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  • Be Here Now

    By Rod Machado Over the years, I’ve seen my grandfather do a number of strange things. One time, while watching football on TV, he sat there yelling at the players. I couldn’t help but say, “Grandpa, they can’t hear you.”... read more

  • Accelerated Training With Behavioral Modeling

     

    By  Rod Machado  Before you read article this please note that there are some folks who believe that the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! is a film about Biblical scholars who attacked Pearl Harbor. Sorry, not true. Neither is the idea... read more

  • Making it Personal

    By Rod Machado Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale describes the confusion that James Bond initially felt as a new “Double-O” agent who’s licensed to kill. Bond’s troubles stemmed from his doubts about whether or not he was actually fighting for the... read more

  • Save the Slope People

    It's the Right Thing to Do Recently, my wife summoned me to our patio deck and pointed to puffs of smoke rising from the roof of a house below. I ran down our slope, through brush and thorns, and approached... read more

  • Fanning—A Lost Technique for Teaching the Landing Flare

    Excerpted from Rod Machado's How to Fly an Airplane Handbook. Fanning? While flying? Yes, but it is not something you do after landing hot. Fanning is a technique used to help student pilots learn to land. It involves pulling the... read more

  • 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