Resources for pilots, students, and instructors
My favorite source of weather reports and forecasts is the Objective:pi LLC Aviation Weather Page. (Maybe because I built it? :-) ) Of course, this does not replace a full preflight briefing from flight service.
Learn more about weather from Air Safety Foundation's excellent SkySpotter program. It's an online interactive presentation that I found very useful.
Flight Log Forms
Download the Flight Log Form that I use. Everything on one sheet: navigation, fuel, W&B, runway lengths, ATIS, weather brief, route clearance.
ICAO Flight Plan Equipment Codes
The new ICAO flight plan equipment codes can be bewildering. There's a overwhelming list of options and codes, and they are labeled in aviation-bureaucrat-speak. I've organized and simplified them in my guide ICAO flight plan equipment codes.
The best explanation of flight theory ever: See How It Flies, by John S. Denker. It's written for the technically minded, but it's not full of math. He corrects a lot of myths, including the often-taught incorrect explanation of how lift works!
FAA Knowledge Tests
If you're studying for the FAA exam on your own, the ubiquitous exam prep book for something like 20 years has been the Gleim Aviation guides. A ground instructor can help you here, too. There's a lot to these tests.
If you want to look through the questions on-line, I have a Aviation Knowledge Test application running. It has the whole FAA question base for pilot knowledge tests, but the application itself is not been made very graphically pretty yet.
The new WINGS program
The new wings program has many changes. One is a more specifically specified set of flight activities for each phase. Here is my summary of the New WINGS Program Flight Activities.
Popular Aircraft Types
Here is my list of the most Popular Aircraft Types.
These resources are primarily for instructors:
How to sound like ATC: my ATC Phraseology summary.
FAA Form 8710-1, Application for Pilot Certificate and/or Rating.
AOPA's CFI pages, with "special offers" and a CFI listing service.
Gleim's CFI Only page, including discounts.
If you have any questions, give me a call or send an e-mail message. My contact details are on the upper right of this page.
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Updated 14 Jan 2018 14:02:00 CST