All about dust devils and surface generated convective turbulence

Hello all! So if some of you have noticed after a batch of much relatively cooler air rolls in to an area, the air will seem to have much more turbulent energy built in to it. If you have high surface radiation (no clouds), you will have a high surface temp relative to the air temperature. This will cause small areas (pockets) of air to rise up to equalize the temperature of the air from the surface warming up. These pockets of rising air are what your airplane collide with to cause all of that pesky turbulence you encounter.
You will also feel this when coming in for landing on a relatively cold day as well. The warm runway surface acts like a boiler plate in that it constantly sends air upwards relative to the air around the runway. This will cause you to pop up higher than normal when you go to round out for your flare, cause you to float farther down the runway and can even cause you to lift back off the runway after you get the plane on the ground. The lifting of the air often manifests itself into a small tornado like phenomenon called a dust devil. If you see a dust devil close to the runway on landing, go around! They will not hurt you in most cases but they will disturb your airplane to the point that a safe landing isn’t as sure of a bet. Dust devils can be a bit frightening for a pilot at times but if you’re airborne, you have nothing to worry about due to fact that they only flow upwards. They will shake the plane around a bit but at least they wont push you down into the ground. So in short, if you’re airborne, they are all bark and no bite.
If you are on the ground however, it is another matter entirely. Dust devils can flip your plane upside down in certain circumstances. This type of incident is almost exclusive to cessnas and other high wing aircraft though. The only way to negate this from happening is to position the controls correctly, mostly by pushing forward on the controls to keep the elevator down and tilting your ailerons away from the direction of the wind.
I hope this helps somebody survive a dust devil! Talk to you again soon!

Finishing up your private pilots license or instrument rating

Hello everyone! I get lots of email and calls from people who have started their private pilots license or instrument rating somewhere else but for many different reasons were unable or unwilling to finish off their training where they started. Many people think that it’s a bit odd to start training somewhere else then finish at another school. The truth of the matter is that upwards of 65% of my students have started their training prior to calling on me to finish them up. The average flight time that each student has accumulated prior to starting up with me is around the 20 to 30 range as well. Keep in mind that you have the right to go anywhere you want to complete your training if you do not feel like things are going the way at any time! Most flight training endeavors will lead to an average of six months, 65 to 75 hours of flight and a 96% drop out rate where as my program is a 95% completion rate, ten days and a 43 hour average time til completion. I even have a 95% first time pass rate to boot! If you would like to discuss your training options with me, please feel free to call me on my cell at 702-504-6376. Hope to talk to you soon!

Jamie Clabaugh

Does accelerated flight training really work?

Hello everyone! I’m going to use this post today to address a lot of concerns that I hear from perspective clients on the effectiveness of MY accelerated flight training program. First off, I cannot speak for every accelerated program out there because we are different in our own little ways but I can address concerns about how I conduct my courses as well as the completion rates and the pass fail rates. I will also address my personal safety rates as well (knock on wood)!
So let’s start with the completion rate and discuss all the factors that make this completion rate attainable. For all the students who start their training through my program, about 90-95% of them will get on the airplane back home with their certificate in hand. In order to make this happen, a lot of preparation must be completed before prior to you showing up for your first day of training. First off, you will need to study for and complete the FAA knowledge test (written test). This can be completed without any instructor input whatsoever by studying from the sportys private pilot study buddy . Use the study buddy section until you have a good grasp on what’s going on then start to take practice tests from the study buddy until you score into the 80% to 90% consistently. Once you have that down and are ready to take the test, get a hold of me for an endorsement to take the test. The test can be done in just about every city across America that has a cats testing center and costs anywhere from $100 to $150.
In conjunction with the written test, you can schedule your third class medical examination at any time also by going to Its good to know if you’re medically disqualified for the ppl before you start your training!
After your written test is out of the way, we will need you to study from my private pilot study guide by visiting Please get to know this section quite well as this is the information that will be important to us for the most part.
You should also download foreflight onto your iPad or iPad mini as this is where we we will primarily be getting most all of our pre flight as well as inflight planning and weather.
If you complete these four steps, you will have upwards of a 95% completion rate and over a 95% first time pass rate on your first try. If you happen to not pass on your first time for some reason or another, you can usually retake the practical test that day and still leave with your certificate in hand.
As far as safety goes, we have only had one minor incident throughout my whole career conducting these accelerated courses (or any of my training for that matter). I had a student run off the runway and collapse a landing gear but nobody was injured and the plane was repaired a few days later at minimal cost.
I am only able to achieve the above completion rates due to a number of factors in addition to the aforementioned such as: maintenance- I have a top notch maintenance team whom i have been using for nearly ten years now and all of my aircraft are maintained to impeccable standards that are unusual in the aviation industry. If anything does happen to any of my planes, our team is on top of them immediately and returns them to service as quickly as humanly possible. Weather- flying out of las Vegas definitely has its perks, like the best flying weather in all of the united states! We can pretty much fly 364 days a year here for the most part so it’s usually not an issue at all! Experience- I have been conducting flight training for over ten year and have been doing primarily accelerated training for most of that time. I have amassed nearly 12,000 hours of time in the air!! So I know a little bit:) Examiners- I have been using the same examiners for years now and have a good working relationship with them so that we may schedule my students on very short notice (very important!).
All in all, it’s a very streamlined process when you use us for your accelerated flight training. With the proper preparation and a little bit of effort, you too can get back on the plane home with your license in hand in about ten days or less. Please feel free to call me on my cell at 702-504-6376 if you would like to discuss your options or set up a training date. Hope to talk to you soon!

More experiments on the human brain

Hello everyone! As all of my former students know, I am always conducting experiments on how the human brain interacts with flight training and various aspects involved with flying an airplane. All the information I gather goes into a proprietary bin in which I use to constantly refine my accelerated flight training courses to make better pilots and shorten the time it takes my students to pick up on certain concepts involved with the unnatural act of flying an airplane.
For this experiment, I want to see if certain people will pick up on certain things more quickly than others (I’m convinced that they really don’t). So I am going to use someone who has had absolutely no exposure to flying airplanes but yet has a very high degree of hand eye coordination and natural talent for handling complex video game controllers. Who better for this experiment, I will be using the number one ranked video gamer in the world, Fatal1ty! Yes, that’s right, number one in the world!
So, we will do a half day training session which will involve the most difficult aspects for me to teach my students such as take off, landing, talking on the radios and navigating underneath class B airspace to name a few. I will give him an extensive ground training session prior to us getting into the airplane but that’s pretty much it, it will be up to him to make sure that he can perform all tasks to specifications set forth by me. We will be conducting this experiment in the next week or two so stay tuned for the results! I hope you guys appreciate this, it’s costing me a pretty penny as usual in aviation. I will talk to you all soon to let you know how it goes!