Flight Training Tips & Suggestions

Vx versus VyWhat is the best climb speed for your flight situations?

Vx versus Vy

Many pilots get confused between Vx and Vy, so let’s review the basics for each. Vx is a slower indicated airspeed with a greater angle of climb – allowing one to climb to altitude within the shortest horizontal distance over the ground. Vy is a faster indicated airspeed, with a greater rate of climb – allowing one to climb to altitude in the shortest amount of time. The benefit to climbing at Vx is that it allows you to reach the highest altitude in the shortest horizontal distance between the start of our takeoff roll and obstacles, such as tall trees, at the departure end of the runway. In a hypothetical situation, imagine two aircraft take off at exactly the same time from parallel runways. One airplane climbs at Vx, while the other climbs at Vy. After passing the departure threshold of the runway, the Vx aircraft will be higher than the aircraft climbing at Vy. However, after a few minutes, the aircraft climbing at Vy will be higher AND farther from the departure airport than the aircraft flying Vx. There are many more “V” speed that relate to aviation aircraft. For a list of the most common, visit the Flying Magazine website

Big Change for Aircraft Required to Take Your Commercial and CFI Checkrides

AMS Flight School Taxi TipRecently, the FAA issued news rules regarding the type of aircraft required for a initial Commercial and CFI checkrides.

No longer is the checkride required to be done in the complex aircraft. A complex aircraft is one with retractable gear, retractable flaps, and controllable pitch propeller. The requirement still states that the applicant must have a minimum of 10 hours of instruction in a complex aircraft and have a complex endorsement from a CFI.

So although a student must still learn to fly a complex aircraft, they are no longer required to use one on the checkride.

Keep in mind the training and checkride can still be completed in a complex aircraft like the two Piper Arrows we have at AMS Flight school. Come on down to AMS Flight School and let us help you be Pilot in Command!

Before You Can Learn To Fly, You Have To Learn To Taxi

AMS Flight School Taxi TipBefore you ever get an aircraft into the air, you have to be able to taxi the aircraft to the runway. In order to accomplish this task, you must forget everything you know about driving a car and remember you are in an airplane. Unlike a car where you have a steering wheel, in an aircraft, you steer with the rudder pedals, which turns the nose wheel. Push the pedal left and the nose (thus the airplane) goes left – the same goes for the right pedal. A technique our instructors use on the first taxi lesson is to have the student pilot sit on their hands. This prevents them from turning the yoke, which moves ailerons, but not the taxi direction of the aircraft. The brakes are also different from in a car. Each rudder pedal has a toe brake, which controls the brake on each side of the aircraft; the left toe brake for the left wheel and right toe brake for right wheel. Also, unlike a car, where you one brake pedal, you must brake with both feet. It takes a little getting use to, but after a lesson or two, you should have this task down cold.

Night Flying

Flight Training at NightFlying at night poses numerous challenges for pilots, which are not encountered in daylight – including separate rules and equipment requirements. AMS Flight School teaches its student to master all the challenges of flying, whether during the day or at night.

You can read more about flying at night on the AOPA website.

Maneuver's Guide

Click here to download a PDF of the required flight maneuvers for private pilot's license.