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Guide to Checkrides

Passing a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) practical exam, or checkride, is a crucial milestone in a pilot’s career as it demonstrates their proficiency in applying knowledge to real-world flying scenarios, validates their ability to operate an aircraft safely, and is a mandatory requirement for obtaining pilot licenses and ratings. In some cases, pilots may be required to complete checkrides routinely to maintain their flying ability.

photo looking out of Cessna 172 window wing in shot, while another Cessna 172 is flying in the opposite direction

Difference Between VFR and IFR

As a student pilot, learning the different flight terms and abbreviations can be tricky. It’s important to understand the proper terms and what they mean before you enter the flight deck.

Female student pilot close up of side profile looking out window showing Bose headset

Guide to a Student’s First Solo Flight

You may have heard the phrase “flying solo,” which typically means to “go one’s own way.” For student pilots, this has a literal meaning. There comes a point where a student is ready to fly on their own and demonstrate their capabilities as a pilot in the absence of an instructor, and this is known as a student’s “first solo flight.”

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