Kevin Morisette, CFII
Sacramento Flight Lessons
Kevin Morisette, CFII
Flying over Lake Tahoe - Sacramento flight training


Sacramento Flight Training

Kevin Morisette is a Certified Flight Instructor providing flight training in the greater Sacramento area. I provide primary training as well as advanced instruction including instrument ratings or commercial pilot training. I have a professional "day job" and enjoy instructing part-time as it's a passion of mine.

Kevin Morisette is a Certified Flight Instructor providing flight training in the greater Sacramento area. I provide primary training as well as advanced instruction including instrument ratings or commercial pilot training. I have a professional "day job" and enjoy instructing part-time as it's a passion of mine.

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3rd Class Medical Reform Takes Effect May 1st

The FAA released the final rule for the 3rd Class Medical Reform today which allows the use of a driver's license in place of a 3rd Class medical certificate.

Some of the requirements are that you haven't been denied a medical in the past, have had a medical previously (since July 15th 2006), have taken an online medical course within 24 months, have had an examination with a physician within the past 48 months, and a few others. For more info, see the FAA announcement here.

Instrument Ground school class has begun

Approach plates Looking to get your instrument rating? Contact us to sign up for our Instrument ground school course. This course will prepare you to take the FAA knowledge test ("written test") and cover the ground topics for the Instrument rating. Topics include:
  • Aviation weather
  • IFR Navigation
  • Airplane instruments and aircraft systems
  • IFR depatures, enroute, and arrival operations
  • IFR regulations
  • IFR flight planning
  • ATC principles & procedures

Ice Induced Stall Pilot Training Video

A very good video on Ice Induced Stalls from the FAA that was updated recently. The angle of attack at which an airfoil stalls can be lower when it is contaminated with ice, thus the pilot may not even hear a stall warning when the plane starts to stall at a lower airspeed than normal. Also, extending flaps changes the downward airflow over the horizontal stabilizer, increasing the angle of attack. Recovery from a tail stall is opposite of a wing stall as you would need to pull back on the yoke.




Congratulations Sean for passing his Instrument Rating checkride!

Sean passed his instrument checkride today at Lincoln Regional Airport with Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) Ashley Snider, congratulations!

Check out a few of our new articles:

Constant Speed Props

Constant speed propeller governor With a typical constant speed propeller the engine RPM is set by the propeller control lever in the cockpit which is connected to the propeller governor that is mounted on the engine. The governor along with the propeller hub can change the propeller blade pitch (the angle of the blade with the plane of rotation). Continue reading...

Logging time as a safety pilot

A common question that often comes up is how to log time while acting as a safety pilot for another pilot who is flying under the hood in simulated instrument conditions. First, in order to act as a safety pilot, you must possess at least a Private Pilot certificate, have a current third class medical, and have the appropriate category and class rating (ie: airplane single engine land). Continue reading...

Instrument Rating Training

Looking to get instrument rated or are you already instrument rated and need a safety pilot to help maintain your proficiency? Contact me for further details or questions. Photos below were taken flying an instrument approach into Sacramento Mather Airport in a Cessna 182 with an instrument student.

Flying an IFR instrument approachFlying an instrument approach in a Cessna 182


Amanda's First Solo Flight on 16th Birthday

Congratulations to Amanda on her first solo flight on her 16th birthday in a Cessna 152 at Lincoln Regional Airport. Here's also a story ABC News 10 did on it on 8/29/16.




Flying to Truckee and Lake Tahoe

The first photo is enroute to Truckee Tahoe (TRK) and the second was taken flying into South Lake Tahoe airport (KTVL) near Fallen Leaf Lake.

Mountain flying at Lake TahoeMountain flying at Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake


Clarification on logging instrument approaches for currency

Cessna 172 wing view with clouds Previously pilots would question whether they could log an instrument approach for currency if they broke out of IMC conditions while on different segments of an approach (ie: prior to the final approach fix). In a FAA InFO document, they clarify when you can actually log it for currency.

Here are some general guidelines from the document:
  • "The pilot must be established on each required segment of the IAP to the minimum descent altitude (MDA) or decision altitude/decision height (DA/DH)"  However, the missed approach segment is not required to be flown, although the FAA does recommend to practice flying the missed approach.
  • If flying in simulated instrument conditions, you "must continue to MDA or DA/DH" under simulated instrument conditions.
  • In actual instrument conditions, and you are still in actual conditions (IMC) when entering the final approach segment. If you transitioned to visual conditions prior to the final approach segment, you would not be able to log the approach for currency.

New edition of the Airplane Flying Handbook

2016 Edition of the Airplane Flying Handbook A new edition of the FAA's Airplane Flying Handbook has been released for 2016. This is the manual that covers a lot of the practical parts of flying, including maneuvers for Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot students.

Sacramento Flight Training and Flight Instruction

Flying a cross country with one of my students there was low visibility on one side of the Sacramento valley with smoke from the fires in the foothills. One picture you can see the source of the fire and another is looking at the Sutter Buttes peaking up through a smoke layer. We were at 4,500 ft. at the time.

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