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Overcoming Flight Test Fear

No matter how many checkrides you take, you never completely get rid of what is commonly known as 'checkride-itis' but there are some strategies that can reduce the fear-factor.

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On September 11...

Our country was defiled, our way of life was visibly threatened, and our citizens were traumatized by an act of war -- of unprecedented proportions -- visited upon our soil.

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Non-Precision Approaches

I don't know about you, but you might say that I have an approach/avoidance conflict with some non-precision approaches, in particular with VOR approaches. On the one hand, I like them because they cut me some slack if I'm feeling mellow, the weather isn't too crummy, and the ceilings are still comfortably in the neighborhood of the transition point from three to four digits. Then again, particularly with the VOR approaches for which the navigation facility isn't on the field, the errors can really accumulate if your navigation equipment isn't as precise as it once was, and you don't fly them accurately. When the chips are down (along with the ceilings and visibility), that might just leave you wondering-particularly when you emerge from the clouds and the runway (or even the airport environment) is nowhere in sight.

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