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Links

Here are some resources that I've found particularly useful over the years:

Aviation News and Organizations

Flight Training and Proficiency

  • Rod Machado's blog: Thought-provoking and entertaining posts and products from aviation's favorite funny man. Rod's books are among my favorite training resources.
  • IFR Magazine: Practical and irreverent articles on real-world IFR flying. The "On The Air" feature on the back page is worth the subscription price.
  • Aviation Supplies and Academics: Makers of my favorite knowledge-test preparation software.
  • FAA Safety Team: Free safety seminars and the Wings Program.
  • Crazy Creek Air Adventures: Where I had my first flight in a small aircraft and learned to fly. I can't say enough good things about these folks.

Flight Planning

  • Google Earth: If you have a 3D graphics card on your computer, this is a great way to scout out unfamiliar airports before leaving the ground.
  • Flight Guide: My favorite third-party airport guide; it's compact, thorough, and easy to use in flight.
  • METAR Map: A Great way to visualize current surface conditions.
  • Skew T—Log P plots and forecasts: These are a little arcane at first, but very powerful once you get the hang of them.
  • Very cool map interface to the Skew T plots: Just click on a location to get a Skew T plot and forecasts for that location.

Government Publications

  • The Pilot/Controller Glossary: The definitive reference for the common language shared by pilots and controllers.
  • The ATC "Bible": FAA Order JO 7110.65T, Air Traffic Control, lays out the rules that controllers must follow. Pilots aren't usually taught this stuff, but it's well worth perusing.

Fun Stuff

  • Sean Tucker: "The man" himself. If you've seen him fly, you know he's the best at what he does. If you get a chance to hear him speak, don't pass it up.
  • Franklin's Flying Circus and Airshow: A truly crazed and inspired act, including the best "drunk farmer in a cub" routine I've ever seen.
  • Hayward Air Rally: How well do you know your airplane? Come find out! Read my post about rally flying.