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A pilot since 1970 and an active flight instructor since 1973, Rod is also a National Aviation Safety Counselor, as well as the instructor on Microsoft Flight Simulator and the author of seven aviation books. He has over 10,000 hours of flight experience earned the hard way—one CFI hour at a time. He was named the 1991 Western Region Flight Instructor of the Year. You can read his monthly column, “License to Learn,” in AOPA Pilot magazine as well as his monthly columns in Flight Training Magazine. Rod also holds degrees in aviation science and psychology.

Posts by Rod Machado

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With flight training, anticipate the learning plateau. Aviation is full of plateaus so you better get used to them. The wheels hit the runway …

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With a little practice, it’s possible to keep the airplane within inches of the runway centerline during a crosswind landing. “Never fly with strangers, …

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Through Coordination and G-Force Sensitivity, You Too Can Earn Your Black Belt in Stall Prevention! Featured Image: courtesy of Erik Brouwer, CC2 By the age …

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Aviation desperately needs flight instructors who are willing to nest for awhile. It was early in the morning when a baby sparrow nested in …

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Pilots need to spend more time practicing recovery from stalls and spins. A few things bother me. For instance, my wife and I live in …

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IFR Training is a Demanding Aviation Training Marathon. They put you in an airplane, restrict one of your five senses by attaching a medieval …

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