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 25, 2016| 37

How The Grand Canyon Mid-Air Collision Changed ATC

A retrospective of the tragic Grand Canyon mid-air collision , and how air traffic control and flight safety  changed drastically from one event. Shawn Arena I think all of us regardless of profession or interests, can instantly recall dates of certain events in our lifetimes that still resonate many years later: Assassination of President Kennedy (11/ …

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 21, 2016| 25

How Private Pilots Can Fly Like Airline Pilots

Fly like the big dogs: here are some little things private pilots can do to fly like airline pilots . Vern Weiss Private pilots who fly small aircraft are at a disadvantage when compared to airline pilots engaged in commercial airline flying . When you’re a “solo act,” you do not have the benefit of a large support staff taking care of peripheral …

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 18, 2016| 20

The GPS Jammer: Understanding This Aviation Hazard

The FCC Is Cracking Down On GPS Jammer Use Amber Berlin With the ease and affordability of obtaining a GPS jammer on the internet, the average citizen can create chaos, often unaware of the extent of GPS usage and the widespread effect their personal jamming will have. This is bad news for aviation , as many new aircraft technologies are dependent on …

June 16, 2016| 14

Reviewing Aviation Insurance Options For Pilots

This is the second part of a two-part article exploring the available aircraft and aviation insurance options available to pilots.  Click here to read part 1. Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady Approved Use Insurance Approved-Use insurance covers reimbursement by non-owners who use an aircraft. Approved-Use insurance is similar to the approved-pilot clause si …

June 15, 2016| 24

I Was a New Private Pilot, Flying Small Aircraft In Busy Airspace

The Night I Flew a “Heavy” … Make that a “Cessna Heavy” Shawn Arena This article is similar in nature to the previous flight experiences that I have documented for you. As a newly minted private pilot , this experience taught me how to successfully navigate the fast-paced ground and air portions of flying small aircraft into one of the busiest 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 …

June 11, 2016| 11

When Did You Know You Wanted To Be a Pilot?

My personal aviation lineage and the first time I knew I wanted to be a pilot trace back to my grandfather. Shawn Arena Those of us who have been fortunate to have received the gift of flight or just the enjoyment of aviation can usually trace back to where that flame to be a pilot was first kindled. Perhaps it was a friend who owned an aircraft and …

June 9, 2016| 11

Aircraft Insurance: What Type Should Pilots Carry?

Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady Your aircraft and flying skills represent wonderful business and personal capabilities, but they may also constitute one of the largest exposures to catastrophes that you can imagine. So, the following summary details a list of the most critical aircraft insurance coverage types and [potential] losses: Aircraft Hull Insuran …

June 8, 2016| 17

Why Pilots Need To Know About The Mesoscale Convective Complex

Beware. The Mesoscale Convective Complex feeds on itself and grows like rapidly-spreading cancer. Vern Weiss It is called the Mesoscale Convective Complex and pilots should be keenly aware of the term when it appears in a weather briefing. Of course, all thunderstorms require caution but what makes the MCC so nasty is that it becomes a long-living, s …

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