New Training and Products by Rod Machado

Updated June 13, 2018

Here's what's new:

It's here. My new 8-hours interactive eLearning course titled, "Secrets of Instrument Approaches and Departures" is now available. Check it out.

This will be an eight hour interactive eLearning course that will cover all the things that pilots typically miss during instrument training and/or their last instrument proficiency check.  Here's a short clip of what you can expect in this highly educational eLearning course: 

 

 

 

Latest Blog Post

ACS: Don't Celebrate Just Yet
Flight instructors! Remove those party hats, collect the confetti and deflate those balloons because this is no time to celebrate. Celebrate what? I'm speaking of celebrating the FAA's semi-reinstatement of full-stalls in the June 2018 Commercial Airplane ACS.

t turns out that due to the good workings of organizations such as S.A.F.E., the FAA elected to partially reinstate requirement for commercial pilot applicants to perform full stalls instead of recovery at the first indication of a stall (which is typically the horn or light, neither of which is an actual indication of a stall). As the Commercial Airplane ACS excerpt below shows, the DPE (Designated Pilot Examiner) can decide for him- or herself whether or not to have the applicant perform full stalls. What was once a certification standard (i.e., full stall demonstration) is now a certification suggestion, as in Airman Certification Suggestions.

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Be Here Now
If you missed my latest blog post, please take a look at my newest safety article. It's titled, "Be Here Now." If you've reached for the gear handle thinking it was the flap handle or taxied into position for takeoff without being told to line-up-and-wait, then this is the article you want to read. Many small environmental triggers can activate pre-programmed behaviors (schemas) that compel us to act without our being consciously aware of this process. While this isn't much of an issue at home, it's a big deal in the air. Here's an article that might help explain why this occurs.

I have so many training videos on other sites, such at YouTube, and many of my readers are unaware of these programs. That's why I recently added a new section to my blog titled, "Training Videos." I'll eventually have all my social site (public) training videos available in my blog. Here's an example of one training video that all students should watch.


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Latest Posts

  • ACS Changes? Don't Celebrate Yet

    Flight instructors! Remove those party hats, collect the confetti and deflate those balloons because this is no time to celebrate. Celebrate what? I'm speaking of celebrating the FAA's semi-reinstatement of full-stalls in the June 2018 Commercial Airplane ACS. It turns out that... read more

  • How Is Maneuvering Speed Determined?


    If you've ever wondered how engineers find an airplane's maneuvering speed, here's your chance to understand the concept in non-technical terms. That's right! No math here. Sit back, relax and let Rod Machado help you better understand Va and how... read more

  • Why Maneuvering Speed Changes With Weight


    In the previous video titled, "Understanding Maneuvering Speed," I explained how maneuvering speed helps prevent structural damage to the airplane. In this video, I explain why maneuvering speed changes with a change in the airplane's weight. You must watch the... read more

  • Why Vx & Vy Change With Altitude

    If you've ever wondered why Vx (best angle of climb speed) and Vy (best rate of climb speed) change with altitude, here's a short explanation of the concept by Rod Machado read more

  • The Proper Attitude for Making a High Density Altitude Takeoff

    Not knowing how to select the proper attitude for departure from a high density altitude airport means you might accidentally clip the top of tall pine trees near the end of the runway (or worse). This is no way to... read more

  • Teaching Students How to Think Ahead of the Airplane


    Here is a simple but very effective behavior modification technique I've used with my students over the years to train them to think ahead of the airplane. It's based on the principle of associative conditioning. Use it to train your... read more

  • Rod Machado's Five Step Teaching Process (For Any Teacher/Instructor)

    Here is a 5-Step teaching strategy that I've used for decades—both in and out of an airplane cockpit—with great success. It's useful by any teacher in any training situation because it provides a strategic approach to changing a student's behavior.... read more

  • Leaning the Mixture for a High Density Altitude Takeoff

    Here's a short video showing you several ways to lean your airplane's mixture for a high density altitude takeoff. This piece covers leaning for normally aspirated engines having fixed pitch and constant speed propellers. (www.becomeapilot.com) read more

  • Evaluating Your Glidepath With Runway Geometry

    Take a look at this video if you’d like to improve your ability to evaluate your glidepath visually. The skill shown here is an essential component of landing any airplane safely. The best part is that it’s a relatively easy... read more

  • The Runway Expansion Effect: Making the Landing Flare Easier

    Here's an easy method to help anyone identify when to begin the landing flare in a small airplane. The best part is that it requires no math or geometry skills. So, even if your name is not Euclid or Pythagoras,... read more

  • How to Lean the Mixture During Taxi to Prevent Plug Fouling

    Here's quick video on how to lean the mixture during taxi to prevent plug fouling.   read more

  • Knowing Where to Look When Flaring for Landing

    Not sure where to look when flaring an airplane for landing? Let me help you find the correct spot to spy during the roundout and flare. It turns out that the advice we're often given about where to focus our... read more