Home About ATC Exam Library Kudos Contact

We Help You Pass
Our free online study guide really works. You can study for your FAA private pilot ground school exam right now. For more info about the 4VFR.COM project, click here. You can find a daily update log here.

Live ATC Audio Streams
Tune into live air traffic control frequencies from North America. This feature requires Real player. Start listening to ATC now!

Reference Library
Our glossary lists and databases have grown quickly. I am working to create an on-line reference library to tie together all the loose ends. You can check out what is currently available in the library

FAA Practice Exam - New!
Introducing our newly enhanced practice exam. Now with figures!. Take a test a day for a week, and I guarantee you will do better on your exam. Get Started Now!

Show your support for 4VFR.COM - Link us. Bookmark us. Tell your mother about us. Press CTRL-D to bookmark this site now!. Check out one of our proposed T-Shirt Designs.

exams to date

Feature Article: Notes On Learning

Learning to fly was still the greatest adventure of life. The inner process of learning to do so many different tasks in a context so radically altered from everyday life is the most rewarding thing a person can do. The presence of danger adds spice to the process by keeping the adrenaline flowing. Weather, circumstance, and mechanical problems can always combine to overwhelm the pilot. Inability to properly handle a suddenly increased workload is the ultimate cause of many accidents. But, when things are going normally, it's actually pretty easy. It is difficult to imagine how hard it was at first. Always do things as simply as possible from navigation, to piloting, to power settings. Added work can be thought of as a distraction from necessary tasks. Excessive tasking eventually causes overload and associated mistakes.

At one time a study was made involving giving radioisotopes in sugar to students. Magnetic scans were made
of brain activity while new tasks were being learned. The study results determined that there is a part of the brain that is dedicated to the acquisition of new knowledge. The brain has a transfer/storage capability that will move new knowledge, once acquired into an appropriate brain sector available for recall. The brain's acquisition center is a relatively small sector that is subject to overload. The pilot processes of engine operation, instrument interpretation, communication, navigation and flying can place a heavy load on the learning center. Only one additional element such as conflicting traffic can produce instant overload.

The student who breaks the learning process and acquisition of new knowledge into smaller units of learning that can be acquired and transferred in bits into the memory storage space. The brain is able to gather the new learning bits and combine them in to unified order patterns. The power of the brain to take once learned As each task is learned, and moved out of the brain's small learning center, your whole brain will be able to put the pieces together. It's amazing how the brain can organize and control vast amounts of learned data. The disturbing aspect of this ability, is the ease with which an additional single bit of new data working in the new acquisition center can adversely affect the ability of the storage data center to function effectively. Yet this new data will be learned and someday blended seamlessly into the total data package as is required in making landings.

Last Modified September 22, ©2019 TAGE.COM

Related Links
Featured Articles
  • Course Reversal
  • Fear of Flying
  • Coffee
  • Runup
  • 1999 Nall Report
  • 1998 Nall Report
  • A History of Running Lights
  • Your CFI As A Hazard
  • Accidents By Experience Level
  • Advice to instructors
  • Flight Instruction/Proficiency Requirement
  • Are You Ready?
  • Shirt Tails
  • Judgment of Limitations
  • Dealing with Delays

    More Flight Training Articles...

  • Student Kudos
    "I wanted to let you know that I took the FAA Knowledge Exam for Private Pilot - Airplane this afternoon. I scored a 97%. Thanks for making the exam available on your web site."
    - Kelly Roberts