Autumn From Above

“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.

Could an IFR Rating Make You A Safer Pilot?

As a CFII, I come across various reasons students want an IFR rating.

Special VFR Clearances: What You Need to Know

There is a tool in a pilot’s toolbox that is frequently not understood well, the Special VFR Clearance.

10 Fun Ways to Enjoy Your Pilot Certificate

Becoming a pilot is one of the most rewarding and empowering achievements there is, but then what? Well, once you’ve joined the elite club of aviators, you should enjoy the benefits awarded only to those who have studied, practiced, and persevered to earn their pilot certificate.

How to maintain an aircraft hangar door

Here is some great advice on hangar-door maintenance from Paul at

Open Airplane Simplifies Aircraft Rental

Pilots visiting a new area often want to rent an airplane to explore their surroundings.

PIREP: Arizona Backcountry Flying

Enjoy this captivating guest-post by Nate Van Ness. Thanks for contributing Nate! I recently spent some time receiving some backcountry flying instruction from George Hoover of Coulee Air Services.

PIREP: Apopka-Port St. Joe

Nate Van Ness, a longtime friend of X04, kindly wrote this guest post for our blog.

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