April 8, 2016| 11

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 …

April 2, 2016| 26

How Do Helicopters Fly?

Margie O’Connor During my fixed-wing flight training , I witnessed what I thought to be a miracle – a Blackhawk helicopter landing at the same airport I was learning about the theory of airplane flight . Captivated by the powerful sound of the rotor blade, I instantly began to wonder. How did the rotor blades work to produce the lift necessary t …

April 1, 2016| 26

Do You Know How To Give PIREPs?

John Peltier Pilot reports (PIREPs) are an integral part of the aviation meteorological network. They’re used to assess the accuracy of weather reported by automated stations and instrumentation. Other pilots use them to make important decisions on the ground and in the air. FSS uses them to brief pilots. ATC uses PIREPs to sequence traffic around u …

March 31, 2016| 31

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 …

March 28, 2016| 24

Why IFR Flight Training Should Come After Your License

Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady Any pilot who has been flying for a while has experienced flights delays due to weather conditions, and without having an instrument rating , those delays can stretch into hours or even into days. These delays can cause many pilots to make go no-go decisions that are not so good. So the benefit of a pilot having an instrume …

March 25, 2016| 74

How Crew Resource Management Makes Flying Safer

Vern Weiss On December 29, 1972, an Eastern Airlines Lockheed L-1011 with 176 people aboard crashed in Florida’s Everglades only 3 minutes from touching down at Miami International Airport . Three flight crew members, the Captain, First Officer and Flight Engineer became focused on a landing gear indicator light bulb that was not illuminated. A …

March 24, 2016| 15

Planning Your Helicopter Pilot Career

Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady Whether contemplating a helicopter pilot career or seeking a private rotorcraft pilot’s license , flying helicopters is like nothing most students have ever done or will ever do during their lifetimes. Prospective pilots of both genders are entering the field every single day from their late teens into their 50s and older. …

March 22, 2016| 20

Competency vs Proficiency: A Look at Flying Aircraft Safely

When Flying Aircraft, Exceeding Flight Minimums = Maximum Safety in the Skies! Margie O’Connor Competency versus Proficiency. Flying aircraft  competently means you have met the standards. Flying aircraft  proficiently means you’ve taken that extra step to gain a certain comfort level in the cockpit – you’ve refined and built your competenc …

March 17, 2016| 4

How to Get the Most From Online Flight Training

Dr. Mary Ann O’Grady Online flight training and aviation courses are designed to help pilots get off the ground (pun intended), and accredited online programs provide job skills training to high school graduates and college students who have an interest in pilot training. Distance learning aviation courses prepare pilots for the rigors of flyi …

March 15, 2016| 7

Flight Training Videos: How Relevant Are They?

Mary Ann O’Grady The term andragogy, which is defined as “the art and science of helping adults learn,” was used as early as 1833 but it was popularized in the United States by Malcolm Knowles in the 1970s (Whitmyer, 1999, p. 1). Originally, andragogy was contrasted with the term pedagogy, which focused on helping children to learn but over ti …

March 7, 2016| 359

The Requirements for Getting Your Private Helicopter License

John Peltier Don’t helicopters look fun to fly? Well, they are! You can take them anywhere and do anything with them. Okay, that may be a stretch and there are some limitations. But when compared with airplanes, helicopters can do anything. If you’re interested in learning how to fly helicopters , take an introductory flight . Get some time on the cont …

March 5, 2016| 8

Un-Learning as You’re Learning How to Fly Airplanes

Shawn Arena Okay, you have checked another box in your journey to earning your private pilot certificate . You and your instructor have set up a ground training schedule and an aircraft has been selected for your training . The next logical step then arrives, as you ask yourself, “So, HOW do I fly airplanes?” I’ll now provide you with an overview so y …

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