PilotWorkshops Releases Pilot-Friendly Manual for IFR Communications

May 10, 2018 (Nashua, NH) – PilotWorkshops has released “IFR Communications,” the companion to their recently released, “VFR Communications” manual, and the latest in their Pilot-Friendly Manual series.

“Many instrument pilots feel intimidated talking on the radio, especially with complex or lesser-used instrument procedures,” stated PilotWorkshops founder Mark Robidoux. “It happens to both newly minted instrument pilots, and veterans who don’t fly as much as they’d like. Our IFR Communications manual combines print and video in a unique format  that makes learning, or refreshing, radio skills easier.”








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PilotWorkshops Announces January Simulator Winner

January 15, 2018 (Nashua, NH) – PilotWorkshops has announced the winner of its recent simulator drawing as Mr. Dan Burkhard of North Reading, Massachusetts. Dan entered the IFR Mastery scenario video drawing in late December and was lucky enough to be chosen from among thousands of entrants.

Dan is a Commercial-rated pilot with an instrument rating who “..would like to fly my ’79 V35B Bonanza a lot more than I have time for.”

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PilotWorkshops Releases Pilot-Friendly Manual for VFR Communications

November 22, 2017 (Nashua, NH) – PilotWorkshops has released “VFR Communications” the latest in their Pilot-Friendly Manual series. The printed manual includes accompanying videos that clearly explain, in a task-oriented format, what to say when and where.

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PilotWorkshops adds Jeff Van West as Creative Director

Jeff Van West

October 20, 2017 (Nashua, NH) Jeff Van West has joined PilotWorkshops.com LLC in a newly formed Creative Director position. Jeff’s primary responsibility will be managing the development and creation of the company’s pilot proficiency training programs, including their flagship IFR Mastery program.

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IFR Mastery featured in AOPA Pilot magazine

August 22, 2017 – We invited AOPA Editor Dave Hirschman to join a recent IFR Mastery recording session, and this is what he said about the experience…

“The IFR Scenarios are meant to draw attention to aviation’s many gray areas not clearly addressed by regulations.”
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PilotWorkshops debuts “Getting Started With Flight Simulation” video training

June 30, 2017 (Nashua, NH) – PilotWorkshops has launched a video training program for pilots called, “Getting Started With Flight Simulation – A Pilots’ Guide To Building Proficiency at Home“.

The program is designed to walk any pilot, step-by-step, through the entire process of purchasing, configuring and successfully using a desktop flight simulator to build and sharpen flight skills.

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PilotWorkshops Announces Simulator Winner

June 20, 2017 (Nashua, NH) – PilotWorkshops has announced the winner of its recent simulator drawing as Mr. Peter Grass of Lexington, KY. Peter entered the IFR Mastery scenario video drawing in May and was lucky enough to be chosen from among thousands of entrants.

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PilotWorkshops Updates IFR Mastery

March 17, 2017 (Nashua, NH) – PilotWorkshops has made significant upgrades to its flagship IFR Mastery program that improve the experience for users.


The site now runs on new software with a number of benefits including a responsive design that provides better viewing on mobile platforms like tablets and phones.

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PilotWorkshops Updates Training Program

February 15, 2017 (Nashua, NH) – PilotWorkshops has recently updated its training program: Real World Coast to Coast and is providing immediate, online access for these updates to existing customers.

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CFII Mallory Devine Joins PilotWorkshops


June 9, 2016 (Nashua, NH) – Mallory Devine, a CFII with commercial and multi-engine ratings, has joined PilotWorkshops.com. In her full-time role, Mallory will provide customer support and assist in product development.Read More

PilotWorkshops Releases “Real World Coast to Coast”

May 17, 2016 (Nashua, NH) – PilotWorkshops has released a new training program called Real World Coast to Coast. The series of high def videos gives you a “left seat perspective”, flying along with experienced pilot Keith Smith as he journeys across the country. Unlike scripted training programs where everything is under control, in Real World Coast to Coast you see what Keith sees, hear what he hears on the radios, and go through the process of planning for each leg.


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PilotWorkshops announces Bose A20 Headset Winner


May 9, 2016 (Nashua, NH) – Congratulations to Christopher Carroll of Florida – winner of our most recent Bose A20 Aviation Headset Drawing. Christopher is a multi-engine commercial pilot and advanced ground and instrument ground instructor.

He mostly flies a Cessna 172 G1000 and a Piper Seneca II. He says, “I fly because aviation gives me a chance to see things from a perspective that very few people have.”Read More

PilotWorkshops debuts “Real World VFR” video training

November 25, 2015 (Nashua, NH) – PilotWorkshops has launched Real World VFR, a NEW HD video program that follows a pilot through a series of challenging flights, and teaches the skills and confidence needed to explore new flying adventures.


With multiple, in-cockpit and airplane-mounted cameras and full ATC audio, viewers feel like they are riding along in the cockpit as they strain to pick out an airport at night, avoid jet turbulence on a Class Bravo runway, or land on a short grass strip in the mountains.

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PilotWorkshops debuts “IFR Focus” – Free for Instrument Pilots


August 27, 2015 (Nashua, NH) – PilotWorkshops has announced the release of a new, bi-monthly electronic publication called IFR Focus, for Instrument Pilots and students. Content-wise it’s serious IFR, delving into a specific IFR topic from a pilot’s perspective.

Each installment of IFR Focus offers practical tips and techniques for getting the most utility out of IFR flying. Many issues include videos dedicated to getting the most from your avionics. A quiz on ForeFlight is also included.Read More

PilotWorkshops Releases Updated IFR Proficiency Series

May 26,2015 (Nashua, NH) – PilotWorkshops has released an updated version of its IFR Proficiency Series for instrument pilots. The training includes 42 audio and video workshops covering topics including:

• Instrument Approaches
• Weather and Flight Planning
• IFR Communication
• Accident Analysis
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PilotWorkshops debuts “Real World IFR” video program

March 17, 2015 (Nashua, NH) – PilotWorkshops has introduced a new video training and proficiency program for instrument pilots called, “Real World IFR”. The program employs a unique method of video training in which the student is looking over the shoulder of an experienced IFR pilot flying a series of challenging flights in IMC.

menu_intro.png“Nothing compares with actually looking over the shoulder of a pilot flying through the IFR system,” says Mark Robidoux, founder of PilotWorkshops. “It provides a level of understanding you just can’t get from a book or a ground school because you’re seeing all that theory actually put into practice.”
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Pilots Learn Avoidance of the Top 61 Critical Pilot Mistakes

December 16, 2014 (Nashua, NH) — Loss of directional control during takeoff and landing (especially in crosswinds), fuel mismanagement, overdependence on automation, failure to respect the hazards of weather, failure to observe aircraft limitations, failure to recognize and adhere to your own limitations. These are all common pilot errors that contribute to aircraft accidents with amazing frequency.

ipad.pngThe latest audio program from PilotWorkshops, 61 Critical Pilot Mistakes and How To Avoid Them, picks apart the errors most likely to turn a flight into a grim statistic. Award-winning flight instructor Tom Turner offers both analysis of these errors, and concrete strategies for avoiding them. Read More

PilotWorkshops Interviewed on AOPA Live

May 13, 2014 – Nashua, NH, and Frederick, MD – PilotWorkshops’ Founder Mark Robidoux was interviewed by AOPA Pilot Editor-in-Chief Tom Haines for AOPA Live. During the interview, Mark discusses why PilotWorkshops became a partner with AOPA, what new benefits PilotWorkshops is providing to AOPA members, and he shares some background on how PilotWorkshops got started and grew to its current position.

See the interview here.

PilotWorkshops Supports AOPA as Premier Partner

March 28, 2014 – Nashua, NH – PilotWorkshops will provide AOPA members with free online access to an extensive library of quality audio and video aviation training programs as a new AOPA Premier Partner, AOPA announced March 28.

The programs, available on the website of the Nashua, N.H.-based firm that specializes in pilot proficiency training products, are designed to help pilots of all levels achieve a higher degree of flight proficiency.

“We are excited to offer additional training resources to AOPA members through this partnership,” said AOPA Vice President of Advertising, Partnerships, and Products Carol Dodds. Read More

PilotWorkshops.com Celebrates 10,000th WINGS Course Completion

December 2, 2013 – Nashua, NH – PilotWorkshops.com announced that the FAA has now issued over 10,000 WINGS course completion credits for their online pilot proficiency training courses. The company has been creating WINGS-approved training programs since 2006.  “Many of our customers participate in the FAA WINGS program and appreciate the convenience of being able to continue their proficiency training while earning WINGS credits,” said Pilotworkshops’ founder Mark Robidoux.Read More

PilotWorkshops Releases New “Pilot-Friendly” Manuals for Garmin GTN 650 and 750

November 12, 2013 – PilotWorkshops has announced the availability of their “Pilot-Friendly” GPS Manuals for the Garmin GTN 650 and GTN 750 units. These manuals; written by renowned GPS author and trainer John Dittmer, guide pilots through complex GPS procedures in a simple, step-by-step format. They take a hands-on approach, so you can master new procedures and processes quickly by actually doing it. PilotWorkshops also provides digital, PDF versions of the GTN manuals along with the printed ones so pilots can enjoy the convenience of accessing them on their iPad.  Read More

PilotWorkshops.com Acquires ZD Publishing and their Pilot-Friendly GPS Manuals

Feb 7, 2013 – PilotWorkshops.com LLC has purchased the assets of ZD Publishing including copyrights and inventory of ZD’s 21 different Pilot-Friendly GPS Manuals. Written by ZD Publishing founder John Dittmer, an ATP-rated CFI, these manuals have been trusted by thousands of pilots to help them master their panel-mount and handheld GPS units produced by Garmin and Bendix/King. The entire inventory of manuals is now available from PilotWorkshops in download or print format here.Read More