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Flight training includes all aspects of training and testing pilots and other crew members

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Can Microsoft Flight Simulator help me learn to fly (or make me a better pilot)?

Microsoft Flight Simulator has "flight lessons" with a virtual flight instructor, some of which teach concepts that are taught during actual flight training. These simulators are becoming very ...
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Why and when to use flaps?

On a commercial airliner, what is the purpose of the flaps? I understand that depending on which direction they move in, they can be used to decrease airspeed, but I don't know when flaps are used. ...
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How much, generally speaking, does it cost to learn how to fly?

One of my life goals is to learn how to fly a plane. I can't do it now due to time constraints, but I am curious: How much, in general terms, does it cost to learn how to fly? I.e. piloting lessons, ...
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Will having a history of depression prevent me from flying?

The AOPA website lists four medications as acceptable treatments for depression. I was treated with one of them, but it ended up making things far worse, to the point where I had issues with suicidal ...
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What happens when an airplane stalls and why do pilots practice it?

When a non-pilot hears the word stall, it brings to mind what happens when a car stalls - the engine quits. It seems like that would be a dangerous scenario in an airplane. From a non-pilot ...
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What to look for in a flight instructor?

I want to make the most of my time and budget. There are ton of flight instructors and the quality has to vary widely. Besides being a competent pilot, what should I look for in a CFI? What are the ...
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Principle of aerodynamic lift: are misconceptions also taught in flight schools?

Describing lift as the result of "equal transit time" on both sides of an airfoil is a fallacious theory widely found in technical books and articles for general public (see below for details about ...
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Are there “Introductory flights” available to see if I want to pursue training?

Through endless sources available it's possible to learn the rules of flying without undertaking formal training: I can take practice tests, study flying rules, laws, altitudes, speeds, controls, etc.,...
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Book recommendations for learning how to fly? [closed]

With the success of this question, which asks about good books on aerodynamics, I thought I'd ask another general question regarding books that we can turn into a community wiki. What are good books ...
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Why does flight training usually start with (unsafe?) propeller planes and not with (safer?) jets?

I live in the UK and would like to learn flying jets, but most courses seem to start with propeller planes. Not sure if this might be a misconception about the safety of different aircraft types, but ...
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In what cases does it make sense to buy a plane before you begin pilot training?

I'm halfway through a 10-year plan to pay for pilot training and buy my own plane (or a share of one). When I was introduced to flying by a friend, he said if he had the chance to do it over again, ...
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Can I log PIC time when training for a tailwheel or high performance endorsement?

If I hire a CFI to train me for the tailwheel endorsement (this question also applies to the high performance endorsement), can I log PIC time when flying the tailwheel aircraft, or do I have to log ...
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When can I request flight following?

I'm a student pilot doing all VFR flying and making flight plans for training. I've heard that most people don't file a flight plan for VFR outside of training though, and instead request "flight ...
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Can a fighter jet land on a modified airliner?

Imagine this scenario: A modified military 747 is flying at a constant speed and altitude. On the top of the fuselage there is a device like a helipad but with three holes to accommodate the fighter ...
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What are the requirements to take the private pilot check ride?

In the US, what are the requirements that a student pilot must demonstrate to their examiner before they can take a checkride for their private pilot airplane certificate?
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What does a sport pilot have to do to get a private pilot certificate in the US?

What are the minimum requirements for obtaining a privates pilot certificate if a pilot already has a sport pilot certificate? The requirements for a private pilot certificate don't changes because ...
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What counts towards the 250 hours required for CPL?

FAR 61.129 states that "for a commercial pilot certificate with an airplane category and single-engine class rating must log at least 250 hours of flight time as a pilot that consists of at least:   (...
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How does the FAA BasicMed affect the safety pilot for somebody flying under the hood?

When one pilot is practicing instrument flying with a view limiting device (a "hood"), a licensed pilot needs to be along to watch for traffic (the safety pilot). There are several scenarios where ...
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What happens during a checkride for a private pilot license?

For a Private Pilot License in USA, what happens when a student takes his/her checkride? I want to know the sequence of events. According to my knowledge, which is sort of vague, things proceed as ...
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What hardware and software is needed to put together a basic flight simulator?

Due to financial impediments (other priorities in life) I had to postpone my PPL. While browsing the questions on the site here, I was having a look at this question: Can Microsoft Flight Simulator ...
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How to choose a flight school?

I am considering enrolling in a PPL course, and am getting information about the flight schools in my city (Rome, Italy). What should I be looking for? How can I choose among them? Their fees differ ...
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For training with a grace month, is it legal to fly in the month after training expires before going to school?

Most 135 training/testing says something like this: §135.343 Crewmember initial and recurrent training requirements. No certificate holder may use a person, nor may any person serve, as a ...
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Is ground school required to get a Private Pilots License?

I know that there is a written exam that you are required to take, but do you have to go to a class in order to study for that test? If I'm really good at just learning from a book, can I just learn ...
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Can you obtain a pilot license with impaired vision / being blind in one eye?

A friend of mine is blind in one eye and has normal vision in the other eye. Would this prevent him from getting a Private Pilots License in the US?
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What constitutes an “emergency” in flight procedures?

In reading through the more informal literature (Wikipedia, FAA PDFs, Av.SE), I often come across a caveat to standard flight rules and procedures: "unless an emergency exists". The intention is ...
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Does a headwind affect the climb gradient?

When studying for my German PPL exam, I came across this question: For those that do not speak German I'll try to translate the question, but bear with me as it is kinda picky what I'm trying to get ...
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Can hours logged training to be a Sport Pilot apply toward the Private Pilot Certificate?

Can my training in a Sport aircraft with a Sport instructor be used to fulfill the requirements to become a Private Pilot? As an example, assume I've started my training to be a Sport Pilot, but ...
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What special training is required to fly in the Washington DC area?

I remember hearing that special training was required to fly into the Washington DC area and that it didn't really apply to me (maybe it was VFR only?). What is the requirement and what must you do ...
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Can I become a pilot if I am under treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder?

I know that before you even begin training in flight school, you are required to get a physical examination from a doctor to determine if you are fit to fly. Online articles stressed the importance of ...
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How are Airbus pilots trained for using the mechanical backup control systems?

The A320 and friends have mechanical-only control capability (manual pitch trim + rudder pedals) for cases of total fly-by-wire computer or electrical failure. Obviously, this would be covered in ...
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What are the properties of a good general aviation training aircraft?

I've been told that the best kinds of planes to train in are very small ones, like Cessna 150s and 152s. But I've never been clear as to why. I know they are cheaper to operate, so is operation cost ...
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Must I log aircraft checkout flights as dual received?

14 CFR 61.51 says: (h) Logging training time. (1) A person may log training time when that person receives training from an authorized instructor in an aircraft, flight simulator, or flight ...
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Why don't jetliners maneuver to avoid a bird strike if spotted in time?

With 75%* of the bird strikes hitting the wings and engines, why isn't there any training to avoid such strikes by banking if a flock was spotted with enough time to react? It seems what Boeing ...
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Why is a special certification needed to land at Paro Airport?

Why is Paro Airport (currently the only international airport of Bhutan) considered one of the most dangerous airports to land in the world? Is it because of the mountains? In my opinion, Princess ...
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Can a pilot rated in one category solo in another category without a current flight review?

Scenario: A pilot is rated to fly gliders in the United States. The pilot allows his glider flight review to lapse. That pilot now decides he wants to get a type rating for the airplane category, ...
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What are the legal requirements for me to purchase an airplane that I will provide instruction in?

I'm planning on getting my CFI certificate and I would like to purchase a Cessna 172 to rent to students and provide instruction in. What are the legal requirements for me to do so? Are there ...
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Is it legal to begin pilot training on a jet?

Disregarding financial and difficulty concerns, would it be possible (legal) for someone to obtain a PPL license on a jet aircraft? If it is possible, would there be any restrictions on the license ...
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At what age may a student log time and use that time to obtain a rating?

A few years back the FAA was upset about young pilots attempting to set records and crashing in the process. Were there any rules instituted regarding logging of time with a CFI / instructor? May a ...
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How do I log simulator time in my logbook as a CFI?

I'm a CFII at a 141 flight school, and when I give instrument instruction in our AATD flight simulator I'm kind of confused on how to log it. Should I log "As Flight Instructor" time even though it's ...
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What type of visa is required to be allowed to earn a PPL in the US?

What are the visa types (H1b, L1b, H4, L2, J1, etc) accepted by TSA to learn flying for recreational purposes? UPDATE 1 I found some further information from National association of flight ...
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How able were pilots of three-person cockpits at running the normal FE work?

This question is about whether a FE could fly solo. I'd like to know to what degree the pilots could operate the FE console, e.g. if the FE was incapacitated. How much was covered as part of the type ...
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Is it safer to do a regular approach than a short approach?

All things equal, from a standard traffic pattern at a towered airport, is it safer to do a short approach when approved by tower, or a normal one? Assume a Cherokee, Cessna 172, or similar small ...
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Are there any manoeuvres that would be considered unrecoverable in a General Aviation / Training Aircraft?

I'll try to make this question a little more manageable by applying the following constraints, though of course all answers would be welcome: By "General Aviation / Training" aircraft, I'm talking ...
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First actual flight lesson, what to keep in mind?

With any luck, I'll soon be going into the air for my first actual flight lesson. Short of the obvious (get a good night's sleep before; eat appropriately; try to not stress out; etc.), what should ...
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Are pilots generally trained for crosswind landings?

A YouTube footage of a KLM Boeing 777 landing at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands is certainly scary as the plane bumps and weaves and rolls from side to side. Are pilots generally trained to ...
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Can I use actual IMC time for the requirements in 61.109(a)(3)?

I needed extra instrument time for my VFR checkride but it was cloudy for my lesson. My CFII and I turned it into an introduction to IFR lesson and we flew 0.3 actual and 0.3 simulated (with the hood) ...
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LAPL vs PPL - Which is more suitable?

I would really like some help on making the decision as to which license is more suitable for my situation. From reading various forums online, others have had the same questions, but I couldn't find ...
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Does the commercial helicopter training in 61.129(c)(3)(i) require a CFII?

For the commercial ticket in a helicopter you need 5 hours of hood time. Can any CFI provide this training or does it require a CFII? 14 CFR 61.129(c)(3)(i): Five hours on the control and ...
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What defines the end of a “cross-country flight” for ppl aeronautical experience purposes and for general logbook purposes?

Assume "pilotage" is used for all flights other than circuits around the pattern. Assume, in the flights that follow, at any point where required, an instructor travels to the departure ...
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What simulation software do airlines use?

What simulation software do airlines use for training purposes? Do they use software like P3D, FSX, X-Plane, or FlightGear? Or is it a custom? What about aircraft? Do they source them from groups like ...