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RCTC Announces New Aviation Program

(Rochester, MN)— In response to current industry demand and impending critical workforce shortages, Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC), working in partnership with Rochester-based Great Planes Aviation, announced the addition of a new A [...]

Ask ATC: Flight Following vs. Flight Plan

You’ve filed a VFR flight plan. Do you also need VFR flight following? Air traffic controllers explain the difference between the two VFR services. Learn why it makes sense to also request flight following. Ask ATC is produced in partnership with NAT [...]

Cycling a Prop

Featuring  Wally Moran Subscriber question: “My POH tells me to cycle my constant speed propeller three times only on the first flight of the day. Why is that? Shouldn’t it be required for every flight?” – Charles M. Wally: “The pi [...]

Instrument Approach Briefing

Part of being a safe IFR pilot is conducting a proper instrument approach briefing. An approach plate is filled with critical information that you must know prior to shooting an approach. Wether you are a commercial pilot or a general aviation pilot y [...]

Business soaring for Rochester aviation company

Since as far back as he can remember, Nick Fancher has had a passion for flying. “When I was about five,” Nick recalls, “I flew in the backseat of a Cessna 172 with my cousin and thought, ‘this is really cool stuff.’” Nick went on to get his pilot’s li [...]