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Boldmethod's Top 10 Stories Of 2016, According To You

2016 was a quite a year at Boldmethod, and we have readers like you to thank for it (thanks!)

So to wrap up 2016 and get ready for 2017, here are our 10 most popular stories of the year. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

10) Pitch For Airspeed, Power For Altitude? Or The Other Way Around?

You're high on the glideslope. How do you correct? Do you pitch down, or do you reduce power? Read story...


9) How To Fly An IFR Departure Procedure With A "Climb Via"

ExpressJet gave us a flight crew and a jet for the day (how cool is that?). So we went out and flew one of the more confusing things in instrument flying: a departure procedure with a "climb via". Read story...


8) How To Survive An Engine Failure Immediately After Takeoff

An engine failure is always something that will get your blood pumping, but there's one place where it can be particularly pulse-pounding... Read story...


7) How A Jet Engine Starts

It comes down to lots of air under pressure, some fuel, and boom, you're lit. Read story...


6) The Real Dangers Of Encountering Rotor Wash

It's powerful, invisible, and can linger in the air for several minutes. Read story...

5) If Your Engine Quits, Where Should You Land?

When your engine fails and you can't reach an airport, where should you land? A field, or a road? Read story...

Mammoth Lakes Fire Department

4) The FAA Is Shutting Down 308 VORs, Is Yours One Of Them?

Check our interactive map and see for yourself. Read story...


3) Landing In Aspen With A 16 Knot Tailwind

This should have been an easy flight - a scenic trip through the mountains on a gorgeous day. And then, this: Read story...


2) The FAA Exams Are Changing - Here's What You Need To Know

On June 15th, FAA knowledge tests were updated, dramatically changing FAA testing. Read story...

Swayne Martin

1) Rules-Of-Thumb Every Pilot Should Know

Flying gets a lot easier once you know some basic rules-of-thumb. Here are 7 of the best rules, and how to use them. Read story...


So there you have it, the best of 2016, according to you. Thanks again for being a part of Boldmethod, and get ready for an even more exciting 2017!

Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at

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