FIRST here are some tips:
- Always take off and land heading into the wind.
- Only use Green numbered runways.
- Do NOT use Red numbered runways, unless there's no other possible option, and only at uncontrolled small airports.
- Use Orange numbered runways if no Green runways are available. Use caution as these Orange ones indicate sidewinds.
- Taxi at a ground speed (GS) below 35. Not airspeed. Due to wind passing over the wings, the airspeed can often indicate a very different speed from what's being recorded on the ground.
- Flying under 10,000 ft requires airspeeds not exceed 250 kts.
- Acrobatic maneuvers such as spins, rolls, power dives etc should not be done near any airports.
- Avoid airspaces that have standing requirements higher than yours. For example, if your standing is 70% you cannot fly through a Class B airspace near major airports like KLAX or KSFO.
- Your map can also reveal very important details. Touch any airport code letters to bring up these details.
- Top left - Specific airport data including its elevation, class and info about current airplane restriction if any.
- Bottom left - METAR this is live weather information specific to that area around the airport as reported over your internet connection. Remember all weather is live. If you're unfamiliar with METAR, Google it for more details.
- Top Right - Depending on the selected airport class this is where the altitude restrictions are indicated from top (furthest ring section away from the airport) down to closer ringed airspaces nearest the same airport.
- Touch the map anywhere and it will still reveal the airspace data at that point on the map.
Pay attention to your surroundings, read and listen to ATC UNICOM announcements from other pilots. Observe the flow of traffic and avoid getting too close to other pilots you don't know and have not already agreed to fly with in formation. Have fun.