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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.

The Wrangell St. Elias National Park

By Jon Kotwicki | July 22, 2021

The Pilot’s Paradise The Wrangell St. Elias National Park (often simply referred to as “The Wrangells”) is one of the largest national parks in the United States.  Closely bordering Canada and enjoying large amounts of …

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ACS Written Test codes for Private Pilot FAA Written Test Results

By Oscar Sigl | July 19, 2021

Below are the ACS codes (formerly known as PLT codes) that you will find on your Private Pilot FAA written test results.  If you missed any questions on your FAA written exam (most folks do!) …

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ACS Written Test codes for Commercial Pilot FAA Written Test Results

By Jon Kotwicki | July 14, 2021

Below are the ACS codes (formerly known as PLT codes) that you will find on your FAA written test results.  If you missed any questions on your FAA written exam (which 99.9% of pilots do) …

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Lost of Comms under IFR

By Oscar Sigl | April 21, 2021

If a loss of communication occurs in IFR conditions, you must continue the flight according to the acronym “AVEenue of FAME”. Let’s go over the components of the acronym: A: Fly the assigned route as …

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Cessna 170

By Stephanie Blanchard | February 26, 2021

There is no such thing as the perfect airplane… or is there?? As far as certified airplanes go, the Cessna 170B is as perfect as they get. What do I mean by this? Well, it …

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ATOMATOFLAMES – Required Aircraft Equipment – 91.205

By Jon Kotwicki | January 29, 2021

Of all the acronyms in aviation, this must be the silliest… ATOMATOFLAMES? Surely you can’t be serious!? I am serious and don’t call me Shirley. It is difficult to remember all the regulations, rules, and …

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Visual Flight Rules – What is VFR?

By Jon Kotwicki | January 25, 2021

VFR, or visual flight rules, is a method and set of rules for flying aircraft by reference to the ground. The other method to fly airplanes is by IFR, or instrument flight rules. VFR flight …

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So you want Free Flight Training huh?

By Jon Kotwicki | January 23, 2021

Yup, we do to!  Everyone loves free things, especially pilots.  Flight training is expensive to pay for it on your own, so how can you get a company to pay for your flight training?  We’ll …

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IFR Flight – What is IMC?

By Jon Kotwicki | January 23, 2021

IFR, or Instrument Flight Rules, is flying using the onboard instruments without reference to the ground. The most common example of needing to use instruments is flying through clouds or IMC conditions. IMC, or Instrument …

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B-17 Crash at Bradley Accident Investigation

By Jon Kotwicki | January 21, 2021

The NTSB has released the initial accident investigation findings from the October 2019 crash of the Collings Foundation Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress.  The crash killed seven people.  The 74 year old World War II bomber …

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