Safety: Become a Safer Pilot at Home

How you can stay engaged and become a safer pilot even when you are not flying

COVID-19 has us all stuck inside and there’s no better time than now to refresh your aviation knowledge with some self-imposed ground school. While we currently can’t meet in big groups, but your club can still create a virtual meeting to discuss safety topics and stay engaged with aviation. 

But where to begin? Tap into ASI’s Safety Spotlights, which make it a breeze to find ASI’s free aviation safety education programs, neatly arranged by subject. Spotlights include courses, accident case studies, real pilot stories, quizzes, videos, and publications relevant to each topic.

Here are a few spotlights to start with:

Aircraft Systems and Avionics
When was the last time you curled up with your aircraft’s POH or avionics systems manual? If it has been a while since you delved into your aircraft’s schematics, you might enjoy a quick refresher with this Safety Spotlight. You’ll learn about the important elements of engine and aircraft systems, how to navigate beyond flying “direct to,” and ADS-B equipage.

Flight Planning and Preflight

The Air Safety Institute wants you to “know before you go.” Whether it’s a quick hop to a nearby strip or an epic cross-country voyage, regulations and common sense require you to be well versed on the airspace ahead and to know how to obtain the big weather picture before takeoff. This spotlight’s courses, videos, and quizzes will help you navigate the flight service system and prepare for your next flight. As you go through this spotlight, consider working out a few weight and balance equations for proficiency.


Radio Communications and ATC

Do you know what to say before you press the “push-to-talk” switch? Fighting bouts of mic fright? Get a little help from the Air Safety Institute and avoid communication blunders with ASI’s courses, quizzes, and videos that will teach you how to use the correct vernacular in radio transmissions with other pilots and air traffic control.


Transitioning to Other Aircraft

At some point you may fancy flying an airplane that’s bigger and faster than the old trainer you’ve come to know so well. But making such a transition requires additional instruction to learn new and often more complex aircraft systems and operating procedures. Is transitioning to another aircraft difficult? Are complex aircraft complicated to fly? Find out and challenge your knowledge—and maybe add “learning to fly a new airplane” to your post-quarantine to-do list!


Need more content? Explore the rest of ASI’s website and check out ASI’s YouTube page for the latest videos, as well as video playlists arranged by subject.

AOPA Air Safety Institute staff
AOPA Air Safety Institute Staff members share a deep passion for aviation safety. As compassionate pilots, we bring together safety research, analysis, and knowledge in creative ways to share aviation safety education with you—with the ultimate goal of one day having zero fatal accidents in GA.

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