Educational videos and blogs students can use as additional resources while studying ground school.
Learn how to use an E6B Flight Computer to determine unknown wind speed and direction. AeroGuard takes you through an FAA Private Pilot License Knowledge practical example helping you to understand how and why it works.
Learn how to use an E6B Flight Computer to determine True Heading and then Magnetic Heading. AeroGuard takes you through an FAA Private Pilot License Knowledge practical example helping you to understand the differences between True Course, True Heading and Magnetic Heading.
Learn how to use the E6B Flight Computer to answer an FAA PPL Knowledge Test Question, with AeroGuard Flight Training Center. Use the Plotter to calculate the True Course and Distance between two points, and then use the Wind Side of the E6B to adjust for wind and calculate Ground Speed. Finally, learn how to use the Slide Rule Side of the E6B to calculate time en route and solve the question!
An introduction to the Pitot-Static system, as well as Static air and Pitot air, or Ram air, Pressure. We then explore which flight instruments use this Pitot-Static system – the Airspeed Indicator, Altimeter and Vertical Speed Indicator – and how this system works on most general aviation planes, as well as the Piper Archer and Seminole planes we fly here at AeroGuard Flight Training Center.
An introduction to the Airspeed Indicator, part of the Pitot-Static system, that uses both Static Air and Pitot Air to measure velocity. Learn about how the indicator works, as well as how speed is displayed along with common airspeed indicator markings. Then based on knowing how the indicator works, we review the differences in Indicated Airspeed, Calibrated Airspeed, True Airspeed and Ground Speed.
Take a look inside the Altimeter to learn how it works, how to read the instrument and how to properly set it. AeroGuard helps you understand the different types of altitude being indicated altitude, true altitude, and absolute altitude and how to find the differences of each as we take you through an in-depth flight scenario and an FAA Knowledge Test example question.
In this video you'll learn about the inner workings of the vertical speed indicator (VSI) and better understand how it illustrates our rate of climb and rate of descent.
An introduction to airfoils and how wings create lift through the Venturi effect, as well as the key items of the chord line, relative wind and the angle of attack. As the angle of attack is increased, air around the airfoil changes its reaction based on the boundary layer, until the wing reaches a critical angle of attack where the plane then stalls, and produces significantly less lift. This will then cause an audible alert in the cockpit, alerting the pilot to reduce this angle to enable continued safe flight.
An introduction to Spins and Spin Aerodynamics, through the four phases of Stall, Incipient Spin, Fully Developed and then how to recover a spin with opposite rudder, pitch down, ailerons neutral and power idle. Find out how a spin occurs and why these are the recovery steps.
Learn how to manage your flight controls while taxiing in strong wind to keep control of the plane. In this video we look at two examples, one with a quartering tailwind from the right where you will 'dive away from the wind', and a left quartering headwind where you will 'turn into the wind'. Learn more about the aerodynamics at play with the aircraft and why you will make these adjustments to keep the airplane safely on the ground during taxi.
Introduction to Gyroscopic Instruments and the principles of rigidity in space and precession. These principles then inform how the Heading Indicator, Turn Coordinator and Attitude Indicator function.
In this review of Radio calls as requested by our YouTube comments, we look at the Grammar of a Radio Call covering the who, where and what of the request being made. We then explore how these calls and grammar change in Controlled and Uncontrolled Airspace.
Join AeroGuard FTC for an example Standard Weather Briefing leading to a go or no-go decision. In this example flight, we follow the FAR AIM process, running through Adverse weather, Synopsis, Current Condition, En Route and Destination Forecasts, and finally Winds Aloft, leading to a decision on whether or not to continue to flight as planned.
Learn about the four propeller turning tendencies in a plane. From torque, spiraling slipstream, and precession to asymmetric thrust, commonly called P-Factor. Learn how and why each work and the effect they have on the plane.
Understand the privileges and limitations associated with a Private Pilot. Working through a workflow of aircraft category, class and type, through pilot currency of flight review and recency of flight, and finally operations to understand which flights you are and are not able to complete.
Learn the differences between magnetic deviation and magnetic variation when reading the magnetic compass in an aircraft. With an understand of these concepts, you can better understand the impact these have on your magnetic heading and true heading.
An introduction to weight and balance and its effects on an aircraft. Learn how the airplane will handle different as both the total weight changes, as well as the balance of that weight and an airplane’s center of gravity (CG).
Run through an example flight to calculate the weight and balance of the airplane and decide if the flight is safe to operate. Understand the Weight, Arm and Moment relationships to calculate the Ramp Weight, Takeoff Weight and Landing Weight and Centers of Gravity. By comparing these figures to the CG envelope you can decide if the flight is safe to operate.
Learn the correct procedures to follow if you lose communications and have to squawk a 7600 code while flying in IFR and IMC. This video runs through a checklist of procedures from Route, to Altitude and Leave Clearance Limit in accordance with Regulation 91.185, so if you do lose communications while in IFR flight you will know the correct procedures to follow.
Understand the many types of hypoxia, the causes and effects of each, as well as how you can determine how your body responds to hypoxia. Knowing this information can help you determine if you have an increased potential of experiencing hypoxia before your next flight.
In this video, we take a look at why a thunderstorm is hazardous to aircraft in flight. Additionally, we will discover how a thunderstorm forms, lives, and ultimately dissipates. Come along for a journey into a common weather phenomenon and learn why pilots seek to avoid any interactions with thunderstorms.
In this video we will take a look at the three different types of IFR departure procedures. Additionally, we will take a look at an example to better understand some of the information provided.
Following our prior video on learning the correct procedures to follow after losing communications while flying in Instrument Meteorological Conditions, this video will run you through an example scenario to see how to implement these procedures in line with FAR 91.185.
Learn how airplane GPS avionic systems operate, including the Garmin G1000 in the AeroGuard aircraft. Learn how the control, space and user segments work, as well as RAIM (Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring) and WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) systems.
Learn about the different types of GPS approaches used in Instrument Rating training, including LPV, LNAV/VNAV and LNAV. In this video we will review the difference in each of these GPS approaches, as well as the role that WAAS plays in each.
In this video, we give an overview of the Garmin G1000 NXi Avionics used in some AeroGuard Piper Archer training planes including how the information is displayed, and the differences between these ‘glass’ avionics and the traditional ‘6-pack’ or ‘steam gauge’ instrument panel, including the impact to the pitot-static system, gyroscopic instruments and more.
Getting ready for a checkride can be a nerve-racking time, so it is important to be as prepared as possible. At AeroGuard FTC, we have a proven system including a checkride binder to ensure that students have everything they need at their fingertips, helping them to be confident, ready for success, and ensure the checkride is not canceled or discontinued.
In this video, we give an overview of what to expect on your FAA checkride, with the help of Pete Reddan, Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE), and owner of Vapor Global Aviation. Your checkride can be a stressful time, so knowing what to expect can help calm your nerves, and give you the confidence to pass your checkride successfully.
Join us again for our DPE series with Pete Reddan, Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE), and owner of Vapor Global Aviation. In this video, Pete gives some example Scenario Questions as part of a Private Pilot License checkride to give you an idea of what to expect and how to prepare for success on your own checkride.
Flight Instructor Beth Brown, sits down with Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) Pete Reddan to get his insights on frequently asked questions by student pilots that are preparing for their FAA checkride.
Learn the differences between Pitch vs Roll vs Yaw, the aircraft principal axes, and their relation to the four fundamentals of flight; straight and level, turns, climbs, and descent.
In this video, we’ll cover the difference between risk and hazards, how to mitigate risk by using the PAVE checklist and ADM or Aeronautical Decision Making, and how to determine if your particular flight is a go or no-go decision. We’ll also cover what personal minimums are, how you can determine them, and how you can expand them as you gain more experience flying.
Runway and Taxiway incursions are important to understand, not only for safety but also as a special emphasis item on FAA checkrides. These incursions are the incorrect presence of an aircraft, vehicle, or person on the protected areas of a runway, and can lead to collisions and pilot deviations, so it is critical that they are avoided.
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