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 28, 2016| 15

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 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 25, 2016| 18

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 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 21, 2016| 22

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 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| 23

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| 40 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 9, 2016| 28

How Do You Fly a Helicopter?

John Peltier Helicopter flight is fairly mysterious, isn’t it? How do all of those moving parts work in concert to make the helicopter move in just about any direction you can imagine? It reminds me of a diagram I saw as a helicopter student . It showed a helicopter, surrounded by four arrows going up, down, left, and right. Instead of the arrows lab …

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