.  Voyager was ...

Aviation Safety

A Pilot Near Miss Story: The Airprox and how to avoid it

The StoryI was back home for the holidays and my girlfriend at the time had come to visit me, so I decided to take her on a ride in the club’s Cessna 152. We took off into the bumpy summer air and enjoyed the views over Versailles Castle as we ...

Pilot Student

Five Things to Do Before Starting Flight Training

Starting flight training can be daunting. There are so many things to learn during the training that it can get a little bit overwhelming sometimes. So here are five ways you can prepare for training before doing that first lesson.Brush up on maths and ...

Preflight inspection

PREFLIGHT INSPECTIONS: BE THOROUGH

As we enter flight school and start out as new private pilots, we are all taught the routine of preflight inspections and how important they are.  We are hopefully also taught to be very thorough.  The preflight is almost as important as th ...

Student Pilot

What Every Flight Instructor Should Know About Student Pilots

Proppellerhead is the autobiography of a guy who went into ultralight flying to impress the girls but ended up falling in love with aviation. In the chapters describing his flight training, the author talks about his difficulties in learning how to land ...