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9 Ways To Keep Your Pilot Skills Sharp With SocialFlight

Today, we bring you SocialFlight; it's a great app and something that pilots should look into. This post isn't an advertisement and we weren't paid to produce it. - Enjoy!

SocialFlight is the mobile app and web suite used by tens of thousands of pilots to help them find aircraft fly-in's, air shows, pancake breakfasts, conventions, FAA safety seminars and much more; over 20,000 events have been catalogued to date. It also includes over 300,000 points of interest, such as restaurants, attractions, lodging and more; all within walking distance of airports. It's available in the iTunes store for iPhone and iPad today, and will be available on Android starting next week.

And better yet ... SocialFlight is a free app. They just released "SocialFlight University," a collection of videos, webinars and reference materials on a variety of educational topics from pilot training, safety and technique, to aircraft ownership, operations and maintenance. It's included in the app and requires no separate download.

Here are 7 videos on SocialFlight University you can review right now, and 2 upcoming webinars dedicated to creating safer pilots:

1) Crosswind Landing Techniques

A great strategy for reviewing crosswind landings ironically doesn't involve landing at all. Try flying down the runway in a flare position, just a few inches above the pavement while holding in your crosswind corrections. But what should you do when a crosswind is over your personal limits?

Aleksander Markin

2) Icing Conditions

Icing conditions exist where there is visible moisture (clouds, precipitation, etc.) and where temperatures are in the freezing range (+2 degrees Celsius to -20 degrees Celsius). How can you avoid structural icing?


3) Accident Cases

Ironically, if you study accidents you might just avoid one yourself. If you study the what, why, and how in aircraft accident reports, you'll learn what to do and especially what NOT to do during dangerous situations. What are the most common causes of general aviation accidents?


4) Ownership Regulations

In owning an aircraft, you'll be faced with numerous new maintenance, inspection, and registration regulations. As an owner, how should you manage all of the paperwork?


5) Aviation Software Systems

Many pilots use GPS and associated software programs to navigate while they fly. Reviewing how to use the software in your aircraft and at your disposal is critical to staying safe in the skies. But how much is too much? How much chart flying should you be doing?

6) Aviation Weather

Why are cold fronts associated with squall lines and thunderstorms? How can you accurately predict the height of cloud bases?

Swayne Martin

7) Maintenance And Inspections

Ever wonder what happens during an annual inspection? And why does your transponder need to be inspected every 24 calendar months?

Flickr/Alan Wilson

8) UPCOMING: Learning To Use Avidyne Avionics (January 29th)

Avidyne Avionics are common in many aircraft. But as with any avionics systems, you'll need to study-up before you can really understand how to use them.


9) UPCOMING: The "Ins" And "Outs" Of ADS-B (February 3rd)

ADS-B is quickly becoming commonplace in aviation. And with new FAA regulations, ADS-B will be used more and more to alert pilots to surrounding air traffic.

Click here to download the SocialFlight app and get started today.

Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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