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This “back-to-basics” program provides a great refresher on core flying skills with a focus on precision flying and pilot mindset. It covers specific techniques you can use to fly smoother and more precisely in every phase of flight.
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(Re)Learn To Master The Fundamentals
This series is not designed to teach you how to fly, but how to fly properly. It focuses on improving the fundamentals…the finer points of flying that will keep you alive and out of trouble. The workshops are taught by highly accomplished “Airmen” that have risen to the top of their professions as airline, military and corporate pilots. They are also award-winning flight instructors who share their personal experiences and tips learned from decades of real world flying (see their bios below).
The workshops have a “back to basics” focus that pilots of all experience levels will find refreshing and useful. Our instructors offer straight-forward, no-nonsense tips and techniques that are easily integrated into your cockpit. If you use these simple techniques – you will be a better, safer pilot, no matter what your experience level is.
Short Workshops Make Learning Easy
The training is delivered in 38 short, focused lessons. This allows you to learn at your own pace and tackle the pursuit of Airmanship in small, bite-sized segments.
25 Video Lessons:
Many of the lessons in this series use images and graphics to support the training. The video workshops are viewed on your computer, iPad or smart phone through a newly designed and easy-to-use menu structure. Just pick a topic you want to brush up on and press play. Our expert instructors get right to the point with simple explanations and practical advice.
13 Audio Lessons:
Some of these lessons are delivered as MP3 audio files that you can stream online with the click of a button – or download them onto your favorite mobile device. You can listen to these lessons in your car or while you work out and take advantage of idle down-time.
You can also access a word-for-word transcript for all 38 video and audio workshops. They are provided in PDF format and can be printed for taking notes or following along with the material as it is being presented.
Meet Your Instructors
Doug was the “National Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year” in 2004. A Master Certified Flight Instructor, Gold Seal Instructor and Designated Pilot Examiner – he is based at the Columbia County Airport (1B1) in Hudson, NY. He owns and operates his own flight school specializing in instrument training and has logged over 11,600 hours of dual instruction given, with over 4,700 hours of that being instrument instruction. He regularly gives instruction in aircraft as simple as the J-3 Cub, and as complex as the Piper Malibu/Mirage.
Bob Nardiello was the “Flight Instructor of the Year” in 2004 and “FAA Safety Counselor of the Year” in 2006 for the Windsor Locks Flight Standards District Office. He has over 12,500 hours of total flight experience, with more than 8,000 hours as a Flight Instructor. He currently holds CFI, CFII, MEI, and ATP ratings and serves as a Designated Pilot Examiner. Bob is the Assistant Chief Flight Instructor at a Part 141 Flight School and is also a seasoned charter pilot flying a Cessna 421 and Citation Ultra.
Wally is a retired airline captain and spent much of his career as a training instructor and check airman on aircraft including the Boeing 747 and 767. He has held a flight instructor certificate for over 50 years. He is a Designated Pilot Examiner for airplanes and gliders and has given over 4000 hours of flight instruction in single engine, multiengine, gliders and seaplanes.
Wally has been awarded the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award and is designated a Master CFI by the National Association of Flight Instructors.
Bob Martens is a nationally known speaker, consultant and aviation safety expert. He retired from the FAA after spending 17 years as a Safety Program Manager. In this role, he delivered hundreds of live seminars devoted to General Aviation safety. Bob retired from the USAF (rank of Colonel) in 2000 after 30 years of active and reserve duty. He was an Aircraft Commander in a C-5A and also served as Flying Safety Officer and Chief of Safety with the 439th AirWing. Bob has logged thousands of flight hours in both military and GA aircraft.
Rod has been flying since 1970, instructing since 1973 and has over 8,000 hours of flight time earned the hard way–one CFI hour at a time. Since 1977 he has taught hundreds of flight instructor revalidation clinics and safety seminars and he was named the 1991 “Western Region Flight Instructor of the Year”. Rod is the author of some of the most popular books, DVDs and CDs in aviation. You can read his monthly column in AOPA Pilot Magazine as well as Flight Training Magazine.
The course is delivered in a series of modules and provides a structured approach to improve your Airmanship in all areas of flying. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with your ongoing commitment to excellence.
Module 1 – Airmanship Principles
The concepts explained in this section are not new, however it is the discipline to execute these standards on every flight that defines Airmanship. Wally Moran and Bob Martens discuss the principles they practiced during their careers as airline and military pilots.
Airmanship Principles: Preflight Prep
In this first module, Bob and Wally focus on a true Airman’s approach to a flight before entering the cockpit. The focus here is on preflight preparation and planning – things you must do ahead of time to improve the safety of your flight.
Airmanship Principles: Taxi and Takeoff
Bob Martens and Wally Moran continue their discussion of airmanship, focusing on the discipline pilots should strive for with engine start, taxi, takeoff and climb. Measure yourself against these standards to evaluate your airmanship.
Airmanship Principles: Cruise and Descent
Many pilots are ‘just along for the ride’ during cruise. Bob and Wally describe how a good airman continues to exercise discipline and closely manages this phase of flight. They also explain how a well-planned descent will allow you to operate smoothly and safely in the traffic pattern.
Airmanship Principles: Approach and Landing
In this final installment of Airmanship Principles, Bob and Wally discuss a safe and professional approach to the final phases of flight. Good Airmanship doesn’t conclude with the flight. They explain how a proper debrief helps you evaluate your skills and identify potential areas for improvement.
Takeoffs and Landings Refresher
Wally Moran explains his techniques for all sorts of takeoff and landing situations: normal, cross wind, short field and soft field. You will want to listen to this refresher again and again.
Stick and Rudder Mutter
Rod Machado shares tips and tactics to help improve your stick and rudder skills. After listening to this program, you’ll know why it’s so important to be a good stick and rudder pilot. Rod also shares specific exercises you can use in the cockpit to help build these valuable skills.
Module 2 – Safety & Risk Management
Accident statistics don’t lie! In this section, we examine some high-risk areas that pilots face in their day-to-day flying and offer solutions that can greatly improve your safety.
Surviving Engine Failure
Few things in aviation are more frightening than losing an engine in-flight. Good news…you have a high probability of surviving this event if you take immediate action and do the right thing. Bob Martens describes the key issues you must consider to execute an emergency landing to a safe outcome.
Emergency Landing Pattern
In addition to being a flight instructor for over 45 years, Wally Moran is also an accomplished glider pilot and glider instructor. He has logged over 1,500 “dead stick” landings in gliders and will teach you the keys to executing off-field landing in a powered airplane.
Straight Talk On Maneuvering Flight
Bob Martens provides a no-nonsense analysis of low-level maneuvering flight. He reviews the accident statistics and offers case studies which help explain why these accidents continue to kill pilots. They are more common than you think and nearly 100% avoidable.
Straight Talk On Go-Arounds
Statistics show that a significant number of fatal accidents result from botched go-arounds. Bob Martens reviews specific situations that warrant a go-around and how to properly execute this maneuver. He also discusses common mistakes and how they can easily lead to a serious or fatal situation.
Stall Recognition and Spin Prevention
Rod Machado provides practical tips and instruction on recognizing when your airplane is headed towards a stall and how to handle this situation.
Passenger Briefing Checklist
Master CFI Susan Parson has developed a simple and effective passenger briefing checklist. She will walk through this checklist and explain how you can use it to increase safety, put your passengers at ease and make your flights more enjoyable. Includes a briefing guide you can print and put in your cockpit.
Back to Basics: Improving Rudder Skills
Rudder pedals are not meant to be footrests! Wally Moran explains how good rudder skills can drastically improve your safety. He also provides some simple exercises you can do to improve your rudder proficiency.
Wake Turbulence Overview
Understand the dynamics of wake turbulence. Learn how and when it can affect your aircraft and how to manage it.
Q&A With ATC
In this workshop, pilots had their ATC questions answered by Bob Adelizzi, a 20+ year veteran ATC controller who is also a pilot with Commercial, Instrument and MEL ratings. Bob provides a controller’s perspective on communications and offers tips to help you work smoothly and efficiently with ATC.
There are hundreds of restricted areas and military operations areas throughout the country where military flights are conducted every day. Bob Martens offers a detailed description of restricted airspace that will keep you from experiencing the “thrill of your life”.
Module 3 – Non-Towered Airports
Fact: most mid-air collisions occur in the traffic pattern at non-towered airports. In these workshops, Bob Martens discusses the challenges that every pilot faces when operating at non-towered airports and offers simple tips to help you manage the risk.
Non-Towered Airports: Key Challenges
Remember when we called them “uncontrolled” airports? At times this is an accurate description. Bob Martens will highlight the unique challenges pilots face at non-towered airports.
Non-Towered Airports: Safe Approach
You’re 10 miles out, inbound for landing at a non-towered airport. There are some important things you should do to safely approach the traffic pattern. Bob reviews the procedures that will keep you out of trouble.
Non-Towered Airports: Traffic Pattern
Bob offers some practical tips to help you “see and be seen” in a busy traffic pattern at a non-towered airport. He also describes how the safest pattern is flown.
Non-Towered Airports: 9 Quick Tips
A quick review of the key safety tips…9 things you can do to avoid mishaps.
Non-Towered Airport Accidents
Simple operational errors can lead to tragic results when operating in the non-towered airport environment. Bob will analyze 3 accidents that highlight the risks present at non-towered airports.
Module 4 – Night Flying
The fatal accident rate is much higher at night than during the day. Bob Martens reviews the factors that contribute to the night fatal accident rate and provides tactics to increase your safety and get more enjoyment out of night flying.
Bob Martens will give you simple, practical tips that can dramatically increase your safety at night. You’ll learn how to adjust your personal minimums, alter your route and determine a safe altitude. He will also review the weather conditions that require extra caution at night.
Night Flying: Taxi and Takeoff
As you leave the ground and begin your climb out, you are reminded just how different night flying is. The loss of visual references is dramatic and you must compensate for this loss to operate safely. Bob will explain how.
Night Flying: Enroute, Approach and Landing
Most night accidents occur on final approach. If you’ve ever flown a ‘black hole’ approach, it’s easy to understand why. Bob provides some quick tips to keep you out of trouble.
Night Flying: Emergencies
Engine failure at night…it’s a pilot’s worst nightmare. Even a simple electrical failure at night can have dire consequences if you aren’t prepared. Bob will discuss the common night emergencies and how to deal with them.
Night Flying: 8 Quick Tips
A quick review of the important night flying safety tips…8 things you can do to keep your night flight from becoming a nightmare.
Night Flying: Accidents
Night flying presents additional risk factors and as a result requires additional preparation by the pilot. Bob does a quick review of 3 accidents which illustrate this point in dramatic fashion.
Module 5 – Decision Making & Personal Minimums
Susan Parson provides a simple step-by-step process for creating your own set of personal minimums. In addition, Doug Stewart examines the FAA’s “five hazardous attitudes”. Discover how these attitudes can creep in and affect good judgment, putting you at risk.
Personal Minimums: A Step-By-Step Approach
Master CFI Susan Parson has created a simple step-by-step process to help you establish a practical set of minimums that will become the foundation of your aviation decision making.
Hazardous Attitudes: Macho
Most pilots have one or more of these attitudes – yet fail to realize it. Doug Stewart will teach you simple antidotes to eliminate these hazardous attitudes from your cockpit. Includes a self-assessment for the “macho” hazardous attitude.
Hazardous Attitudes: Invulnerability
Many pilots have ventured into danger because they felt “nothing will happen to me”. This attitude can cloud good judgment and is more common than you think. Includes a self-assessment for the “invulnerable” hazardous attitude.
Hazardous Attitudes: Anti-Authority
By nature, pilots are used to being in charge. While this is a valuable trait for a ‘pilot in command’, it’s also important to respect the rules – they were written to protect you! Includes a self-assessment for the “anti-authority” hazardous attitude.
Hazardous Attitudes: Impulsivity
“Do something quick!”…have you ever had this feeling while flying an airplane? If so, listen to this humorous description of a serious hazardous attitude. Includes a self-assessment for the “impulsive” hazardous attitude.
Hazardous Attitudes: Resignation
Many pilots exhibit the hazardous attitude of resignation, yet few will admit it. Doug explains the subtle ways this attitude reveals itself and how it can get you in serious trouble. Includes a self-assessment for the “resignation” hazardous attitude.
Module 6 – Accident Analysis & Prevention
These workshops examine some of the leading causes of fatal aircraft accidents. All of them could have been easily avoided and the focus here is on lessons learned and prevention.
PA28 VFR Into IMC
VFR into IMC is one of the deadliest accident scenarios in general aviation…why would any pilot put themselves into this situation? This workshop analyzes an accident chain and offers some clues on why these types of accidents continue to occur.
J3 Cub Engine Failure on Takeoff
The pilot in this accident was highly experienced, however, this accident could have easily been prevented as you will see. The scenario that unfolded reinforces the importance of conducting a thorough preflight inspection and passenger briefing before every flight.
Cherokee Six CFIT
This accident scenario involved the pilot of a Cherokee six who was killed along with 3 family members in a “controlled flight into terrain” accident. Bob Martens will examine the chain of events that led to this accident and how external pressures may have affected this pilot’s decision.
Malibu Go-Around Accident
Bob Martens examines an accident involving a 1,660 hour IFR pilot flying a Piper Malibu who was fatally injured while performing a go-around. There are many lessons to be taken from this simple scenario.
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