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Two Methods To Develop Decent Descent Planning - Clayviation.com

We know that what goes up must come down, but when I was in flight training, I always had a hard time determining exactly when to come down. I'd tend to begin my descent to an airport too late, when it was in clear view, leaving me with a more rapid descent than ideal.

Six Easy Steps To Create Your Passenger Briefing - Clayviation.com

Any time I run through my checklists and get to the 'Passenger Briefing' line, I can't help but think back to a scene from the movie Tommy Boy. David Spade and Chris Farley are posing as flight attendants and get stuck with the passenger briefing. 'Exits! Ok there's one back here, and there's uh, probably one over by the wing...somewhere...usually...' I'm always tempted to throw that line out, at least when other pilots fly with me.

Flight to East Tawas, Michigan - Fly Girl Journal

This past Saturday, April 8 brought with it a bright sunny day here in West Michigan. It had been some time since we had been 'wheels up' so Randy and I decided it was time to climb into the Navion and set out on another adventure.

Keep These Five Aviation Traditions Alive - Clayviation.com

Have you ever stopped to think about why we blow out the candles on our birthday? How about carrying the bride over the threshold or eating turkey on Thanksgiving? While they all likely have a logical origin, these sorts of things are often continued today simply because they are rooted in tradition.

The Cost Of Airplane Ownership - Clayviation.com

The ding of the email hitting my inbox brought with it an exciting headline. "Hey, you wanna buy a plane?" It was from a friend of mine who is looking to become a Private Pilot. He heard about a couple of people in the area looking to buy an airplane together.

Trust But Verify - Five Ways To Prevent Mistakes In The Air - Clayviation.com

In the world of aviation, people tend to worry about failures. After all, when things go wrong in the air, the outcomes can be severe. When you think of a system failing, what comes to mind? For many, the first thought is of the engine quitting. Maybe you think about fire or electrical failure. But the system that proves most likely to fail time and time again is the human system - the pilot.

7 Lessons Learned From My Long Solo Cross Country Flight - Clayviation.com

It was the kind of day where you look up and think, "I should be flying right now." Clear skies, good visibility and very light winds prevailed on a mid-sixty degree day in November of 2004. I stood by the airplane in Athens, Georgia, as a student pilot, but ready for a big solo flight.

Four Fun Add-On Ratings To Your Private Pilot Certificate - Clayviation.com

It's been said that getting your Private Pilot Certificate is a 'license to learn'. It's true that you should continue to learn from every flight you take; no pilot ever knows it all.

The Paper vs Electronic Flight Logbook Showdown - Clayviation.com

How many hours do you have? One of the biggest factors that makes up a pilot's experience level is the number of flight hours they have. It's not quite like a business, who might be judged by how many years they've been in business. After a flight, recording an hour or so in the logbook is like making an investment.

An Encore Flight To Route 66! - Fly Girl Journal

After lingering gray and gloom in Michigan, we finally experienced a rare February weekend of sunshine and temperatures nearing 60. So this past Saturday, February 18, my hubby Randy and I decided it was time for us to fly.
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