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Hi there ūüĎč, my name
is Ian

I've been in and out of the aviation industry for over 14+ years. It all started with a discovery flight when I was at the ripe age of 15. Ever since I have been addicted to airplanes, flying, and the business side of aviation.

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Looking to learn more about how to buy an airplane, what it's like to own an airplane or more about general aviation products and insights. Look no further, we likely have an article for you.

Aviation Products for Pilots, Airplane Owners and Enthusiasts

By Pilot Ian | September 14, 2016

For every pilot there are a few essential aviation products needed to begin a life of flying airplanes, calling out weather, and planning your flights safely. This extensive guide will help you¬†know the essentials¬†and where to¬†begin. If you are new to aviation or if you are looking to refresh your pilot bag, aircraft hangar, or […]


Best Handheld Aviation Radio Comparison

By Pilot Ian | September 9, 2016

It’s no secret I am a sucker for a good a aviation radio for my pilot bag. I’ve written about the aviation transceiver¬†that I own and love dearly already. So if you would like a comprehensive review of that feel free to take a gander. Here is a handheld aviation radio comparison of some of […]

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Socata TBM700 – For What It’s Worth

By Pilot Ian | June 2, 2016

Some pilots are gifted with the ability to just vomit information left and right about every single aircraft known by man kind. Me, not so much. ¬†I instead know a little about a lot of airplanes. So as I dig into reviewing airplanes in this random¬†segment called “For What It’s Worth”, I will spin my […]

Emergency Squawk Codes

Let’s Talk About Emergency Squawk Codes

By Pilot Ian | May 17, 2016

It’s embarrassing, but recently my study buddy (and friend) and I had a lapse in memory when it came to¬†emergency squawk codes in aviation. Yes, I know it sounds crazy but for the love of airplanes we couldn’t remember which code¬†was for which emergency scenario in flight. Today, I’m going to make it stupid simple […]

Aviation Phonetic Alphabet

The Phonetic Aviation Alphabet is Addictive

By Pilot Ian | April 26, 2016

Perhaps one of the most fun and entertaining aspects of becoming a well rounded pilot or avgeek is when you instinctually use the phonetic aviation alphabet in place of the normal average joe’s alphabet in your everyday life when people ask you how to spell something. Putting fun aside for a second, the aviation alphabet […]

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8 Low Hour Pilot Jobs Ideas For The Newly Minted Commercial Pilot

By Pilot Ian | April 17, 2016

As I dig deeper into my interest in achieving a commercial pilot license, I have started to re-research what low hour pilot jobs there are for newly minted commercial aviators. There are some typical jobs that most pilots default to when they earn their commercial wings. The main one that typically comes to mind is […]

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Yaesu FTA-550 Handheld VHF Transceiver Review

By Pilot Ian | April 13, 2016

It’s been about a year now that I have been the owner of a Yaesu FTA-550 Handheld VHF Transceiver radio. I thought with some extended use and an Oshkosh trip under it’s belt it was time to give the handheld a fair review. To begin with, I started my aviation radio journey back when I […]

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How Long Does It Take To Become a Pilot?

By Pilot Ian | April 12, 2016

There are a few aspects of flight training that always make the curious pilot wonder most. Typically price is the number one concern when it comes to investing your life into your flight training. But for some hopeful students they wonder how long does it take to become a pilot. To give you a bullet […]

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What Kind of Pilot Are You?

By Pilot Ian | April 11, 2016

So you think you know what kind of pilot you are huh? Ever since you started flying you obviously had a kind of flying that you either wanted to pursue or have started to pursue.¬†Take this quiz to see what my scientific formula (sarcasm) really says about your pilot lifestyle. ūüėČ  

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I Have a Fear of Flight Schools

By Pilot Ian | April 8, 2016

Typically the most fear a flight student¬†has when taking their flight training revolves around either an actual flight manuever or a certain flight exam. Those are logical fears in the realm of aviation, but mine is different. I have a fear of flight schools.¬†Flight schools scare me to death. Whether large or small, they all […]