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Here's a list of helpful aviation articles.  Whether you are a Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot, Commercial Pilot, or CFI, these articles are made to help you learn and keep current on the regs.

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First-Class Medical Certificate

By Alex Perez | April 10, 2024

The rigorous First-Class Medical examination is mandated for those operating as commercial airline pilots or as pilots-in-command of certain aircraft and serves to assess an individual’s physical and mental fitness to undertake the responsibilities inherent …

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Third-Class Medical Certificate

By Alex Perez | April 10, 2024

A third-class medical certificate, commonly referred to as a third-class medical, is a certification issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to pilots in the United States. This medical certificate is specifically designed for pilots …

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Second-Class Medical Certificate

By Alex Perez | April 6, 2024

Before delving into the specifics of Second-Class Medicals, let’s understand the broader context of medical certification in aviation. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandates that pilots possess a valid medical certificate to act as pilot-in-command …

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BasicMed: Requirements and Limitations

By Alex Perez | March 26, 2024

One crucial aspect of aviation safety is the medical fitness of pilots. For decades, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandated that pilots hold a valid medical certificate to fly. However, in 2017, a new alternative …

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Understanding V-Speeds

By Alex Perez | March 26, 2024

What are V-speeds? In the realm of aviation, safety is paramount. Pilots, engineers, and enthusiasts alike rely on standardized metrics to ensure safe and efficient flight operations. One such crucial set of parameters is V-speeds. These …

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Seaplane Rating

By Alex Perez | March 25, 2024

Embarking on the journey of receiving your seaplane rating, unveils a realm of adventure and skill unique to aviation. From the serene beauty of water landings to the thrill of exploring remote wilderness areas, mastering …

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The Cirrus SR-22: A Beacon of Excellence

By Alex Perez | February 23, 2024

Cirrus SR-22 The Cirrus SR-22 stands tall as a beacon of excellence in the realm of aviation. Renowned for its cutting-edge features, safety innovations, and superior performance, the SR-22 represents a pinnacle in aircraft engineering. …

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How to Save Money on Flight training

By Alex Perez | February 9, 2024

How Much Does Flight Training Cost & How Long Does It Take? Just as one shoe doesn’t fit each foot, there isn’t one set path or fixed cost for flight training. There are innumerable variables …

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Part 61 and Part 141 Flight School

By Alex Perez | February 8, 2024

Part 61 and Part 141 flight schools, what are the differences in cost, hours, training requirements, and which flight school is the right fit for you?   Flight Experience (Minimum Hours) Part 61 Part 141 …

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A Veteran’s Guide to Soaring as a Pilot

By Alex Perez | January 31, 2024

For veterans transitioning from the camaraderie of military service to the exhilarating world of civilian aviation, it is a journey filled with excitement and opportunity. As a veteran who has embarked on this path, my …

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