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Flying a complex or high-performance airplane requires a pilot to further divide his or her attention during the most critical phases of flight: take-off and landing. The knowledge, judgment, and piloting skills required to fly these airplanes must be developed. It is essential that adequate training is received to ensure a complete understanding of the systems, their operation (both normal and emergency), and operating limitations.
- Introduction to the Transition to Complex Airplanes (Part One)
- Introduction to the Transition to Complex Airplanes (Part Two)
- Controllable-Pitch Propellers (Part One)
- Controllable-Pitch Propellers (Part Two)
- Retractable Landing Gear (Part One)
- Retractable Landing Gear (Part Two)
- Transition Training
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