Rod's Bio

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ROD MACHADO'S CREDENTIALS

Rod has taught...    

  • hundreds to fly from the right seat as a Certified Flight Instructor
  •  thousands as a classroom instructor
  • 350,000+ through his over 400 aviation articles
  • 100,000+ through his training materials
  • Several million with his flight lessons on MS Flight Simulator

 Rod...

... has degrees in Psychology and Aviation Science
... is Airline Transport Pilot rated with all fixed wing-flight powered instructor ratings
...started instructing student pilots full time in 1973
...taught grounds schools often to classrooms of 200 starting in 1975
...has taught many hundreds of aviation safety seminars—US, Canada & Europe
...has taught hundreds of Flight Instructor Revalidation Clinics—US, Canada & Europe
...10,000 hours flying were earned the HARD WAY—ONE flight instructor hour at a time
...co-wrote and co-anchored ABC’s Wide World of Flying for five years
...was the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's National Flight Instructor Spokesman for 15 years (AOPA is the largest aviation association)
... asked by Microsoft to design the lessons and be CFI voice for MS Flight Simulator
...was a columnist for AOPA Pilot magazine for 18 years
...was a columnist for Flight Training magazine for 25 years
...personally writes and illustrates all of his own training materials—unlike some who put their name on employee's work
...uses humor like no other to help you remember the lessons
...has Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido black belts and 20 years experience in Gracie Jujitsu  (Maybe why Rod never has difficulty collecting his instructor fees.)

 “Machado is energy,” wrote Capt. Dave Gwinn. “He is a Psychologist, an educator, a humorist and an entertainer. He is a verbal gymnast and any one (or all four!) of his professional identities may rebound at any time.”

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Latest Posts

  • Why We Fly?

      By Rod Machado Pop psychologist Leo Buscaglia once said, “When you learn something new, you become something new.” This is a vivid description of the benefits of learning to fly. Students, in the throes of flight training, are constantly... read more

  • Airport Holding Markings: You Can Fool Some of the People...

    By Rod Machado Here's the scenario: From your present position shown in the graphic above ATC says, "....taxi to Runway 19R via taxiway Whiskey, hold short of Runway 19R at Whiskey Eight." (The beginning of Runway 19R is located at... read more

  • GONE: Slow Flight at Minimum Controllable Airspeed

    In its 1965 Flight Training Handbook, the FAA dedicated over two pages of text to explain the concept of flight at minimum controllable airspeed (MCA). Today, the most recent edition of the FAA’s How to Fly an Airplane Handbook offers... read more

  • How to Be a Good Student

    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

    By Rod Machado Are you interested in sabotaging your flight training experience? OK, then let me help. Here’s how to do it. Before you begin your flight training, demand to fly with as many different instructors at the flight school... read more

  • 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