July 1, 2016| 261

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 18, 2016| 200

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 9, 2016| 165

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 …

May 18, 2016| 265

When To Declare an In-Flight Emergency

Declaring an in-flight emergency is not something to take lightly. Play this trump card if you need it but only if you need it. Vern Weiss What is an emergency? The FAA defines it as a “distress or urgency condition.” H-m-m-m…so would “I have to get home because the Super Bowl starts in ten minutes” qualify?” A sage old instructor once told me …

May 7, 2016| 166

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 5, 2016| 426

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 …

April 28, 2016| 173

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| 923

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 22, 2016| 129

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| 446

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 13, 2016| 163

Aviation Safety: Just Fly the Plane

Welcome back to the fourth installment of one of my ‘lessons learned’ stories from personal flying experiences over the years that highlight aviation safety . This story reinforces that age-old aviation adage: “Just Fly the Plane!” Shawn Arena A Breakfast Trip to Northern Arizona This story occurs circa 1996-97. I was working as the Noise Abatement Off …

April 12, 2016| 617 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 …

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