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How To: Calculate density altitude when you are flying

In flight school, at some point or another you will be asked to determine your density altitude. In this professionally taught tutorial, lean how to calculate density altitude on a flight computer. This lesson is taught by an instructor from the Golden State Flying Club at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, California. So, if you are just beginning to fly, check out this clip and make sure you know all there is to know.

News: Up, Up & Away - Get Your Own Jet Pack for $75K

The age of personal flight has finally arrived. You can now purchase your very own jet pack for the extremely high price of $75,000. The Martin Aircraft Company Jetpack gets 30 miles to the tank, sails along at 60 mph, and can reach heights of almost 8,000 feet. Oh, and bonus: since it weighs less than 254 pounds, you won't need a pilot's license to operate. Previously, NASA's Wicked Cool Take on the Classic Jetpack.

News: Build-It-Yourself Airplane for $2000

Shell out a mere two grand and you can build yourself your very own operating airplane. Back in 1928, Bernard H. Pietenpol decided everybody should have the option of personal flight. So Pietenpol drew up the plans for the Pietenpol AirCamper, and guess what? His family is still selling the plans for it.

News: Chinese Farmer Builds Psycho-Copter From Scratch

There's been a lot of craziness from the far East lately on WonderHowTo... A Chinese farmer builds an army of robots, a Thai baker makes horror movie-esque bodies out of bread, a Chinese James Bond enthusiast hacks together his own submarine, and don't forget the Japanese cooking show narrated by a poodle named Francis...

How To: Fly safely in a United Airlines B747-400

Just in case you've never flown before, or need a reminder of the safety measures all passengers need to take when flying, this safety video from United Airlines will show you how. Watch and learn how to be safe in a United Airlines B747-400 airplane. The video may be a bit old, but none of the safety tips are.

How To: Crosswind land a plane in FSX

The landing method used in this video, crosswind landing, is the method which can be most useful in FSX. There may be better ways to land in this scenario but for this basic tutorial this approach was best. So watch and learn how to crosswind land a plane in Flight Simulator (FXX).

How To: Maintain that centerline

This episode discusses the four causal aerodynamic factors leading to the overall left turning tendency that an aircraft experiences during flight. Join Scott Ludwig and Seth Hardley as they teach about Torque Effect, Spiraling Slipstream, Gyroscopic Precession and P-Factor and how these principles will affect your aircraft on your next training flight. During the takeoff roll, remember to maintain centerline at all times and don’t get lazy feet.

How To: Perform the UND Aerodynamics Demonstration

UND Flight Instructor Anthony Bottini discussing in detail the UND Aerodynamics Demonstration. This maneuver is a must-watch for beginning pilots and old, grizzled aviators. The Aerodynamics Demonstration covers the full spectrum of the Fundamentals of Flight and various other flight principles that a pilot must master before being truly proficient in any aircraft.

How To: Fly airport traffic patterns

Unless you have your own private airport (I’m looking in your direction John Travolta) then you will most likely have to coordinate your takeoffs and landings with all the other air traffic using your specific airport. Whether it be a towered or non-towered airport, this latest UND Video Standardization Lesson is designed to help you, the student pilot, become familiar and hopefully more comfortable with Airport Traffic Pattern operations.

How To: Fly in a holding pattern

its time to learn the UND-Standardized IFR Holding Pattern. Even though most people fly airplanes to go fast, there are times that we are required to fly those airplanes fast, but in a racetrack pattern over and over again.

How To: Power off stall and recover a small plane

In this AeroCast episode, Anthony Bottini discusses the Power Off Stall maneuver as performed in the Piper Warrior (PA-28-161), referencing the procedures and standards outlined in the UND Aerospace Warrior Standardization Manual. All performance tolerances are based on the performance standards set forth by the FAA Private Pilot Practical Test Standards. Power Off Stall practice is vital in increasing a pilot’s proficiency in regards to stall recognition and stall recovery techniques during ...

How To: Get your private pilot's certificate

Getting your pilots certificate may be on the expensive side, but after only a few weeks of training you can be flying all over the country! We show you some tips on the path to getting a private flying certificate in this video, and if you're afraid of heights, just do what Veronica did -- pretend it's a video game!

How To: Fly an airplane

If you are interested in learning how to fly a plane, this video series is perfect for you. While this is only an introduction to soaring the skies, it will help you understand more about the process of flying.

How To: Fly a plane

Mike Camelin goes over every aspect of flying a plane in this video series. Follow along and learn what it takes to fly a plane. Remember, this series is just a guide to the steps you take when wanting to be a pilot, you'll still need to go to school!

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