May 7, 2016| 13

How My Student Taught Me A Density Altitude Lesson

Shawn Arena Welcome back! This is another installment of my personal flying experiences that hopefully others can learn from as well . The twist to this true tale, however, originates from a former student of mine who reminded me of the pitfalls and potential dangers of density altitude operations. The Prelude September 20, 2000, was a typical end of s …

May 6, 2016| 10

Fatigue in Aviation: Countermeasures That Are Ignored

Unsolved Issues: Part 2, Amber Berlin To read Part 1, click here . According to Wells and Rodriguez, the majority of fatalities in aviation are due to commercial flights on final approach-and-landing, which experience hull loss (2004). In approximately 70 percent of commercial jet hull loss accidents, the main cause has been attributed to flight crew …

May 5, 2016| 27

How Aircraft Deicing Equipment Works

John Peltier Aircraft have sure come a long way when it comes to all-weather capability! One of the biggest advances is how we can deal with ice that can potentially form, or has formed, on the aircraft with aircraft deicing equipment . There are two types of systems with drastically different purposes to keep you safe . Anti-ice is used before flying …

May 3, 2016| 20

When Is an Airplane Pilot a Passenger?

Tori B. Mensching Regulations can be tricky and sometimes downright confusing. Test your knowledge to see if you would make the same decisions this airplane pilot made in the example below. Would you make the same mistake? The Scenario Mark is an instrument rated private pilot who hasn’t flown at night in a while. He wants to fly his wife and two kids …

April 26, 2016| 92

How To Fly In Special Use Airspace

John Peltier Does Special Use Airspace (SUAS) scare you? If you see a Restricted Area on the chart, will you always just avoid the restricted airspace because you don’t even want to think about dealing with getting a clearance through there? Avoiding all types of Special Use Airspace because you don’t want to deal with the “hassle”, or don’t know how …

April 23, 2016| 14

The Pilot’s Ability to Self-Assess Pilot Fatigue

Unsolved Issues: Part 1, Amber Berlin The FAA’s final rule on pilot fatigue places more responsibility on the pilot by making fatigue a joint responsibility between pilots and certificate holders (i.e. the employers). This stated responsibility is designed to curb the pilot’s desire to stay out too late and become overly fatigued. However, pilot fat …

April 22, 2016| 8

Guidelines for Buying an Airplane

Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady So what comes first: the pilot’s license or buying an airplane ? At first glance, this question seems to elicit a fairly straightforward response that an individual would not be buying an airplane if he or she was not planning on flying it personally . However, business entities, organizations, associations, and even individ …

April 19, 2016| 48

What Are Airworthiness Directives?

Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues legally enforceable Airworthiness Directives or ADs for the purpose of correcting an unsafe condition in an aircraft, aircraft engine, propeller, or appliance under 14 CFR Part 39 . The FAA Aircraft Certification Service maintains 12 Aircraft Certification Offices (ACOs) with …

April 18, 2016| 419

Different Ways of Checking Your VOR Receiver

John Peltier When was the last time you checked your VOR receiver? As an IFR pilot , how often are you required to do this test? What about as a VFR pilot? Are you required to check your VOR receiver? The answer for VFR pilots is, well, no you’re not required to check your VOR receiver . That doesn’t mean that it’s not a good idea. And for IFR pilots , h …

April 15, 2016| 22

What Makes Us Aviation Professionals?

A Summary of Qualifications, Ethics, and Responsibility Amber R. Berlin I catch the look exchanged between the pilot and his cargo as they board their commercial flight to Los Angeles. Can we trust you? This unspoken request hangs in the air, each gaze finally broken by the crowd pressing forward to find their seats. A few of the passengers here are …

April 12, 2016| 39 1

What Are the Aircraft Annual Inspection Requirements?

Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady The aircraft annual inspection that is required by the Federal Aviation Administration is a straightforward process that is not difficult to conduct. However, difficulties can arise when the mechanic that is hired to perform the aircraft annual inspection is neither familiar with the process nor capable of keeping track of the t …

April 11, 2016| 19

5 General Aviation Aircraft Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Anders Clark There are a vast amount of different types and models of general aviation aircraft from a variety of manufacturers. And there are a lot of interesting facts and information about these different aircraft.  Here are five lesser known facts from the world of general aviation aircraft that you will hopefully find as interesting as I did. Th …

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