This is the best place to start. These Flight Guides cover flying basics, how planes fly, and the rules of the air. Get ready to discover your wings!
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The Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation have authorized a new pilot's license that makes flying certification faster to learn and less expensive than ever before. Find out what it is, how it works, and how you can get one in just a few weeks!
How Planes Fly
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What makes an airplane fly? Money! Actually, airplanes fly by following irrevocable laws of physics. In this Flight Guide you learn what those laws are and, more important, how to be a law-abiding pilot. Just as driving a car requires that you follow both the laws of physics and the laws of the road, so flying airplanes requires knowledge of the relevant laws. And knowledge is power. Knowledge can help you overcome the natural fear of flying. It can help you relax in the friendly skies.
Rules of the Air
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Someday, the roads of America will be smoother. Buses and trucks will be tracked by radar and satellite. Fast cars will have their own highway. Sightseers will be able to wander wherever they want as long as they don't get in the way of commercial and fast traffic. Aviation already is enjoying this structure. Commercial and freight jets as well as faster private aircraft follow instrument flight rules (IFR) to keep them from bumping into each other. Sport, recreational, and private pilots stay out of the way and use visual flight rules (VFR). In fact, VFR pilots aren't allowed to get near some IFR aircraft until they have proper training.