New Training and Products by Rod Machado

Updated March 7, 2019

Here's what's new:

Thinking about learning to fly? Do you want to fly for a living? Would you like to refresh your knowledge for your flight review? If so, then the place to start is with Rod Machado's new 40-hour+ private pilot eLearning ground school. This eLearning course prepares you to take the private pilot knowledge exam and provides the foundation of knowledge needed to make your flight training a more enjoyable experience. Watch video or click here to learn more. 

 

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

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    By Rod Machado Every student wants a good instructor. That’s given. What’s often not understood by these same students is that good instructors also want good students. The problem is that no one teaches students how to be good students. Sorry, but... read more

  • How to Sabotage Your Flight Training

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  • What General Grant Can Teach Pilots About Anxiety

    By Rod Machado When Bob stepped into his Cessna 172 on a recent Sunday morning, he had no idea how difficult it would be to apply power for takeoff. No, his airplane was fine. His anxiety level wasn’t. He sat... read more

  • May the G-force Not be With You

    By Rod Machado This is a actual letter I received from a student pilot along with my reply. Dear Mr. Machado: I don't know what to do. I'm a student pilot whose instructor insists that the turbulence we feel during... read more

  • It's Time to Speak Up

       “Hey Rod, tomorrow I’m taking my little airplane out to see what it can do. I’ll see ya later.”   Those were the last words I ever heard my best friend speak. I never saw him again. The next day,... read more

  • The Forgotten Mechanic

    The Forgotten Mechanic Here’s today’s riddle: Name something that all pilots need and use all the time, often don’t know by name, and depend on completely for the safety of every flight. The answer isn’t obvious, and neither is this... read more

  • Weber's Law

    By Rod Machado If you closed your eyes, held out a cup, and asked someone to gently pour water in it, how much liquid would need to be added before you noticed a change in weight? One drop? Probably not.... read more

  • It’s a Long Way Down, Isn’t It?

    Psst! Psst! Come here. Come a little bit closer. I’ve got something I want to ask you, and I don’t want anyone else to hear. Are you afraid of heights? It’s probably embarrassing to admit it, but if you’re like... read more

  • A Foot in the Mind

    By Rod Machado Psychologist Robert Ornstein, in his book Evolution of Consciousness: Origins of the Way We Think, talks about a person he knew as Jim. Jim’s reputation was based on his ability to get others to do things for... read more

  • Dive and Drive: Fact or Fiction? Maybe Both?

    By Rod Machado I am a "dive and drive" denier. There, I said it and I'm not taking it back. The term "Dive and Drive" is used by some instructors in the pejorative sense. It's a pointy phrase that's released like a... read more

  • Pilots, Poets & Psychologists

    By Rod Machado Mention the word poetry to a pilot and he'll act like he's in a hotel fire. He'll think: get low, get down, get out. Admittedly, even I get the heebie-jeebies at the mere mention of haiku (that's... read more

  • The Power of Flight Simulators

    Flight Training on a Budget By Rod Machado Over a period of two semesters, a young college student with two intro flights in his logbook acquired approximately 60 hours of supervised training using a desktop flight simulator. Curious to test... read more