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YouTube Finds

Tailplane icing video to help explain how and why it happens. https://youtu.be/_ifKduc1hE8

Aviation Weather – Ground School

Seminar presented by Jonathan Walter of Walter Aviation Inc. This video covers basic weather for pilots.

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My Son’s First Flight

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Recording Flight Audio and In Flight ATC

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GPS Flight Tracking- video

  If you would like to improve your data, Amazon offers a Garmin GLO portable GPS and GLONASS receiver.  This device…

GPS Tracking Flight Paths Without Expensive Equipment – Part 2

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GPS Tracking Flight Paths Without Expensive Equipment – Part 1

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Excel Flight Planner

I found this great article and resource for helping with cross country flight planning. In the article titled "The best…

Warbirds Over Monroe Airshow in Monroe NC that started in 2005 featuring warbirds from World War II as well as…

Paper Flight Planners by Dauntless Aviation

Dauntless has provided free resources for cross country planning. On their "Freebies" page Dauntless Aviation has provided the following items…

SkyVector Online Aeronautical Charts

A great online resource for sectional charts is SkyVector Aeronautical Charts. SkyVector provides sectional, TAC, Helicopter, Enroute High, Enroute Low,…


1. Be at least 16 years old (14 years old for operating a glider or balloon)

2. Hold at least a third class medical certificate if you’re pursuing a recreational or private pilot certificate, or hold at least a current and valid U.S. driver’s license if you plan to earn a sport pilot certificate.

3. Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

FAA – Become a pilot


Eligibility requirements:

1. Be at least 17 years old.

2. Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.

3. Pass a required knowledge test.

4. Pass a required oral and practical flight test administered by a FAA designated examiner.

5. Hold either a student or sport pilot certificate.

FAA – Become a pilot

Flight Requirements

  • 1. Hold at least a current private pilot certificate or be concurrently applying for a private pilot certificate appropriate to the instrument rating sought.
  • 2. Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

Logged the following:

  • 3. At least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command. At least 10 of these hours must be in airplanes for an instrument-airplane rating.
  • 4. A total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time on the areas of operation listed in 61.65(c)
  • 5. At least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category for the instrument rating sought.

For instrument-airplane rating, instrument training on cross-country flight procedures that includes at least one cross-country flight in an airplane that is performed under instrument flight rules.

This flight must consist of:

  • 6. A distance of at least 250 nm along airways or ATC-directed routing.
  • 7. An instrument approach at each airport.
  • 8. Three different kinds of approaches with the use of navigation systems.
  • 9. At least 3 hours of instrument training that is appropriate to the instrument rating sought from an authorized instructor in preparation for the checkride within two calendar months before the examination date.

Ground Requierments

  • 1. Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or complete a home-study course for the instrument rating sought. The aeronautical knowledge areas are listed in 61.65(b)
  • 2. Receive a logbook or training record endorsement from an authorized instructor certifying that you are prepared to take the knowledge test.
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