July 1, 2016| 31

Dealing With Bird Strikes

A bird strike can ruin a bird’s day as well as your own. Vern Weiss At about 3:30 on a chilly 20-degree New York afternoon, USAirways A320 took off from LaGuardia’s runway 4 with its first officer at the controls. Few are not familiar with the “Miracle on the Hudson,” after hearing the somber reports of a powerless airplane with 155 passe …

June 30, 2016| 28

Understanding and Practicing Basic Flight Maneuvers

It’s important to understand the purpose behind teach and learning certain  basic flight maneuvers . Jennifer Roth With technology continually changing in the aviation world, flying airplanes has become more automated. With glass panel navigation to autopilot controls, the pilot can at times seem ALMOST not necessary. However, we all know that is …

June 24, 2016| 23

Using the PAVE Checklist As a Pilot

Using the PAVE checklist  is necessary when flying off pavement in Montana’s last, best airspace. Richard G. Wissenbach It’s hard to beat flying from Montana’s Bitterroot Valley . It seems only logical that a state known as the “Last Best Place” would also have some pretty incredible flying. It doesn’t hurt that it borders Idaho, “A Pilot’s Paradise.” …

June 20, 2016| 26

Exploring a Commercial Airline Pilot’s Quality of Life

Starting off as a commercial airline pilot is no easy task. Jennifer Roth To anyone on the outside of aviation , the life of an airline pilot sounds exciting and luxurious. However, that is just not the case, especially in the early years of a pilot’s career . Typically when a pilot begins their career in the airline world , they are probably carrying a …

June 14, 2016| 20

Commercial Flight Training for Jet Aircraft: Details Matter

Modern jet airliners come equipped with a multitude of indicators and switches. Strict attention to detail during commercial flight training facilitates the safe carriage of passengers. Noah Timmins Becoming a commercial pilot , or an airline transport pilot , according to the FAA, requires 1500 hours of flight time . In the context of working, this wou …

April 28, 2016| 19

How To Handle a Plane Crash as Pilot-in-Command

A plane crash involving mountains, ground or other airplanes make for a lousy end to a flight. Vern Weiss Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be Pilot-in-Command of a plane crash ? Just because we don’t like to talk about them doesn’t mean they don’t happen and accidents come in all sizes. Some are surprises such as …

April 25, 2016| 20

Understanding How to Fly a Commercial Plane

A vastly different world exists when transitioning from flying small planes to understanding how to fly a commercial plane. Vern Weiss You’ve been grinding away making yourself marketable to large jet companies. Until now, your sphere has been light planes weighing only a few thousand pounds. The phone rings. You’ve been selected for an u …

April 21, 2016| 33

The Benefits of Becoming a Flight Instructor

Jennifer Roth With each stage of working towards a career as a pilot , a rewarding feeling of accomplishment is acquired. Whether it is the very first solo flight or passing the ATP check ride , each step is important as well as celebrated. Where a pilot wants to go with their future in the sky depends on which path they take. Someone wanting to just …

April 20, 2016| 14

Falling Back On Pilotage After an Equipment Failure

Shawn Arena Hello, and welcome back to another installment of one of my ‘lessons learned’ stories from personal flying experiences over the years. This story illustrates “ always have a Plan ‘B’ when Plan ‘A’ fails, ” and the usefulness of learning navigation techniques like pilotage and dead reckoning. Another Breakfast Trip to Northern Arizona Like a …

April 16, 2016| 46

When Is a Private Pilot Ready to Fly With Family and Friends?

Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady Prior to making the decision to take family and friends flying , a new or recently licensed private pilot should carefully review the appropriate FAA Regulations under Sec. 61.113 ,  Private pilot privileges and limitations: Pilot in command as follows : (a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) through (h) of this section, no person …

April 8, 2016| 17

The Reasons Behind Male and Female Pilot Error

Despite the different reasons for male and female pilot error , cockpit resource management can make single-pilot flying almost as safe as in a two-pilot environment. Vern Weiss In the 1970s there was a rash of airline accidents. This was particularly startling because the accidents did not involve inexperienced flight crews but, instead, professional …

March 31, 2016| 38

Flight Safety: Breaking the Chain of Events

Shawn Arena Throughout my years in aviation, I’ve encountered a variety of situations in which by making the right decision , I avoided potential and real danger. And in the name of flight safety, I’d like to share another one of those stores here. This is a story that involves a chain of events that literally caused the hair on my arms t …

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