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Greetings Everyone:

Thank you for visiting my newest site. And thank you for letting me help you learn to fly or learn more about flying. In this site you'll find many resources that I hope will assist you in enjoying aviation. There are many articles under the Articles menu that answer questions you might have. My Blog also has something for everyone, including a minimalist flight training syllabus for instructors to videos on piloting techniques ranging from "When to Begin the Landing Flare" to interesting aspects of psychology such as "The Troxler Effect." So please feel free to explore, and if you have any questions, use the contact link at the top of the page to contact me. I answer all my emails personally. Sometimes it takes a few days to get to them all, but I do...eventually.

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Latest Posts

  • Checkride Anxiety: Much Ado About Everything

    By Rod MachadoAn FAA designated examiner once told me about the most anxious private pilot candidate he ever experienced on a checkride. Aside from sweating and mumbling during the oral exam (the applicant, not the examiner), the ultimate demonstration of... read more

  • Panorama and Pleasure

    By Rod Machado Audio Version Download (MP3)  There are many ways to activate the pleasure center of a pilot’s brain. Speak the words “Broken Hobbs meter” or “pilot supplies, 75% off,” and most aviators become highly aroused. Then again, a panoramic... read more

  • The Stall Horn Fallacy of Stall Prevention

    By Rod Machado News flash! The Mona Lisa’s eyebrows are missing. That’s right. Gone! Some say they were scrubbed off during an early restoration. I suspect they were vaporized when Leonardo had Mona over for a pre-portrait barbecue and he... read more

  • The Flying Equation: The Basics of Attitude Flying

     Albert Einstein gave us E=mc2, one of the most venerable of physics equations. It’s an equation that allows us to understand the relationship between mass and energy. Then again, I’ve never understood why Einstein, despite his towering intellect, didn’t comprehend... read more

  • Suburi Training

    How to Get the Most Out of a Flight SimulatorBy Rod MachadoThe 1984 movie The Karate Kid revealed a rare pedagogical truth of immense value to flight instructors. The movie centers around Daniel, who volunteers to polish the car and... read more

  • Stalls Redefined as Emergency Flight Operations

    I managed to watch the recent NAFI-sponsored ACS webinar on replay (http://www.mentorlive.site/program/3.html). I’d like to offer a different opinion from those provided by the FAA and ACS committee members in this video. First, let me say that in all my... read more

  • Runway Safety Madness – Tongue n’ Cheek

    Nobody moves, nobody gets hurt. That’s my new strategy for preventing runway incursions.  It’s a reasonable plan, given that these events have actually increased since the FAA began seriously collecting statistics on the issue. That’s right. Despite the implementation of... read more

  • Defeated by "da" Feet

     By Rod Machado  You’ve heard this sad tale before: Forty hours of dual instruction, with over 200 logged landings—and Bobby still can’t land an airplane. Bobby is in such despair that his instructor resorts to special motivational phrases to buoy... read more

  • Stall Requirement on Commercial ACS Gone! Replaced by Hearing Test!

    Isn't it ironic that the FAA wants all pilots to have better stick-and-rudder skills while, at the same time, it dumbs down the flying skills required to obtain a pilot certificate? In case you've been in the Himalayas practicing chants with the... read more

  • The Games Young People Play

    By Rod Machado Lucky me. Lucky, because at a recent aviation event, I met and chatted with Sally Melvill, wife of Mike Melvill (SpaceShipOne). She’s a delightful and insightful lady who earned her chops teaching kindergarten. She knows how the... read more

  • Private Pilot Checkrides: The Good Old Days

    My friend, DPE and highly experienced pilot, Mr. Frank Phillips was kind enough to provide me with much of the following documentation in this blog piece. I am grateful that he loves flight training--including its history and development--as much as... read more

  • Reduce Stalls and Spins with Right-Hand Traffic Patterns

    By Rod Machado NOTE: I post these articles, in particular this one, in hopes of receiving some well reasoned input. This article presents an hypothesis that needs testing. Nearly every response so far suggests that pilots should be taught to fly coordinated... read more